One Aldwych Hotel and Azurmendi Bilbao launch new Basque inspired restaurant

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Editor 30th November 2015
Set to open in 2016, The Eneko At One Aldwych restaurant will be headed up by Azurmendi's, Michelin star chef, Eneko Atxa. 000362 low resThe restaurant will feature a traditional take on Basque country cuisine taking inspiration from the Azurmendi restaurant with a strong emphasis on delivering good food and drink in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Commenting on the new venture, Eneko said: "We aim to create an unpretentious modern take on rustic Basque cuisine, based on quality ingredients, simplicity and culinary heritage. One Aldwych Hotel is the perfect partner for this joint creation." The initial concept for the Basque themed restaurant and joint partnership came about through Eneko and One Aldwych's General Manager, Kostas Sfaltos. Eneko will use his skills to create a whole host of inventive and innovative dishes inspired by his Basque roots and its rich culinary heritage. Originally from the Basque Country situated in Northern Spain, Eneko made history when his restaurant, Azurmendi, located in the beautiful town of Larrabetzu, was the first to be awarded three Michelin stars between 2007 and 2012. Eneko's passion for food stems from his humble upbringing and love of home cooked food which has brought him wide spread recognition as one one of the world's leading chefs in international cuisine. Eneko has been cooking from the tender age of 15 and has traveled the globe to bring new ideas and cutting edge techniques to the culinary world. Basque cuisine takes inspiration from the Spanish culture and its residents, dishes often include tomatoes and sweet or hot red peppers. Kostas Sfaltos, One Aldwych's General Manager, commented: “Eneko has incredible vision and passion for Basque cuisine and shares the same standards of quality, quest for innovation and respect for traditions as we do”. The Azurmendi restaurant is currently ranked number 19 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and Eneko's Bistró Prêt À Porter has also gained a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Eneko At One Aldwych is due to open in summer 2016, further details to be announced in due course.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 30th November 2015

One Aldwych Hotel and Azurmendi Bilbao launch new Basque inspired restaurant