Painted in bright red, the Petrushka café stands out from the other stalls at the Evening Standard Food Month Night Market. But its colour is far from its only unique feature.
Made from laminated larch wood imported from Russia, and named after Stravinsky's legendary ballet, the café is the brainchild of Alexander Lebedev, the father of Evening Standard and Independent proprietor, Evgeny Lebedev.
“It's a pleasure to be able to introduce Londoners to some of my favourite dishes,” says Alexander.
“In particular, I'm keen to showcase my linseed breads, which as well as being delicious have excellent health properties.”
Perhaps surprisingly for a man who made his fortune in banking, aerospace and media, Alexander is also a keen foodie.
The café will serve bread and other baked goods, along with some of his own recipes. Dishes include white artichoke soup and vegetable pate on toast.
“The night market is a terrific showcase of all that's brilliant about London's dining scene,” says Evgeny Lebedev.
“I'm proud to help my father show the capital the full range of Russia's culinary offering: it's not all vodka and caviar...”
Café Petrushka is at the Night Market until June 19.
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