On & Around the Street


Wunderkind chef Adam Handling is set to open Ugly Butterfly, a sustainable, zero-waste restaurant, Champagne bar and sustainability conversation hub on the King’s Road on Wednesday November 13, 2019.

The project aims to demonstrate that zero-waste can be luxurious and delicious by creating something beautiful from ingredients that are usually thrown out. All dishes will be made from the parts of ingredients that are usually discarded as waste, most of which will come from Adam Handling Chelsea, with an emphasis on the four most-wasted foods: bread, milk, eggs and bananas. Sounds delicious so far.

The menu will include daring dishes created by Handling and his team at Adam Handling Chelsea, his eponymous restaurant inside the Belmond Cadogan Hotel on Sloane Street. Expect interesting dishes such as deboned crispy fried chicken feet with caviar; Handling’s iconic cheese doughnuts, made with left-overs from the cheeseboard at Adam Handling Chelsea; banana bread and chicken butter; lobster shell soup; broccoli stalk Caesar salad; retired dairy cow tartare; and reformed doughnuts made with leftover bread.

Open for walk-in diners from lunch time until the late evening from Wednesday to Sunday, Ugly Butterfly will offer an exciting and delicious menu of snacks and small plates, served alongside a Champagne list (by the glass) from the region’s top wine makers. The interiors have been created using up-cycled and re-utilised materials throughout.

As well as providing a relaxed atmosphere to eat and drink, Ugly Butterfly will become a hub for business and community sustainability initiatives to be promoted and supported, with pioneers in sustainable food and drink, restaurants, fashion, technology, and art and craft, holding free conversations and creating experiences for drop-in diners twice a week, on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7.00pm.

The conversations will include talks from Mike Robinson, leading game chef, founder of The Woodsman, co-owner of the Fulham’s Michelin-starred Harwood Arms and a wild food specialist, and Steve Bannatyne of The Wood Store, sellers of recycled and reclaimed wood and creators of most of the restaurant’s up-cycled handmade furniture.

Ugly Butterfly was developed in partnership with the Cadogan Estate, the long-term family business that owns and manages part of Chelsea; Quintessentially Foundation, grant-giving arm of Quintessentially Group that provides funding and builds awareness for UK-registered charities; and The Felix Project, a London-based charity that collects surplus food from food industry suppliers, and delivers it to local charities and primary schools to help feed vulnerable people. The charity will receive 2.5% of the takings to support its many projects fighting food waste.

Ugly Butterfly, 55 Kings Road, SW3 4ND; www.uglybutterfly.co.uk.

Adam Handling