Guillaume Glipa, a name synonymous with some of London’s most celebrated restaurants (Umu, Zuma, Coya, Chiltern Firehouse) proudly reveals the details of his own debut, Louie - a joint venture with Laurent de Gourcuff, for whose “Paris Society” group it will be the first venue to open in a London location.
Drawing inspiration from several eras, Louie is named in honour of two key figures in the history of New Orleans and France – Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, and Louie Armstrong. Naturally there is also the obvious nod to Louisiana itself, named by French explorer, Le Salle, in honour of Louis XIV in the 1680s. The logo, Louie himself, is a well-fed alligator, inspired by those on the Mississippi river. From Paris to New-Orleans Louie blends the characteristics of four cities, invoking the soul of New Orleans, the sophistication of Paris, and the sass of a New Yorker – all set on London’s stage. It is a space in which people feel comfortable - a home from home environment while constantly being surprised and delighted by “happy accidents”.
Glipa envisioned a restaurant in which the flair would be put back into hospitality so that the entire experience would be akin to being on a movie set. Rather than just focusing on food, music, design or theatre, he looked at how each would play its own part in creating this unique location.
Glipa commented, "we think of Louie as a set, imagine; Hidden in plain sight behind a black brick façade, a famed townhouse on 15 West Street, Covent Garden will call itself home to Louie. Only the sly gaze of a dancing alligator adorning the flag outside hints at what lies beyond its doors. Upon entering, you discover a place unlike any you’ve been before; transported into a time you’ve only ever known from black and white films. Your eyes slowly adjust to other colours, a different light."
Lead by Executive Head Chef, Slade Rushing, the menu embraces classic French gastronomy, New Orleans revisited Creole dishes, and New York culinary heritage. From Po-Boys to classical French fare, the menu will allow for both light bites and substantial options depending on the mood of the diners. Building upon his childhood memories in the kitchen, his journey as a chef and experiences in London, Slade has curated a menu that will champion local produce, unique flavours and rich spices. Signature dishes will include ‘deconstructed’ oysters Rockefeller, New Orleans style BBQ lobster and banana foster rum baba.
LOUIE 13-15 West Street London WC2H 9NE www.Louie-london.com
Monday to Friday: 5.30PM to 11PM
Saturday: 11AM to 11PM
Sunday: 11AM to 10PM
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