Eneko Atxa, chef of 3 Michelin star restaurant Azurmendi, ranked 19th in the World’s 50 Best restaurants and voted first by Opinionated about Dining in 2015 has announced plans to open a Basque restaurant in London.
He will open his first restaurant in the UK next year at the One Aldwych Hotel. The hotel is situated in centre of London’s Covent Garden.
Atxa said the aim of the new restaurant was that of presenting a modern take on rustic Basque cuisine focusing on simplicity and quality ingredients.
The Basque chef who is known for his inventive cuisine is considered to be one of the rising stars of Spanish cuisine.
In an interview with Food and Wine Gazette last year, Atxa spoke about the importance he give to sustainability (he won the sustainable restaurant of the year award in 2014). “We are a very young team. I don’t think about the future. I am dreaming about the future. And in my dream, the future will be more sustainable and the environment will be more important than it is today. That is why when we decided to build the new restaurant, we made a huge compromise with the environment. The landscape and environment is part of my discourse.”
Atxa’s philosophy is centred around his team who he considers his family. “Our philosophy is to work together as one family. It is like we are welcoming our guests home. We want to welcome guests as if they are visiting our home. This is an integral part of the experience we want to provide. After that, the landscape and knowledge we have is important but what is crucial is the family sensation.”
Atxa’s restaurant which will be called Eneko at One Aldwych will be the latest in a series of restaurant openings by world class chefs in London.
Read the full interview with Atxa here.