The first thing you’ll notice about abcV – it’s dazzlingly bright. Decorated in all-white, with pops of colour and rustic texture from patterned upholstery around the space and the gleam of glitzy chandeliers above, it’s at once soothing and stylishly startling.
A long time coming, abcV is an offshoot of ABC Kitchen found at the upmarket home decor store, ABC Carpet & Home. While the idea was put forward in 2013, the restaurant only opened its doors in 2017. The intervening few years, while torturous for those keen on sampling more of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s delicious cuisine, proved worthwhile; they perfected the concept.
Serving vegetarian and vegan food throughout the day, abcV proves there’s a vegetable for all times of day. Chef de cuisine Neal Harden and Vongerichten have put forward dishes that energise, sustain, and refresh – it’s all there in the menus. Breakfast could be the ever-popular avocado toast, given a hit of spice, crunch and zing from sprouts, cumin, and lime. Or a fitness first protein shake with omega seed butter, raw almond milk, wild blueberries, hemp, chia seeds and dates.
Lunch, meanwhile, could be fresh spinach spaghetti with kale, saffron crumbs and preserved lemon or a whole roasted cauliflower with bright turmeric-tahini and pistachios. And as the day draws to a close, there’s everything from seared baby artichokes drenched in grassy Sicilian olive oil and green olives to morel wantons in an aromatic broth with seasonal vegetables.
The influences are obviously international, and as for the execution? Flawless. This is elegant, unique food served with consideration and flair. Not unlike the offerings at ABC Carpet & Home. It’s a match made in culinary and retail heaven.