Quique Dacosta opens his first international restaurant, Arros QD in Fitzrovia
Arros QD, Quique Dacosta’s first international restaurant, opened its doors in Fitzrovia this summer. A collaborative project which showcases the three Michelin starred Valencian chef’s unique style of cooking, Arros QD highlights Quique’s passion for rice alongside premium, local and seasonal ingredients. Speaking on the opening, Quique has said, “I am excited to bring part of our tradition and gastronomy to one of the most important capitals of the world. Paella is one of the best-known dishes around yet also one of the most mistreated – with this project, I am materialising a passion I have been nurturing for decades: to reinstate the rice culture from the eastern coast of Spain to its rightful home”.
An entire section of Arros QD’s menu is devoted to rice and includes dishes such as Paella Valenciana, a traditional take on the dish that includes Rabbit chop, chicken and butter beans, all cooked over a wood fire and using a variety of timbers to complement each dish. More contemporary rice dishes include “chapas” such as Wood pigeon breast, wild mushrooms, rosemary, porcini aioli. All the rice dishes are designed to share, evoking a sense of familial ritual, comfort and tradition that Quique credits to rice dishes from around the world.