The new bar on the block
But close it did, and from its ashes Mr. Nobody has arisen. Owned by previous Rare chef John Farrar and his friends David Pickard and Andy Trudgill, the new restaurant is an enigmatic hybrid of a fusion tapas kitchen and a pop-up cocktail bar.
Resembling a half-built mad hatter’s tea party, the upstairs bar has a modern, industrial look. Bare wooden benches to the right, the bar itself is sheltered by a diagonal hood jutting from stripped brick walls. It’s minimal, but as is the case with most minimalism it’s obvious a lot of thought has gone into making it look just so.
Visitors to Rare will recognise the downstairs sitting space, which has ample room for small and large table bookings. Dimly lit with bare brick walls, it’s sparse but chic with no bravado. Like Rare, it’s the food in Mr. Nobody that’s intended to wow, not the decor.
A modern take on tapas
Serving non-Spanish tapas, the eclectic menu speaks for itself, offering fusion small plates that are something out of the norm. Think chopped veal heart, gentlemen’s relish and quails’ eggs, eye of rib with burnt pickled onions, and baked stone bass with beer and dripping vinaigrette.
The cocktail menu is stripped right back; there’re no fancy concoctions. Like the bar, it’s basic with a distinct Mr. Nobody take on the classics. The lack of flamboyance sends a clear message: at the end of the day, quality simple ingredients are always in vogue. There’re four options with variations: sours, fizz, stirred and tropical. As with the food, drinks are reasonably priced and served without pretension.
If it all sounds innovative that’s because Farrar’s impressive credentials mean it couldn’t be anything but. Having worked at 11 Michelin-starred restaurants, he’s picked up a trick or two along the way when it comes to pulling together a stellar menu. And he’s certainly done just that.
Complementing the other recent additions to Lower Briggate,The Hedonist Project and Viet Guy, Mr. Nobody adds another string to the City’s bow. Where once drinks were near limited to Albion Street and Call Lane, new bars and restaurants have opened the City Centre up and continue to contribute to its thriving hospitality scene.
To book a table and view the full Mr. Nobody menu, visit the restaurant’s website.