A globally renowned Brazilian chef whose two-Michelin-star restaurant Oteque in Rio de Janeiro was voted number 47 this week in the list of the world’s 50 best restaurants, is set to open a new location on London’s Oxford Street before the end of the year. .
Chef Alberto Landgraf, who began his career in London in the early 2000s, will open an ambitious fine dining restaurant, called Bossa, under the Brazilian Consulate on Vere Street; a spokesperson told Eater that the chef will “bring to the city the wealth of Brazilian flavors that means so much to him.” It replaces the now closed Lebanese restaurant Maroush. Its spokesman said it will open, “if there is no delay, by the end of this year.”
“I am very happy that my first international project will take place in London. It’s very emotional for me as I started my career twenty-two years ago in this city. When I returned to Brazil six years later, I never thought I’d come back where it all started to open my own restaurant,” Landgraf said in a statement shared with Eater.
“It seems like a wild dream to bring Brazil not only to London but also to Europe. I really want to make it special so I’ll be bringing the best part of my Oteque team to town. As you can imagine, it won’t be a traditional place, but it won’t be the second Oteque either. We will spoil you with contemporary Brazilian food and a very strong wine and cocktail list in a nice, relaxed, warm atmosphere and I really hope you enjoy it.”
Landgraf is of German and Japanese descent; he says he grew up with a lot of respect for nature, seasons and good products. His Japanese mother “taught him ethics and discipline, which are always present in everything he does, and nurtured his poetic soul,” his spokesman said.
In the early 2000s, Landgraf, then a physics graduate, came to London to learn English. His accidental switch to hospitality came after he discovered that he needed an income to stay in the city. He worked for both Tom Aikens (!) and Gordon Ramsay (!!) before returning to Brazil in 2006 to open his first restaurant. Epice opened in 2008 in Sao Paulo and quickly gained recognition, including a Michelin star.
Oteque opened its doors in 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, “focusing on its Japanese heritage, not through ingredients, but through simplicity, precise technique and high ethics.” In February of this year, he visited London to cook with chef James Lowe at Shoreditch’s Lyle’s. His talent for cooking over fire stood out. “Alberto specializes in creating dishes using the diverse seafood that has landed in the waters around Rio,” reads the pre-event blurb. For the collaboration, Landgraf brought in special ingredients such as raw Brazilian cashew fruit, variations of manioc (Brazil’s main starch), tucipi (the naturally fermented juice of the manioc root) and raw Brazil nuts for ice cream. Like Epice, Oteque was a hit from the start: just a few months after opening, it won a spot on Latin America’s 50 best list (it’s now number 12) and its first Michelin star, followed by its second star. a year later .
He hopes for success here, while Londoners can look forward to bringing something completely different to the capital.
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