Nima Safei is to launch a sister site to his popular 40 Dean Street restaurant in London’s Soho next month.


The restaurateur will open 64 Old Compton Street on 3 July, almost 15 years after the launch of his original site.


It is billed as offering an “affordable” Italian menu, with main courses ranging from £13.90 to £21.50.


Safei launched 40 Dean Street in 2009 but said the popularity of the restaurant meant it frequently had to turn people away.


The new restaurant will be only a few minutes’ walk away and feature a bold red fascia with a gold and black logo reminiscent of famous New York nightclub Studio 54.


The dining room will be painted dark blue, filled with antiques and half hidden from view by a café curtain.


Dishes will include pizza ‘nduja with sausage meat and buffalo mozzarella; linguine tiger prawns, courgettes, garlic, chillies, and white wine; and Chicken Milanese with spaghetti tomato and basil sauce, rocket, and lemon.



Cocktails will range in price from £10.50 to £12 and a short Italian and French wine list will start from £24.10 with all bottles under £50.


Safei said: “Since 2009 the wonderful people of Soho have taken 40 Dean Street to their hearts and many treat it like an extension of their home, office or hotel. But we were having to turn too many people away, so opening 64 Old Compton Street literally round the corner felt like the perfect solution.


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