April 14, 2013 4 Comments
I have no idea how I got on the Sra Bua opening party mailing list. But somehow I did.
It’s conceivable that somewhere on the invitation it said ‘black tie’ but I was too busy marvelling at the mysteries of PR lists. I put on my pink corduroy trousers, (my favorite pair of orange jeans from Comptoir des Cotonniers being in the wash). I paired them with a blue t-shirt and a blue and white striped sweater.
The extensive red carpet was my first clue that I might have gotten it wrong. The wall of big men, in black overcoats, earpieces and walkie talkies that closed in on me with a look on their face that said “The Brandenburg Gate is that way honey.” was the second one. Inside, I find that they have kept the interior of former Uma intact, minus the central point of the horse which has been replaced by another sculpture.As I have arrived at 7:30, I initially have good access to the miniature signature dishes being passed around. Half an hour in though, it’s become a free for all. Tim Raue, himself is being jostled around by elegant guests with feral eyes shoving past him to get at the food. If he’s here, who is in the kitchen, I wonder? Daniel Lengsfeld, I find out. (A former Tim Raue sous chef that went on to cook at a place called “Katz Orange“.) Because Sra Bua (a Kempinski brand restaurant of which there are already 3 in existence around the world) is merely interpreted by Tim Raue. On most days you will find him on the pass at his 2 Michelin star Restaurant Tim Raue. Read more of this post