Leaving an employer you admire can be necessary to achieve your vision, like those Expensegate MPs, who had to split with their beloved bosses to create a dazzling world where "We didn't do anything wrong!". Moving on by moving East, the man behind Cocochan, just opened in Marylebone.
Cocochan's headed up by a former Gaucho operations director whose desire to take a pan-Asian turn led to this elegantly appointed, sleekly modern two-story bar & restaurant rocking a low-lit, timber-clad bar, mirrored metallic latticework, and twin dining areas, one with all-white furniture, the other with bamboo tables & all-black chairs, so fearsome they cause other chairs to drop stools. Light bite (and bar menu) options run from braised oxtail puffs, to confit duck w/ foie gras & caramel teriyaki, to tempura tiger prawns w/ panko & sweet chilli; sushi counts the likes of California snow crab w/ avo, and inside-out salmon rolls, which is really all an inside-out salmon can do. Steak's still represented via chargrilled Wagyu ribeye w/ Champagne teriyaki, while other largeness includes roast herb-crusted lamb rump w/ wasabi jus, and wasabi mayo'd, wok-tossed lobster & king prawn, though tossing the king's soon to be a job only one person Wills be allowed to do.
The bar offers nightly DJs, plus hooch like the Before & After Cobbler (Port, sherry, ginger bitters & Maraschino liqueur frappe'd with herbs, spices, and fruits) and the whiskey, syrah, Curacao, blackberry & homemade spicy sugar Purple Dandy -- also a nickname for the appendage satisfied through the purchase of hotel-room smut, by an MP who didn't do anything wrong again, and again, and again.