Rice and Shine at Arros QD

Get yourself down to Fitzrovia to try out Arros QD, three Michelin starred Spanish chef, Quique Dacosta’s first international restaurant.

Over the past thirty years the celebrated chef has built a name for himself for being a pioneer of avant-garde cuisine. His flagship in Denia, the eponymous Quique Dacosta Restaurante, has held three Michelin stars since 2013, is ranked in the World’s 100 Best Restaurants List and has twice been awarded Best European Restaurant by Opinionated About Dining, so it goes without saying that we are very excited about his new Eastcastle Street site.

The London restaurant focuses on rice, which, while it may not have much presence in high-end gastronomy, has always been integral to Quique’s cooking. One of the most recognised experts in the field, he has even written a book about rice, Arroces Contemporaneos. Dishes include paella Valenciana, a traditional take on the dish that includes rabbit chop, chicken and butter beans, all cooked over a wood fire. An open kitchen treats diners to views of the eight-metre flame grill upon which their rice is cooked.

Speaking of the new opening, Quique says: “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.”

64 Eastcastle Street, W1W (020 3883 3525; arrosqd.com)