Spanish chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho and business partner José Etura have enjoyed huge success with their debut London restaurant Sabor on Mayfair’s Heddon Street, having being awarded a Michelin star at the end of 2018, just eight months after opening its doors.
Now, the duo have decided to try their luck with a second Sabor in nearby Soho. Sabor Soho is found on Lexington Street, just a short walk from the Dean Street branch of Barragán Mohacho’s former professional home Barrafina, where she was head chef.
The new site features a main dining room on the ground floor, as well as a pavilion at the rear of the restaurant which acts as an indoor-outdoor space. The menu is much the same as at the original Sabor site, which has become well known for its wide-ranging take on regional Spanish cuisine, which features bar-style tapas, fresh seafood and an upstairs asador serving the likes of whole suckling pig.
Barragán Mohacho appears to have had a change of heart regarding the opening of a second Sabor site in the capital. In July 2019, she told SquareMeal that she didn’t want to open a sibling site for the restaurant because “Sabor is unique”. However she did mention that she wanted to open a different concept in London – “something smaller”, as she put it.
Like many of London’s most successful restaurants, Sabor falls under the umbrella of the ever-expanding JKS Restaurants group. Although JKS does not fully own Sabor, it has invested in the project, as well as several other London big-hitters such as two Michelin-starred Kitchen Table in Fitzrovia, Michelin-starred Lyle’s in Shoreditch and acclaimed Iranian restaurant Berenjak in Soho.
The group’s portfolio of restaurants that it does own spans a collection of South Asian venues, including two Hoppers in Soho and Marylebone, Brigadiers in the City and Gymkhana in Mayfair.