Following an extensive restoration, the re-opening of Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid establishes the iconic five-star hotel as one of Spain’s most innovative dining destinations. With renowned chef Quique Dacosta at the helm, the hotel’s five restaurants and bars, each with their own character and decor, include Deessa, the signature fine dining restaurant located in the magnificent Alfonso XIII room, Palm Court, serving relaxed all-day dining and traditional Afternoon Tea, cocktails in the Ritz bar Pictura, champagne and tapas in the Champagne Bar, and al fresco drinks and dining in El Jardín del Ritz.
Chef Dacosta brings his unique culinary talent to Madrid at Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid’s signature restaurant. Located in the stunning surroundings of the Alfonso XIII room and overlooking the Ritz Garden, it is the perfect setting for Dacosta’s delicious cuisine. Dacosta, previously awarded a total of five Michelin stars for two of his restaurants, oversees all of the hotel’s culinary operations, and is widely regarded as one of the leaders in contemporary Spanish cuisine.
With a variety of seating options, the signature restaurant serves two degustation menus; “Quique Dacosta Classics,” with a selection of the most acclaimed dishes by the Chef and “QDRitz Contemporary,” with a series of dishes exclusively created for this space. Overlooking the garden and terrace, the restaurant offers al fresco dining during the summer months. A daily substantial buffet breakfast is also served in the elegant space, and for private dinners and celebrations, a 10-person private dining room is available. Known as Countess Masslov, the room is named after the famous spy Mata Hari who used this nickname when staying at the hotel in 1916.
The restaurant’s Hidden Table offers guests the opportunity to meet the chef and discover his latest creations. A sommelier is always on hand to suggest wine pairings from the Hidden Table’s wines-by-the-glass program, which features a selection of 250 European wines (primarily Spanish).
With a stylish, sophisticated design, the contemporary Pictura occupies the elegant space previously known as the Goya Restaurant. With a bar counter backed by visually arresting, museum-inspired portraits by artist Paula Anta of contemporary Spanish artisans in historic dress, it has quickly become one of the city’s most vibrant nightspots. Its unique selection of spirits and classic cocktails make it the place to unwind in style.
El Jardín del Ritz
Open during the balmy summer months, El Jardín del Ritz is the most exclusive alfresco venue in Madrid. Serving creative cocktails alongside a signature amuse-bouche tapas menu designed by Quique Dacosta, the bar and restaurant provide a relaxed, urbane setting.
Underneath a stunning crystal canopy ceiling, Palm Court offers an elegant setting for refined all-day dining. As a meeting point for guests and visitors to the hotel, Palm Court serves continental breakfast, light lunch plates, and classic seasonal dishes created with local produce, all with a signature Quique Dacosta touch. As an homage to César Ritz and his custom of enjoying afternoon tea in Madrid, Palm Court provides the backdrop for the hotel’s famed traditional afternoon tea.
Offering the ultimate experience for champagne lovers, this exclusive venue takes center stage within a glittering corner of the Palm Court. With only eight seats, the elegant space invites guests to pair a flute of champagne (from an array of houses) with delicacies such as caviar, oysters, white truffles, and Iberian ham.
All photos courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid