Arros QD

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Entering Arros QD feels like walking into the lobby of a luxury hotel; you’re greeted by a team of immaculately turned out staff, while grand surrounds include patent black walls, burnt orange furnishings and a specially designed chandelier which is made to look like a fistful of rice that’s been thrown into the air.

Once fully inside, you’ll notice an open kitchen complete with a chef’s counter and plenty of other extravagant flourishes, including gold cutlery. Such opulence should come as no surprise given who’s behind the operation – this is the debut London restaurant from three Michelin-starred Valencian chef Quique Dacosta, who is a seriously big name in his home country.

Interestingly, Dacosta’s focus here is paella (arros translates from Spanish as ‘rice’). This could be a hard sell, considering that rice is not typically seen as a high-end ingredient and because paella here can set you back as much as £90. Robust pricing aside though, this paella is worth shouting about.

It’s cooked using wood-burning stoves, with the aroma produced by the wood acting as an invisible ingredient of sorts, which really locks in the flavour. Paella here can be ordered in small or large portions (in defence of those high prices, the larger option can easily be shared between two or three), with both classic and contemporary versions of the famed Spanish dish available. We stuck to the newer iterations, sampling sticky black squid ink rice that tasted of all the delights of the ocean and was mingled with calamari and artichokes, before being rubbed with an oyster aioli.

Aside from the main event, Arros QD’s selection of small plates also impressed, with top shouts being the small but mighty pulled pork slider slicked with kimchi sauce, and a pile of glossy black cheese ‘stones’ that erupt with a thick filling of parmesan, manchego cream and cocoa butter (our waitress cheerily informed us that at Dacosta’s restaurant on the Costa Blanca, the dish is mixed in with real stones.)

A warm atmosphere and a well-chosen European wine list add further to Arros QD’s appeal, which was bustling on our mid-week visit (it will surely benefit from its plum Fitzrovia location). Quique Dacosta may have been a relative unknown on these shores up until now, but with a debut like this, we’re certain that’s about to change.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Spanish
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining
People
Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Arros QD

Arros QD, premium paella restaurant, is the London debut of three Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta. The new two-floor project is backed by London-based Spanish group Ibérica, which has seven restaurants around the UK.

Arros QD is based in the Plaza Building on London’s Oxford Street. The interior emphasises luxury, with burnt orange furnishings, gold cutlery, and a chandelier designed to look like a handful of rice thrown in the air. It also features an open kitchen with a chef’s counter, a key part of Dacosta’s aim to bring the ‘warmth and theatricality of Spanish and Mediterranean gastronomy to Fitzrovia’.

As the name suggests (‘arros’ is Valencian for rice), the menu focuses on paella, a more unconventional choice seeing as rice is not typically recognised as a high-end ingredient. All dishes are cooked over an open wood fire to lock in flavour. The menu boasts both traditional and experimental paella dishes, from Valencian rice and Mediterranean seafood rice to Txangurro rice with crab meat and kimchi foam, and Blank ink rice with basque cod, sugar snaps and pil-pil emulsion. All paellas are cooked with a unique stock created by Quique Dacosta. It’s important to note that all paellas are served in multiples of two and are priced per head.

Asides from paella, the menu also offers a generous selection of small plates. Appetisers include unconventional cheese stones and truffle bombs, whereas dishes to share offer a more traditional selection such as sea bass, beef tartare, and wild forest mushroom ragout. The ‘From the fire’ menu offers a wide range of seafood as well as duck with cassava and Iberian presa.

Paellas and small plates are accompanied by a carefully selected European wine list, alongside sake options.

Notably, Arros QD is the only UK restaurant to have been awarded the ‘Cullera de Fusta’ (Wooden Spoon), an award which recognises commitment to Valencian gastronomy.

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Does Arros QD have vegan options?

No, there are no vegan options on the Arros QD menu.

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No, there are no gluten-free options on the Arros QD menu.

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Location

64 Eastcastle Street , Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8NQ

020 3883 3525

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:30-15:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-21:00
Wed 17:00-21:00
Thu 17:00-21:00
Fri 17:00-21:00
Sat 17:00-21:00
Sun Closed

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8 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

James W

27 July 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 3

Decent food but a lot was missing from the menu which was frustrating. Even cocktails unavailable too. Great Paella but everything was very expensive. 

Anon

30 July 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 0
Atmosphere 2
Value 1
Pricing is absurd

Let. Me start by saying the food and drink were wi5out fault , but the prices charged for small portions are just bonkers!

being charged £25 per head for the basic paella does not make sense. How much are they paying for rice and a few other basic ingredients, eye watering. We were told that we should order the tapas and then go onto the rice if we wanted. We were even showed a menu that indicated a smaller paella for one but were then told that it was not available. My question has to be why is it on the cover of the menu? The portions being tapas were small but the prices were again huge.

staff seemed indifferent other than the Italian manager who was so apologetic he gave us the crab dish on the house.

so you can expect good food , high prices above what should have reasonably been charged and to go home needing a meal.

very disappointed

Anon

02 May 2021  
anniversary spoilt
 
What is the point in booking and reserving a table, to have my partner turned away from your restaurant? Last sunday I booked my anniversary meal at your restaurant for today for 4 people. I confirmed on Friday, but when I arrived at your restaurant after church today, I found out that my partner had been turned away by your staff! and was on their way home. 
 
I have no words for my level of anger at your staff lack of professionalism, and lack of basic manners. This was the first time my partner had been out after shielding for many months, and instead of being seated, they were messed about and turned away. I could not believe it. I am also disappointed as I am a member of a local church, we are looking for a suitable restaurant which we can support, and your venue had been a favorite of mine for many decades. 
 
 

Mike

21 January 2020  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
What an excellent evening

A little bit on the pricey side but worth every penny. The staff is very attentive and polite. Paella was as close to the traditional one as you can get in London. The place gets busy, I would strongly suggest booking in advance.

The bar upstairs is fabulous.  I would definitely visit again.

Ab G

15 December 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Charmed

What an excellent setting with charming service. Paellas were cooked to perfection on a blend of different woods and an open fire blazing away all within eyesight. The Tomahawk steak blew our socks off. This is now my favourite place to enjoy good company.

Nicole N

17 November 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
NIcky N

My guests and I enjoyed our Arros experience immensely! Every starter dish was just delicious and special. We ordered the traditional paella with Iberican pork which was beyond the best Paella I have ever had ! Great service and a warm atmosphere. Definitely to be repeated ! 

Lovit

02 November 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Top paella execution in UK and fantastic to see it over raw fire

Really great food and service. Tried several of the paella dishes and everyone of them was extremely well executed and tasted great

JP

13 October 2019  
Food & Drink 3
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
Greatest disappointment!!

Worst dinner experience recently.

We are a Spanish family that has been living in London for last 15yrs, and after going a number of times to Quique Dacosta restaurant in Denia (which is great) we were very excited about this new opening in London and we booked 2 months in advance to go for dinner yesterday.

Restaurant atmosphere is good and the cocktails we had at the bar were also nice.

We sat down at the table and the first surprise came... they did not have anymore any of the Soccarats (which is the speciality of the restaurant that waitress highly recommended while we had a cocktail) and they did not have lobster, so another 4/5 options with lobster gone... all this on a Saturday evening dinner!!!

Anyway we sat down and order our food, few starters and a couple of the traditional rices (theoretically takes 25min to prepare) and a couple of the contemporary rices (takes 10min).

After having starters we were informed that kitchen had some miscommunication (???) and rices were going to take a bit more time. The manager came 3 times to our table saying he was checking with the kitchen but never came back after to inform on timing to get the main courses. All in all we waited for 2hrs for the the first traditional rice to come and once we finished it, we were told that the second one would take another 15min!!! (not much sense if it takes 25min from when you order....).

We decided not to wait for the second rice and go for desserts after big disappointment about service, manager and how a restaurant of intended high quality managed the situation.

Conclusion: highly likely not to go again to restaurant, not recommended and Quique and his team should put a lot of effort in amending things if they want this restaurant to go well.

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