50 DAYS BY ALBERT ADRIÀ Albert Adrià comes to London for the first time ever with a residency at Café Royal
Starting in February 2016, Café Royal, a hotel of The Set, will present one of the most creative cuisines of Spain, the country of the new “Nouvelle Cuisine”. In his first project outside of his home country, Albert Adriàpresents “50 Days by Albert Adrià”, bringing the innovative and contemporary cuisine, for which Spain is famous, to the beautiful surroundings of Café Royal as the iconic property celebrates 150 years.
Previously the haunt of famed patrons, from royalty and celebrity, to the creative and the notorious, Café Royal has been a landmark on the British capital’s social scene, for a century and a half. In its recent reincarnation as a luxury hotel, Café Royal remains an established favourite for locals, while becoming a global destination. “50 Days by Albert Adria” reinforces this vision; to craft exceptional experiences for all its guests. The ambition for Café Royal and the collection, The Set, is to create destinations where art, design and ideas are intrinsic to the experience of all who socialise, dine and stay at any of the hotels. As London is currently at the forefront, not only of gastronomy but also culture, art, design and luxury, the intention of Café Royal is to embody this and bring Albert Adrià’s vision to this already dynamic city.
Albert, who is considered by his brother, Ferran, to be “one of the best chefs in the world”, and his team have crafted a unique and entirely new dining experience for London. The journey will begin in the opulent Oscar Wilde Bar with a selection of cocktails and signature snacks and will end in the stunning surroundings of The Domino Restaurant. Furthermore, an exclusive list of cocktails has been designed that will be available until the end of the 50 Days Residence in the Oscar Wilde Bar.
For 23 years, Albert Adrià worked together with his brother Ferran, at elBulli, but when the restaurant closed in 2011, he started his own journey with the opening of Tickets, a combination of Catalan and Spanish cuisine with flavours from all around the world, where tradition and modernity hold hands. In this year’s edition of the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the restaurant Tickets features on the list and Albert himself was named “Best Pastry Chef in the World”, as a tribute to his career.
Renowned for his creativity and innovative cuisine in Barcelona, Albert has created an authentic gastronomic amusement park, elBarri, through his five restaurants. Restaurant Hoja Santa received its first Michelin star in November 2015 and now Albert holds three among all his restaurants: Tickets (1*), Pakta (1*), La Bodega 1900, Hoja Santa (1*) and Niño Viejo. His latest project, Heart Ibiza opened in summer 2015, in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, has been the big gastronomic boom of the summer. At the end of October 2015, Adrià also received the National Gastronomy Prize for the best restaurant entrepreneur in Spain, which is given by the International Academy of Gastronomy.
The experience will run from Friday 12th February until Saturday 9th April 2016 (closed on Sundays). Reservations open on 30th November and we look forward to booking your table via the following options:
1) Telephone 0207 406 3344 lines will be open from 9am to 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday
2) Email [email protected]
3) Website www.50daysbyalbertadria.com
Private bespoke events are available for parties to book and experience the concept as above.
The Oscar Wilde Bar and The Domino
The jewels of Café Royal, both the Oscar Wilde Bar and The Domino restaurant are two of London’s most precious historical rooms. These were the spaces where great minds came together to change the world, the preferred haunt of the bold and the beautiful. True icons such as Winston Churchill, Mick Jagger and David Bowie have dined with in the gilded splendour and danced under the canopy of elegant cartouches. Each has been meticulously restored to feature original Louis XVI detail. Formerly the Grill Room and originally established in 1865, the Oscar Wilde Bar has been renamed in tribute to its most famed patron. Oscar Wilde, dined here daily, hallucinated on absinthe and met Bosie, his fateful lover who defined his demise.