Aveqia restaurant - London, UK
First launched in Sweden, Aveqia is a whole new dining experience. The concept invites diners to an evening of cooking with chefs who have worked in Michelin starred establishments such as London’s Le Gavroche and the Operakällaren in Stockholm, all paired with complimenting wines chosen by an in-house sommelier. The space, housed in a beautiful Edwardian red-bricked building in post-industrial Farringdon, includes a bar and five separate cooking areas connected to individual dining spaces and decked out in Scandinavian blues and classic Swedish design pieces such as chairs by Carl Malmsten. Owners Johan Kadar and chef David Berggren have landed this project somewhere between fine-dining and cookery school; the idea is to learn how to rustle up well-above-average food in state-of-the-art kitchens with appliances from Gaggenau and Siemens. Diners and chefs cook in groups of four with each team responsible for a different course, before sitting down at refectory tables tastefully decorated with candles and Swedish crockery.