AWARD-WINNING JAPANESE RESTAURANT SUMOSAN TO COLLABORATE WITH TWIGA
LAUNCHING ON SLOANE STREET IN NOVEMBER
Sumosan Twiga will launch in Knightsbridge this November, bringing together a unique combination of Japanese and Italian cuisine. Flavio Briatore (Twiga) and Janina Wolkow (Sumosan) have previously collaborated with ‘Twiga Sumosan’ in Monaco, and the opening of Sumosan within Briatore’s Billionaire Mansion in Dubai.
Sumosan founder, Janina Wolkow, shares a vision with Flavio Briatore of ensuring that every element of an evening can be expertly catered for under one roof, from early evening drinks to late night revelry. Their joint philosophy is to allow an evening to evolve, delight and surprise. This might encompass an impromptu eclectic performance or simply dining within a warm and convivial atmosphere.
Briatore’s long held passion for Africa was the inspiration for the design of Twiga, which is known for its unprecedented locations by the waterfront or overlooking the city skyline. Seeking to provide diners with the best Italian and Japanese food under one roof, Flavio approached Janina and the partnership was forged.
Sumosan became a huge success following its 2002 London launch. Regularly frequented by A-list celebrities, the restaurant was celebrated for its high-quality sushi, sashimi, and innovative menu of Japanese food created by Head Chef Konstantin Tskhay, and Executive Head Chef Bubker (Buba) Belkhit.
Opening on Sloane Street, and set across three floors, Sumosan Twiga will offer a separate lounge, bar and restaurant serving Sumosan’s renowned Japanese menu alongside quintessential Italian cuisine.
The Sumosan Twiga kitchen will see two head chefs at its helm, with Ferdinando Palomba looking after Italian fare, whilst Konstantin Tskhay will continue to serve Sumosan’s much loved Japanese cuisine. The menu will see established favourites and new creations from Sumosan sit alongside timeless Italian classic dishes by Palomba. Furthermore, Sumosan Twiga will offer an unrivalled saké list and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskies. The wider wine list will feature the best of the old and new worlds.
Lead by General Manager Massimo Montone the front of house team will provide discerning service in a convivial style, with Maitre D’ Nico Metalnikoff (Coya) and Restaurant Manager Dominika (Mischa) Kawalko – a familiar face to Sumosan regulars – guiding the restaurant team. Upstairs, the bar will be overseen by Bar Manager Davide Venturino (LAB bar, aqua shard). Davide will create a cocktail list to complement the restaurant’s Japanese and Italian food offering, alongside a range of traditional Japanese spirits and Italian liqueurs.
Opening at 165 Sloane Street, the spacious interiors will be designed by Michele Bonan. In this elegant yet striking space, the simple monochromatic entrance will give way to a contemporary restaurant incorporating a subtle amalgamation of – Asian and European design references. Black and bronze accents will offset classic European stucco and wooden boiserie, while dark wood and alabaster will create a
relaxed and muted space in the upstairs bar.
The Sumosan Twiga collaboration solidifies Wolkow and Briatore’s vision to offer the ultimate dining experience – from pre-dinner cocktails through to digestifs via supper and sake – all under one roof.
The London opening follows the success of its sister restaurant in Monte Carlo, which launched last summer. Bringing Japanese and Italian cuisine together, Sumosan Twiga offers a unique opportunity to enjoy two of the world’s finest food offerings in one space. The menu serves the best of both; using only the freshest, seasonal, quality ingredients.
Executive chef: Bubker (Buba) Belkhit Head chefs: Konstantin Tskhay & Ferdinando Palomba
General manager: Massimo Montone Maitre D’: Nico Metalnikoff
Capacity: Restaurant: 120 seated, 150 standing
Bar: 90 seated, 150 standing
Express lunch menu: bento box will be priced at £29
Daily opening hours: Midday to 2am
Telephone: 0203 096 0222
Social media: @sumosantwiga
Address: Sumosan Twiga, 165 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9QB
Flavio Briatore: a man who is in love with his work and who, for this very reason, has been notching up successes year after year. Entrepreneur Flavio Briatore first entered the fashion world with Luciano Benetton. He then made his mark in Formula One where, with a unique and innovative management style and an innate capacity to discover new talents, he achieved incredible results, winning 7 world championships with two teams: Benetton Formula and Renault. Today Briatore is one of the most influential figures in the sports and media world. Yet his success
goes well beyond Formula One. In the course of the years, he creates cult nightclubs and luxury resorts that represent a glamorous and exclusive
Billionaire, Twiga and Billionaire Resort in Kenya are nowadays referred as Billionairelife.
The Billionairelife portfolio encompasses 16 years of Flavio Briatore’s work and passion. To unlock its full potential, in 2013 he partnered with Bay Capital. The result is a Billionairelife platform ideally positioned to help realise new standards in highest level of service and hospitality.
The entity includes: Billionaire Porto Cervo, Billionaire Monte Carlo, Billionaire Istanbul, Billionaire Bodrum, Billionaire Malindi Beach, Twiga Beach Club Versilia, Twiga Monte Carlo, Cipriani Monte Carlo, Billionaire Resort and Lion in the Sun.
The formula of Billionairelife is a careful blend of the extremely high management standards and the clear understanding by luxury services of FB Management.
It also incorporates the development of Billionaire Italian Couture, the menswear Luxury line launched in 2005. Billionaire Couture, a joint venture with the Percassi Group, today includes a small ladies’ collection and children wear which is growing steadily on the global luxury market.
Sumosan opened its first restaurant in Moscow in 1997. From a small sushi bar it grew into a restaurant of over 300 covers and was integral to popularising Japanese food in the capital.
Sumosan recently launched Buba by Sumosan a casual diffusion of the mother brand and Sumosan restaurants in Moscow and Kiev. Sumosan will launch a new concept Sumosan Villa in Moscow later in 2016.
In 2015 Janina Wolkow, Sumosan’s founder, partnered with Flavio Briatore to create a hugely successful pop up, Twiga Sumosan in Monaco, which led to a permanent collaboration in Dubai where Sumosan is housed in Flavio’s Billionaire Mansion.
Sumosan just launched a delivery service and is firmly established as one of the leading caterers for private jets, private events and corporate entertaining.