Café Royal, member of The Set hotels, is set to occupy London’s gastronomic scene for the next ten weeks with renowned chef Albert Adrià’s 50 days residency, marking the five star luxury hotel’s 150th anniversary. For a limited-time only, the Domino Restaurant and prestigious Oscar Wilde Bar will welcome culinary royalty to London’s Regent Street.
The Adrià name stirs up images of exquisite, experimental and Instagram-worthy food. Adrià’s ventures glisten with Michelin stars, from Barcelona’s modern tapas restaurant Tickets with one star to Catalonia-based elBulli with three. Most will know of his older brother, Ferran Adrià, the mastermind behind the aforementioned molecular gastronomy-inspired restaurant elBulli in Spain, where Albert worked for twenty-three years until its closure in 2011. But Albert is shaping up to be just as prominent, having been awarded the title of Best Pastry Chef in the world in 2015. Indeed, this residency signals his first project outside of Spain. Having prepared dishes such as Vanishing Ravioli in the past, diners can expect Heston Blumenthal with a Spanish twist!
Adrià’s creative cocktails, complemented by signature appetizers, will whisk guests off their feet in the appropriately named Oscar Wilde Bar, formerly known as the Grill Room. The experience will continue in the elegant setting of the Domino restaurant, where dining has never been so luxurious. Dress to impress – playfully glamorous – and be dazzled by Café Royal’s lavish décor. The hotel has charmed both royalty, in the form of monarchs and distinguished writers, and rockstars with its restoration of Louis XVI golden panels and delicate cartouches.
If you miss out on the dining experience, “Cocktails by Albert Adrià” welcomes guests to indulge in the chef’s distinct signature cocktails every night from 7pm to 1am, offering a sneak peak of the flavours on the menu in the Domino Restaurant. What better way to celebrate the end of Dry January?
Time Magazine named Albert Adrià one of the most influential chefs in the world and now he’s taking London by storm. Expectations are high for this stint at Café Royal – taking place between 12th February and 9th April 2016 – and with the experience open every day except Sunday, there’s no time to waste.
Words by Hannah Brandler