Grande Cuisine at Eggslut
Eggslut is a chef driven, gourmet food concept inspired by a true love for eggs. The menu is a balance of comfort and innovation, celebrating food that appeals to both novice and extreme foodies through classic comfort fare with a twist. And all encompassing its key ingredient, eggs.
Originating in the USA, Eggslut now has two sites in London, and it is at the second of these locations, in Fitzrovia, that Grande Cuisine worked with distributor HCE to install MARENO equipment that would be used to produce iconic Eggslut dishes such as ‘The Slut’ – a coddled egg on top of puréed potato.
‘The brief for the project was really two-fold,’ says HCE Project Sales Manager, Tony Perkins. ‘Firstly, because Eggslut is based on theatre style cooking where the kitchen area is in direct view of the customers, we needed to create a space with real “wow!” factor. And secondly, we needed to fit it out with equipment that was going to be able to perform day in, day out, often for up to 11 hours per day, which is why we chose MARENO Star70 cooking equipment. It also helped that the client had installed MARENO equipment at the first site and been delighted with the product quality, its performance and the aftersales support.’
The Fitzrovia site is very narrow so the main design challenge was creating a layout at the front of the building that allowed customers easy access to the restaurant, accommodated the necessary dine in seating, and also allowed for the operation of an efficient takeaway service.
The first stage in this process was to ensure that any equipment that did not need to be located in the kitchen was sited in the basement, which could only be accessed via a cellar hoist or narrow staircase. HCE therefore redesigned the basement area to include prep, storage, and refrigeration units
All equipment had to meet the exacting demands of Eggslut’s owners in the USA and as previously mentioned withstand the demands of a busy restaurant and takeaway service, so the main workhorse of the cooking area is the MARENO Star70 cookline which includes a four-zone electric solid top, one 600mm chromed fry-top on a refrigerated base, and two 1200mm electric chromed fry-tops, each on a refrigerated base. These units are positioned under the existing extraction canopy which has been fitted with new fans and associated ductwork.
“As always, Steve and the team at Grande Cuisine were both professional and helpful throughout, providing us with all the necessary technical information that we required and working with us during the installation and after sales process to help ensure that the project ran smoothly and provided the best possible solution for Eggslut,” concludes Tony.