Quique Dacosta’s first international restaurant opens in London

Spanish chef Quique Dacosta has opened his first restaurant outside of Spain, Arros QD in Fitzrovia, London.

Arros QD has been designed by Barcelonian studio, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, showcasing an open kitchen that awards diners with views of the eight-metre flame grill upon which their rice is cooked. A “sophisticated yet relaxed setting”, the restaurant is set across two floors totalling 9000 sq ft and holding 140 covers, with four distinct areas including a lounge with bar seating, a chef’s paella counter and a chef’s table.

Alongside his signature “Paella Valenciana”, the menu features innovative starters and a selection of meat, vegetable and fish mains that range from larger pieces cooked over fire or charcoal, to dishes using more vanguard techniques and elaborations. All dishes celebrate British produce whilst showcasing the creative mark of the chef.

Dacosta said: “I am excited to bring part of our tradition and gastronomy to one of the most important capitals of the world. Paella is one of the best known dishes around yet also one of the most mistreated, with this project, I am materialising a passion I have been nurturing for decades: to reinstate the rice culture from the eastern coast of Spain to its rightful home.”

His flagship in Denia, the eponymous Quique Dacosta Restaurant, has held three Michelin stars since 2013, holds a position on the World’s 100 Best Restaurants List and has been twice awarded Best European Restaurant by Opinionated About Dining.

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