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Chilli dipping

Korova has reinvented itself, changing its colours, doubling in size and installing a restaurant slap in the centre of things: Korova Chiili Grille. And here are some snaps of the big do they threw

Published on July 16th 2007.

Chilli dipping

It's all change at Korova. Not only has Wood Street venue been given a fresh lick of paint and new decs (the main bar has gone blue) but the style-lovers' haunt has extended to a new "Red Room" based on the one in the Black Lodge scenes in Twin Peaks.

But what to do with all this space in a non-smoking world? Throw in a brand new restaurant, of course, with all the aromas to help assauge those munchies.

So say hello to Korova Chilli Grille – a fully-fledged restaurant serving steaks, fish and vegetarian food accompanied by a DJ. And, in our experience, they've got a good track record with food, these Korova people, so look forward to being treated.

However, it's not gone too grown up: At 11pm it's all change again when the tables disappear and the Red Room is transformed into a dancefloor so you can work off your swordfish.

Like all the other venues in Korova's stable, such as the Negrescos in Lark Lane and Woolton, interior styling is everything. At the launch party a few nights ago, the city's beau monde got to trip on distinctive, monochrome, zig-zag flooring while brushing against plush floor to ceiling red curtains without a single singe mark in sight. What a scorcher.

For those unfamiliar with the Korova clientele, Ian McNabb, he the local musician, says…”You get all the haircuts here; the fringes and the black jeans”.

There were indeed a lot of interesting haircuts moving and shaking when we went, fitting in well with the modish décor and the trendy tunes. The chicness was never in question.

We’ll be bringing the taste verdict back to you soon. Until then, here are some snaps of the launch for your viewing pleasure.

Photos by Alex Maguire and Sam O’Hare

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