Weathered concrete walls overlook a smorgasbord of design classics inside Toklas, which has taken over the ground floor of 180 The Strand.
The London restaurant is the latest project from Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover – the minds behind Frieze magazine and art fair – who have added a distinctly midcentury atmosphere to the 1970s space Toklas inhabits.
Sharp and Slotover used reclaimed materials including teak parquet flooring which was once part of a library, alongside classic pieces such as Børge Mogensen’s J39 People’s Chair, made of oak and paper cord. Designer Stafford Schmool created Toklas’s bespoke pendant lighting.
The restaurant takes its name from writer Alice B Toklas, life partner of Gertrude Stein and author of an eponymous cookbook with a now-infamous recipe for ‘haschich fudge’. While that’s not on Toklas’s menu, there is grilled red mullet, crab and leeks and monkfish and chickpea stew for guests that want to stay for dinner, as well as freshly baked breads and pastries.