The restaurant, Meat the Fish, just off the Kings Road, is the first London outpost of the restaurant which is a big hit in Beirut, Lebanon (it started in 2011 as a delivery service – curating the best meat, fish and other premium ingredients and there are now three Meat the Fish locations in Lebanon). The restaurants are listed in the World’s 50 best Discovery List.
The London branch serves Mediterranean-Asian inspired fare, with a Lebanese twist. It's quite a coup to bring Bokja to London - founded in 2000 by Beirut-based designers Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, the textile design studio Bokja specialise in one-off pieces upholstered with a wide variety of vintage and contemporary textiles. They scour flea markets and antique stores for vintage furniture items from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, repair them, and envelope the forms in a colourful array of recycled textiles and embroideries from all around the world.
Image courtesy of Bokja
In some cases, more than twenty cloth patterns may be used to cover a single chair or sofa. These include textiles and tapestries from Levant and countries along the Silk Road - Uzbeki national fabrics, Damascene brocade, Chinese silks and brocades, Lebanese traditional costume materials, beautiful Russian chintzes, embroideries from Turkey, suzanis (embroidered tribal textiles) from Central Asia.....
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