Catalonian chef Albert Adrià, who began his career as a pastry chef in his older brother Ferran’s restaurant El Bulli, is taking his culinary skills to London for a highly anticipated 50-day pop-up at the Café Royal Hotel. Adrià, who runs five highly regarded restaurants in Barcelona (including the film-themed eatery, Tickets), will dip his toes into the experimental world of modern gastronomy, rewarding dinner guests with something new every night from February 12 through April 9.
“After 30 years of being in the kitchen, I wanted to try something different,” he told The New York Times. “My brother and I are known for our very technical cooking, but I’ll be serving my own modern neo-classical food with inspiration from all over the world. But what’s most important in my cooking is the produce.”
This is Adrià’s first project outside of Spain. Although exact details of the pop-up have not been released yet, Adrià promises an expansive selection of fresh produce and ingredients from local London markets. The menu will change every day. Adrià described a rough idea of the menu for the first dinner service to The New York Times: “I think maybe ceviche with kumquats and Peruvian yellow chili peppers, mushroom ‘spaghetti,’ Norwegian crab with Singaporean style ginger-and-garlic spiked spicy crab sauce, and a sort of suquet…”
Guests will begin their meal at the hotel’s Oscar Wilde Bar for absinthe-based cocktails and snacks, before moving on to The Domino restaurant upstairs for the actual dinner.
After the 50 days are over, Adrià has no plans to extend the pop-up, and instead will focus on the “adult theme park” pitched by him and his brother to open in Ibiza in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.