“This sort of dinner is the complete antithesis of everything London restaurants
have been puritanically trying to achieve for the past decade. It isn’t pious or ecologically correct, it isn’t reverent of ingredients, cooking methods, authenticity or region. It isn’t simple and honest. It’s fussy and duplicitous, it’s expensive and dictatorial, it’s vain and funny and brilliant and beautiful…”
Bo London, 4 Mill Street, London, W1S 2AX
Bo London introduces Alvin’s signature cooking style, “X-treme Chinese” to the city, playing with ingredients and techniques with immeasurable precision and combining centuries old recipes with modern cooking methods. The self taught chef breaks down perceptions of traditional and regional Chinese food, taking his guests to the “X-treme” and hopes to revolutionise Chinese gastronomy in London, creating an entirely new dimension for his diners to explore.
The menu at Bo London exemplifies Alvin’s ability to surprise. It will highlight not only favourite dishes from Bo Innovation in Hong Kong, but will also debut new culinary creations inspired by British cuisine and culture.
We achieved our first star in September 2013 after being open for less than a year and in December 2013 Bo Innovation in Hong Kong got their 3rd star. Alvin's spin off restaurant, "MIC Kitchen" got its first star too in Hong Kong.
“London has this unique energy and just feels different from any other city I’ve been to. It has a wonderful rich history of tradition, ceremony and craftsmanship and as long as that is respected, there is also a celebration of innovation and modernism. It seems to filter into every corner - whether it’s design, fashion, music, visual art or even its dynamic food scene. I’m really looking forward to opening Bo London and becoming part of it.”
Born in London, chef Alvin Leung grew up in Toronto, before returning to the UK to get a degree in environmental science.
He worked for several successful decades as a sound engineer in Hong Kong and owned noise-control equipment production factories in China.
Throughout his life Alvin loved to cook. His travels gave him the opportunity to experience different cuisine styles, different restaurant cultures and different approaches from traditional to modern, exploring Chinese and western attitudes and creative approaches. Until this point only friends and family enjoyed the results of his cooking.
In 2005, Leung opened Bo Innovation establishing his own unique brand “X-treme Chinese” cuisine – combining centuries old recipes with modern cooking techniques. In a world where chefs are hindered by categorisation, Alvin has created his own identity. Breaking down the perceptions of traditional regional Chinese food and introducing his own cooking identity to a wowrld market.
In 2009, Bo Innovation became Hong Kong’s only independent restaurant to be awarded two Michelin stars.
His talents have been recognised, not only in Hong Kong but also on the world stage, where he has represented modern China gastronomy at leading events, including Sydney International Food Festival, Identità Golose in Milan and Lo Mejor de la Gastronomia in San Sebastian.
In 2011, he filmed his first TV series called ‘The Maverick Chef’ where he could show to a larger audience his enthusiasm, creativity and his passion for seasonality and the use of quality local produce and ingredients.
In October 2012, Alvin is bringing his X-treme Chinese cuisine to London. Bo London in Mayfair will be the chef’s first establishment outside Hong Kong and a return to the city of his birth.
Alvin will appear on the hit tv series Master Chef Canada as one of the three main judges along side Claudio Aprite and Micheal Bonacini.
A more intimate setting is available on the lower ground with a Private Dining Room – seating 20 guests - utilising subtle lighting and original finishes to provide customers with a personal space to savour the theatre of the kitchen.
The facilities of the private dining Room can be tailored to suit individual requirements and the kitchens at Bo London can adapt to provide anything from canapés or full lunch or dinner.
Two “semi-private” dining areas are available within the main room’s design, one of which will be a Chef’s Table seating up to 8 guests and will afford diners a glimpse at the action behind Alvin’s “X-treme” cuisine.
Lunch: Monday–Friday from 12:30pm–3:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday from 7:00pm–11:00pm
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Shop 13,2/f,J Residence
60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Lunch: Monday-Friday 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday from 7:00pm – late
Last Order: Lunch: 2:00pm, Dinner: 9:30pm
Demon Days: Alvin Leung on Nowness.com.