Hotel Café Royal poaches some of food’s finest for new restaurant project

Hotel Café Royal has announced plans to open a new restaurant, collaborating with internationally-acclaimed French chef Laurent Tourondel.

The as yet unnamed restaurant will launch in May and will mark the first new venture in Europe for Tourondel, who has a portfolio stretching from New York to Hong Kong.

A number of top employees across some of London’s best hotels will also be joining the new venture.

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General manager is Dinos Tagkalos, who previously launched Ollie Dabbous’ Henrietta Hotel restaurant and bar in Covent Garden.

The wine ‘ programme’ will be overseen by head sommelier Sam Heathcote who moves from the Bulgari Hotel and who previously worked at Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Dorchester hotel, while Fabio Spinetti, from The Connaught will be the new bars and beverage manager.

The new menu is said to be full of international influences from places Tourondel has experience such as America, Moscow, Asia and Africa.

The 110-cover restaurant has been designed by the Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni, and will be located on the first floor of the hotel’s building.

An open kitchen, grill and sushi bar will offer a relaxed all-day dining with brasserie-like booth seating.

Hotel Café Royal’s managing director, Guillaume Marly, said: “At Hotel Café Royal, we pride ourselves on bringing world class chefs and cuisine to all our guests. I am delighted to welcome Laurent to our hotel.”

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