Acclaimed chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’s debut London restaurant, Decimo, opens tomorrow — 10 October 2019 — at The Standard London in King’s Cross.
On a menu inspired by Spanish and Mexican cuisine, a quesadilla made with manchego is the first hint of the sideways glances at Mexican cuisine. Shellfish on ice and aguachiles, including London’s favourite scarlet prawn, the carabinero, lead into a concise taco selection and what is set to be the most photographed dish of the lot: a runny-centred Spanish tortilla, at £40 for 25g of caviar on top — 50g of caviar, and diners are looking at a £75 snack. That said: potatoes, onions, yolk, caviar — sounds good for a blowout.
The centre of the restaurant will be the grill, blistering quails to go with a mole glaze; rib of beef; XL langoustines; lamb chops; lobster. A broad definition of salad includes an homage to Caesar Cardini, whose eponymous salad started life in Tijuana and here will be prepared tableside; lettuce and herbs; marinated tomatoes; and a mushroom paella. Hot salad. Don’t knock it. A drinks menu of Spanish and Latin American wines will be joined a range of rare mezcals and agave-based spirits, with Niki Nakazawa, a former Noma Mexico collaborator, in support.
Diners can head straight to the 10th floor from the red elevator on the outside of the building, with interiors by Shawn Hausman, who has designed extensively for the hotel group. Sanchez-Iglesias, whose title is executive chef, said:
Decimo is all about bringing Spanish and Mexican food together. The combination of my Spanish roots combined with my research and fascination with Mexico, where I was massively inspired by the completely new, yet familiar flavours. This sparked the concept of bringing Mexican influence and technique into our favourite cuisine - Spanish, and showcasing fantastic British produce to execute the menu alongside some of the most renowned artisan drinks producers in Spain and Mexico.
Standard International chief executive Amar Lalvani is equally excited:
“Peter is one of the most talented young chefs in the UK, or perhaps anywhere. Not to mention just a totally unassuming, lovely person,” said Standard International CEO, Amar Lalvani. “We immediately saw eye to eye on how we could create something genuine, flavorful, welcoming, social and just fun. The idea of teaming up and giving him this platform to cook food he loves feels just right.”
Take a look around this stunner of a rooftop restaurant.