Following the success of Maple & Fitz, Adria Wu will open a second store, Maple & King’s in Pancras Square at the beginning of 2017.
Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Adria Wu opened Maple & Fitz in March 2015, bringing delicious, healthy, hearty food to central London. Now, the Canadian chef will open in new development St Pancras Square this March, alongside neighbours Nike, Dishoom and Google. The new, bigger store will serve breakfast and lunch on weekdays, with the addition of weekend brunches and pop-up supper clubs on select evenings.
Turning her back on the corporate world, Adria left a successful career in engineering in 2013 to train as a chef and turn her life-long passion for cooking into her dream job. In 2014, Adria obtained her Cuisine Diploma and studied at the UK College of Nutrition & Health, combining her experiences at both to make tasty, balanced dishes that nourish from the inside out and always put flavour first. Since opening Maple & Fitz, the brand has attracted a devoted fan base, with Adria now a Men’s Health columnist, Sunday Brunch regular and plans to teach at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. As the brand grows and opens more stores, the group will be known collectively as Maple & Co.
The weekday menu at Maple & King’s will encompass breakfast, lunch, cold-pressed juices and smoothie bar and a gluten free bake shop offering salted caramel brownies, ‘everything’ cookies and mini berry vegan muffins to snack on. Believers in the power of porridge have the choice of sweet or savoury for mid-week breakfasts, customers can pick from maple porridge with toasted walnuts and chia seeds, miso porridge with a poached egg, spring onions and almonds or salted date caramel porridge with Medjool dates, sea salt, almond butter, banana and sesame. An array of eggs, avocado and smoked salmon on toast combinations sit alongside the porridge and granola bowls.
The new lunch menu will feature favourite and seasonally changing salads to pick and mix, with add-on proteins such as tahini spiced free-range chicken, miso salmon or five-spice tofu in sesame almond butter dressing. Staple salads the Julius Caesar and Mexican Standoff will remain all year round, with three additional seasonal options changing throughout the year. An array of smoothies and cold-pressed juices offer a vitamin hit, each with their own function, such the immunity boosting Goldie Locks which blends their own raw pressed almond milk and fresh turmeric root and Yonce Lemonade to kick-start your metabolism with cayenne, lemon, honey and alkaline water.
A first for Maple & Co, the new brunch menu will see Maple & King’s open at the weekends, making the perfect spot for leisurely dining with friends or a pit stop to refuel. Superfood cocktails including a cold-pressed beetroot mojito and raw coconut matcha colada will complement dishes such as gluten-free rhubarb pomegranate oat pancakes with coconut yoghurt and maple vegan butter, or poached eggs and beetroot smoked salmon with cauliflower hotcake and charred kale.
The clean white interior palette will be highlighted with matt copper touches, reclaimed oak and marble. A mezzanine, seating up to 33 covers, will overlook Pancras Square and an al fresco suntrap seating up to 12 in warmer weather. Copper fittings and wire maple leaves will be softened with grey leather banquettes. The renovation of King’s Cross continues with Pancras Square, offering a carefully curated mix of restaurants, shops, artisan markets and boutique gyms.
Speaking about the announcement, Adria Wu said:
“We have been overwhelmed with the support from our customers in Fitzrovia, and I’m so excited for this next chapter for Maple. King’s Cross has become such a dynamic area in recent years, with some of the biggest brands in the world sitting alongside independent start-ups. I look forward to becoming part of such a lively community in 2017.”