High end gastronomy meets the world of paella. Arros QD, by three Michelin-starred Valencian chef Quique Dacosta is his first restaurant outside of his native Spain where he has built himself an international reputation as being a pioneer of the rice culture from the eastern coast of Spain.
His flagship in Denia, the eponymous Quique Dacosta Restaurant, has held three Michelin stars since 2013, holds a position on the World's 100 Best Restaurants List and has been twice awarded Best European Restaurant by Opinionated About Dining, to name a handful of its accolades. Quique's portfolio also includes El Poblet, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in Valencia city, MercatBar, Vuelve Carolina, and most recently Llisa Negra. And since Arros QD launched in London in June 2019, it was then awarded the prestigious Cullera De Fusta by September 2019.
Translated as the "Wooden Spoon" award, Cullera de Fusta is given to restaurants in recognition of the highest level of commitment to gastronomic Valencian culture - or, in other words, the best paella restaurants in the world. So in 2019, Arros QD became one of 33 restaurants to hold the spoon and is one of only two restaurants to win the award outside of Spain.
Culinary aplomb is met with design by the highly-lauded Barcelonian Studio, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, showcasing an open kitchen that awards diners with views of the eight-metre flame grill upon which the rice is cooked. It is a sophisticated yet relaxed setting, set across two floors, with four distinct areas including a lounge with bar seating, a more immersive chef's paella counter and a chef's table.