After his successful pop up at Hotel Café Royal in 2016, the famed chef Albert Adrià – who built a gastronomic revolution alongside his brother, Ferran, at the legendary elBulli – returns to London to launch a permanent site, ‘Cakes & Bubbles’, this November.
Adrià, who was voted 'The World's Best Pastry Chef' by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, runs an empire of restaurants which range from the perpetually sold-out avant-garde tapas bar Tickets, to Hoja Santa, a modern Mexican table that was awarded a star in the 2016 Michelin guide, and his lauded latest venture, Enigma. Cakes & Bubbles marks Adrià’s first bricks and mortar establishment outside Spain.
Cakes & Bubbles adds to an exciting culinary programme at Hotel Café Royal, which has been developing with increasing fervour over the past few years. In addition to Adrià’s previous project in 2016, the Roca brothers of El Celler de Can Roca brought their famous Girona-influenced cuisine to the iconic hotel that same year. Cakes & Bubbles also joins newly opened Laurent, a 110-cover restaurant helmed by internationally renowned French chef Laurent Tourondel that debuted in June 2018.
Cakes & Bubbles will offer the perfect blend of tradition and modernity – with the whimsy and playfulness that has come to define Adrià’s work – serving a parade of exceptional desserts that defy description. A classic Spanish cheesecake and the renowned ‘Tickets’ cheesecake, a delicately-made and exquisite dessert with notes of hazelnut flavours complete with a non-traditional rind of white chocolate, offers customers a taste from one the most sought-after reservations in the restaurant world. Classics such as 'egg flan with dark caramel and homemade doughnuts' sit alongside decadent fruit cakes including 'pineapple with palm honey and strawberries with fresh orange jus'. Additionally, a selection of specials such as 'air waffles with caramelised banana' and 'chocolate ninyoyaki cake balls' round out the menu alongside traditional pastries. A wide selection of champagnes and sparkling wines by the glass and by the bottle will be available, well priced for accessibility and to allow for exploration of the varied producers on offer.
Adrià comments, “I believe London is the capital of the world and I’m looking forward to this new challenge. It’s a project that excites me as a pastry chef – I’ve never opened anything specifically related to the sweet world. Our approach and menu will be a cross between the classical and the contemporary. I am looking forward to bringing this concept to Hotel Café Royal, London’s only modern grand hotel and the place I feel I belong whilst in the city”.
Opened in 1865, Café Royal was a wine store, restaurant and the space for the city’s most illustrious events. The haunt of famed patrons, from royalty and celebrity to the creative and the notorious, Café Royal was an established and iconic landmark on the British capital’s social scene for a century and a half. In its recent reincarnation as the luxurious Hotel Café Royal, it remains an established favourite for locals, while becoming a global destination.
Located in the heart of London, with elegant Mayfair to the west and creative Soho to the East, the hotel is perfectly positioned within walking distance of London’s finest shopping streets, tourist attractions and theatreland. Within the hotel, grand historic areas have been sensitively restored while 160 guestrooms and suites (including seven signature suites) have been created in a contemporary yet refined style. Continuing its celebrated legacy of excellent hospitality and dining, the hotel offers a selection of restaurants and bars and holistic wellbeing concept, Akasha.
At the most outstanding addresses, in the world’s most vibrant cities, The Set is creating the modern grand hotels of our time. In each one, we beautifully compose experiences that capture the hearts and minds of our guests, and the spirit and pace of their contemporary lifestyles. Currently consisting of the Hotel Café Royal in London, the Conservatorium in Amsterdam and Lutetia in Paris they are inspired by the artistic and imaginative heritage of their buildings and their iconic cultural and vibrant locations.