In advance of the grand opening of Blu Duby restaurant on Thursday, July 12, 2012, owner Joe Duby was kind enough to allow London Dining Review an exclusive first look into the revamped and sophisticated-looking new establishment in the former Braise location. Read our full interview with Joe as well as background information on the restaurant.
The restaurant’s exterior still features a prominent main entrance off Dundas Street flanked by large windows overlooking street traffic. A wooden arch welcomes guests into a small waiting area with the hostess stand and coat check.
Near the front lies a large, glass enclosed wine cellar (storage area actually) that features wines from around the world matched to an eclectic menu. New world wines are prominent.
With their long and narrow floorplan, guests enjoy a good view of the action as they enter the restaurant. Seating is slightly different in anticipation of a private 110-seat event being held on Wednesday evening. The layout offers several alcoves which are suitable for smaller groups and private, more intimate dinners.
In addition to free-standing tables, long comfortable banquettes line the restaurant’s western wall. Custom built and brand new, the leather material is tough and durable for easy maintenance but still quite stylish.
The bar remains in the same location as it did previously at Braise, but has been refinished and altered slightly to allow for more service area from the kitchen. Red highlights provide some pop and contast from the rest of the restaurant’s decor.
Guests entering from the Market Street entrance (by the Covent Market) pass a small hostess stand and have a similarly encompassing view of the ample seating. More black and white photos line the walls in addition to beautiful and colourful art by London artist, Greg Benz.
A few examples of artwork hanging in the centre dining area.
We hope you enjoy this exclusive preview of the Blu Duby’s design and decor. All photographs are by Paul Mitchell and copyright of London Dining Review. Further information and an interview with owner Joe Duby is being published in advance of the Thursday, July 12 lunchtime launch.