With its zinc-topped bar, red leather stools, oak-framed wine displays, open fireplace and strikingly curated art (which includes pieces by Gary Hume and Julian Opie), the stylish interior of bistro Cassis – designed by Tara Bernerd – attracts a design-savvy crowd who appreciate the bold flavours of its cuisine. But with many watching their waistlines after the festive indulgences, head chef Massimiliano Blasone has worked with fitness expert Matt Roberts to create a special New Year menu. It remains a fine example of traditional Provençal fare – with far fewer calories.
A highly sought-after personal trainer whose clientele includes Tom Ford and Trudi Styler, Matt Roberts has devised a menu tailored to the body beautiful, comprising main courses with less than 400 calories and two-course combinations that never exceed 650. It launches on New Year’s Day and will be available Monday to Friday, with each dish created to ensure that bad fats are kept to a minimum, while good fats are introduced through a clever choice of oils and fresh fish. Entrées include ribollita soup and crispy cereals, followed by main courses such as pumpkin risotto with aged Parmesan or Scottish lemon sole with steamed potatoes, courgettes and salmoriglio dressing. The dessert highlight is a Green Apple Infuse with seasonal fruit.
At the bar, the Matt Roberts menu extends to a low-fat, protein-packed Morning Smoothie, a tension-easing Green Energy Smoothie and a Lean & Mean post-workout drink designed to boost energy without a sugar “spike”. It’s certainly one way to toast the dawning of 2013.