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Des Gunewardena introduces Engel and Jang

Published:  17 April, 2024

Des Gunewardena, co-founder and former chief executive of D&D London, has unveiled the forthcoming launch of Engel and Jang, set to debut at the London Royal Exchange in June 2024. This venture marks the inaugural project from Gunewardena's newly established hospitality entity, D3 Collective.

Engel, occupying the North and East Mezzanines, will channel 1920s Berlin offering a blend of cocktail culture and live performance. Led by mixologist Mihai Burca, Engel’s bar team is complemented by an Austrian and German-inspired menu curated for daytime and evening. The adjoining Engel live space will host cabaret music evenings and cater to exclusive private events. 

On the South Mezzanine, Jang will take centre stage, presenting modern interpretations of Korean and Japanese cuisine. Helmed by chef Dana Choi, whose culinary journey includes collaborations with Judy Joo and Seoul Bird.

Reflecting on the venture, Des Gunewardena said: “We’re excited about Engel and Jang bringing something new and different to The Royal Exchange with their unique approach to design, dining, and entertainment. Engel is very much a venue for today but inspired by the spirit of 1920s Berlin. Jang will offer a more intimate dining experience that, at its heart, celebrates Korean cuisine. We hope, through Jang, that Korean cuisine will become more widely enjoyed and appreciated in London.”

Overseeing the venture are industry stalwarts Kim Sin Tae, appointed as operations director, and Jose Ubero, assuming the role of general manager. 

Engel and Jang is set to welcome guests from Monday to Friday at The Mezzanine, first floor, The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LQ, commencing June 2024.