Julian Denis’s food journey has been eventful: from discovering vegan cooking through the LA punk rock scene to learning the traditions and techniques of Chinese cooking on the Lower East Side of New York. He launched on the London food scene in 2017 with Mao Chow. Starting as a pop-up, his Sichuanese concept found a permanent home in a tiny former coffee shop in Hackney in 2019 and since then has attracted a cult following to its simple dishes, loud flavours and bold delivery. Now, Julian’s taken the next step. Just round the corner from Mao Chow, Facing Heaven is named after a potent Sichuanese chilli. This 28-seater offers an inventive take on regional Chinese food, inspired by Julian’s American upbringing. You’ll also find natural wines, craft beer and baijiu cocktails. Retaining the Mao Chow ethos, everything will be vegan, celebrating bold, spicy and fragrant flavours.
Bayford Street, Hackney, E8 3SE