Albert Adrià to open fizz and cake café in London

Albert Adrià, the younger brother of famed El Bulli founder Ferran Adrià, is to open a cake shop and sparkling wine bar inside the Hotel Café Royal in Piccadilly this November.

Sweet-toothed Albert Adrià is to open a cake shop and sparkling wine bar at the hotel Café Royal in London

Following on from a 50-day pop-up restaurant at the Regent Street hotel in 2016, Cake & Bubbles will be Adrià’s first permanent site outside Spain.

A trained pastry chef, Adrià is best known for his quirky tapas bar Tickets in Barcelona, which is notoriously hard to get a reservation at.

He also runs an ambitious restaurant concept called Enigma where diners walk through an interactive space rather than sit down to eat their meal, alongside vermouth bar Bodega 1900 and Mexican restaurant Hoja Santa in Barcelona.

Some of the signature puds from Tickets will be on sale at Cake & Bubbles, including Adrià’s cheesecake disguised as a wheel of cheese

Adrià will travel to London regularly to oversee the project and two key members of his permanent team are moving to London to oversee it, including pastry chef David Gil, who was named ‘Best Chocolatier’ in Spain.

Adrià will bring some of his signature desserts from Tickets to London, including his renowned cheesecake, presented to look like a classic wheel of cheese, which is in fact filled with hazelnut and has a white chocolate rind.

According to Eater London, among the other puds on offer will be an egg flan with dark caramel; doughnuts; pineapple and palm honey cake; and specials like “waffles as light as air” served with caramelised banana; and chocolate ninyoyaki cake balls.

On the fizz front, expect the likes of grand marque and grower Champagnes, Cava, Prosecco and English sparkling wine.

“With our position in this 5 star hotel we have the buying power behind us to ensure that the list is well priced for accessibility and to allow for exploration of the varied producers on offer,” Adrià told Eater.

“London is the capital of the world and I’m looking forward to this new challenge. When I decided that I wanted to open a restaurant outside Spain, it was an easy decision to return to the city.

“Pastry and sweets are my first love and I have long wanted to create a concept like Cakes & Bubbles.

“I am confident that our guests will find surprise and delight in this offering and our exciting interpretations of sweet dishes,” he added.

Leave your reply

Most Recent Stories

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

In restaurant news this week: the UK government plans to discuss further restrictions with hospitality leaders, a new meal kit platform prepares to launch, and chef Jack Stein renews his partnership with St Austell.  

Biden their time: Belgian bar lifts boycott on American whiskey

A Belgian bar that made headlines worldwide after boycotting American whiskey and Coca-Cola has announced that it will lift the ban now Donald Trump is no longer president.

9,930 licensed premises lost in UK last year

The coronavirus pandemic led to the permanent closure of 9,930 licensed premises last year, according to a recent report from CGA and AlixPartners.

HK cocktail bars offer lunch amid fourth pandemic wave

With bars across Hong Kong closed due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in the territory, some cocktail bars have started serving food instead.

Hospitality for Heroes launches cookbook

Hospitality for Heroes, a not-for-profit initiative that has provided over 100,000 meals for the NHS since the start of the pandemic, has launched a cookbook. 

Most Recent Stories

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

In restaurant news this week: the UK government plans to discuss further restrictions with hospitality leaders, a new meal kit platform prepares to launch, and chef Jack Stein renews his partnership with St Austell.  

Biden their time: Belgian bar lifts boycott on American whiskey

A Belgian bar that made headlines worldwide after boycotting American whiskey and Coca-Cola has announced that it will lift the ban now Donald Trump is no longer president.

9,930 licensed premises lost in UK last year

The coronavirus pandemic led to the permanent closure of 9,930 licensed premises last year, according to a recent report from CGA and AlixPartners.

HK cocktail bars offer lunch amid fourth pandemic wave

With bars across Hong Kong closed due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in the territory, some cocktail bars have started serving food instead.

Hospitality for Heroes launches cookbook

Hospitality for Heroes, a not-for-profit initiative that has provided over 100,000 meals for the NHS since the start of the pandemic, has launched a cookbook.