Three-Michelin-starred Spanish chef Quique Dacosta will launch his paella-focused restaurant Arros QD in Fitzrovia next month.
The restaurant, which is named for the Valencian spelling of rice, will open its doors on 7 June – marking Dacosta’s first permanent site outside his home country.
Dacosta earned three Michelin stars with his self-titled restaurant in Valencia in 2012. Other sites under the chef’s portfolio include the one-Michelin-starred El Poblet, and the more casual Mercatbart, Vuelva Carolina and Llisa Negra; all in Valencia.
His latest outpost will focus on paellas and other rice dishes while utilising wood-fire cooking techniques. Menu items include paella Valenciana – the region’s traditional dish with rabbit chop, chicken and butter beans – as well as smoked Welsh duck breast, morel, black trompettes and porcini aïoli chapas, named for the trays in which they are cooked.
The 140-cover, 9,000 sq ft site has been designed by Barcelonian studio, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, and features an open kitchen and four distinct dining areas spread across two floors.
Dacosta said: “Bringing our tradition and gastronomy to one of the main capitals in the world, both generally and gastronomically, is an exercise of commitment and responsibility which fills me with excitement.”
For more on Quique Dacosta’s move into London’s restaurant scene, check out the 24 May edition of The Caterer.