Last week, New York's reigning tapas prince Seamus Mullen opened his first overseas venture, Sea Containers at the Mondrian London. In an interview leading up to the opening, the chef explained: "At Sea Containers my cooking will be informed by the Mediterranean and 'New American' cuisines with the best ingredients of Britain." And, indeed, the menu looks very different from the ones Mullen serves at Tertulia and El Colmado, with things like a farro "risotto," salmon crudo, a kale salad, and a whole roasted chicken.
Mullen has received a very warm welcome so far from the British press, and he also got some surprise visits from his New York friends. Here's a glimpse at his first big week abroad:
Post curmudgeon Steve Cuozzo stopped by Sea Containers on his London holiday:
@DBTH Sea Containers, Seamus Mullen's grand American brasserie in spectacular new Mondrian overlooking Thames. Awesome to behold— Steve Cuozzo (@stevecuozzo) October 5, 2014
View of London City from Sea Containers dining room, sorry for poor photo quality pic.twitter.com/ZsIVccWH2m— Steve Cuozzo (@stevecuozzo) October 5, 2014
Luscious lamb rump at Mondrian at Sea Containers. NY's great Seamus Mullen at work on the Thames pic.twitter.com/n2NVbKuaQC— Steve Cuozzo (@stevecuozzo) October 5, 2014
New York pal April Bloomfield also swung by to say hello:
Look who turned up @mondrianldn #SeaContainers miss @aprilbloomfield! Even more NYC love! #nyc2ldn
And another New York amigo, Adam Richman, also popped in:
Great to have a little Brooklyn love @seacontainers @mondrianldn with @adamrichman
In other Mullen news, the chef is also planning to open a spinoff of El Colmado in the Meatpacking District, and a farm-to-table restaurant in a new hotel near Brooklyn Bridge Park. Oh, and also: The chef recently launched an IndiGoGo campaign to raise funds for a short documentary about his hard-core cycling hobby.