Hospitality pros Corbin & King plan to open an expansive seafood restaurant for their eight London location.
Occupying a massive space in bustling Soho, Manzi’s will be a seafood restaurant with nautical themes, which will sit on the more casual scale of Corbin & King’s vast restaurant spectrum. Unlike some of the pair’s other former projects (such as high-end The Wolseley or The Colony Grill Room), Manzi’s will have a fun and affordable vibe, similar to that of Brasserie Zedel.
If you’re wondering where the name comes from, it’s a bit on an in-joke to diners who have long been exploring London’s restaurant scene. Manzi’s was a long-standing fish restaurant in central London which shut its doors in 2012. In his email newsletter, Jeremy King revealed the reasoning behind their decision to christen this site Manzi’s: “So called not because it is on the same site but in tribute to the long lamented Leicester Square forefather that so many of us mourned its passing”.
The restaurant spreads itself across two floors and boasts windows on both sides of the dining rooms (a rarity in Soho), guaranteeing plenty of natural light. Like its name sake, Manzi’s food menu will specialise in seafood, providing plenty of options for those following a pescatarian diet.
The restaurant will seat 241 diners, as well as an additional 44 covers outside on the terrace. There will be a ground-floor bar and dining room, while another more formal dining room will be found upstairs, along with a private dining room.
The news of the opening comes hot on the heels of Corbin & King launching Soutine in St John’s Wood. However, Jeremy King reassured diners in his newsletter that Manzi’s will not actually open its doors until well into 2020 and that the opening will be “a great deal less frenetic than in 2012 when we opened three restaurants within 10 months! (The Delaunay, Brasserie Zédel and Colbert).”