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Paco Roncero presents the refurbished Terraza del Casino

NH Collection Casino de Madrid


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  • The chef reinvents the concept of haute cuisine with an innovative proposal in which his cooking and excellent raw materials are the true protagonists.
  • The exterior and interior area has been refurbished. The person entrusted with redefining the interior was designer Jaime Hayon, acknowledged internationally as one of the current leading figures in the world of design. The exterior terrace is the work of Julio Guixeres.
  • Haute couture also has its place in this new era thanks to Tom Black, who has designed the new staff uniforms.

A new era full of magic, creativity and plenty of cuisine is here, announced Paco Roncero on his social media. And he wasn’t lying. The Chef, holder of two Michelin stars, presents us what has been his home for the last 18 years, lovelier than ever, and shows us his cuisine at his prime. Converted into a stage where imagination can be perceived by the five senses, the restaurant surprises with its new gastronomic experience and the change in setting of the restaurant, the work of designer Jaime Hayon.

How to have the world served to you on a plate

In this new era, details such as the bread service or the presentation of the sweet have evolved and take centre stage in a new way of understanding dining room service. Furthermore, interaction with diners becomes the highlight, making the experience in the restaurant a real gastronomic performance in which everyone from kitchen to front of house staff are involved to offer a show that is savoured with the five senses.

Both traditional and Roncero’s Spanish avant-garde cuisine, as well as the best international cuisine, are present on the menu of La Terraza del Casino. Major influences from all gastronomic cultures that come together to give dishes like American-style prawns (Gamba Americana), Curry Pilpil Kokotxa (Kokotxa al Pilpil de Curry) and John Dory à la Royale with Mole (Gallo a la Royal con Mole). Creations that represent the fusion of great classics of international cuisines, where the excellent raw material gets all the attention to produce a unique experience for the palate.

Gourmet Design

As well as sharing a great friendship and the same passion for creating, chef Paco Roncero and designer Jaime Hayon have something else in common: both have been part of the creation process of the La Terraza del Casino restaurant.

Specifically, Jaime has been responsible for giving the restaurant a new lease of life, turning it into a warm space where creativity and imagination are given free rein. In this era, the area surprises us with gentle lines, the rounded and fun shapes that are so typical of Hayon’s world. All this in blue and green aquamarine tones, against which golden decorative elements stand out. According to Jaime, to me, La Terraza del Casino has always been a platform for experimenting, a temple to cuisine, but also a place where interior design becomes an art where colour flows and the furniture tells stories, details that describe dreams.

Haute cuisine with haute couture

It is not just La Terraza del Casino that has dressed up for the occasion. The image of the waiters has also changed, created by Tom Black. We took inspiration from the beauty of the location, the ecosystem that is created in a meal at Paco Roncero’s Restaurant, and in the closeness of its staff, as well as making some nods to some colours present in Hayon’s decoration, says Juan Terrer Reyero.

About Paco Roncero

He is one of the leading figures in Spanish avant-garde cuisine both in our country and beyond our borders. A technical and creative cutting-edge approach that is reflected not only in a style of cooking, but also in the way of offering and understanding gastronomy as a unique sensory experience.

He trained at the School of Hostelry and Tourism of Madrid and completed practical training stages in Zalacaín and in the Ritz Hotel until he joined the workforce of NH Collection Casino de Madrid in 1991. Five years later he was appointed head chef of the banquets department of that establishment and was promoted in 2000 to head chef of the Casino including management of banquets and the La Terraza del Casino restaurant, by then under the management of NH Hotel Group.

It is this stage of his career that saw his creative personality bloom, representing a genuine revolution for the NH Collection Casino de Madrid and the Spanish culinary panorama. In January 2002 he earned his first Michelin star, becoming the first private Club in Europe to receive a star. He has also been recognized at the most prestigious gastronomy awards, such as the Chef L’Avenir Award in 2005, granted by the International Academy of Gastronomy, and the National Gastronomy Award for 2006 from the Spanish Royal Academy of Gastronomy.

Paco Roncero’s cooking is the result of masterly skill in the most highly-evolved culinary techniques, his vast creativity and innate sensitivity and of his capacity for innovation and investigative spirit, a style that has resulted in important contribution to leading-edge world cuisine.

About La Terraza del Casino

Located in the penthouse of NH Collection Casino de Madrid, in the heart of the Spanish capital, the La Terraza del Casino Restaurant has two Michelin stars and three Suns awarded by the Repsol Guide as recognition of the cuisine, as well as the special care given to other aspects such as the dining area, decorated by Jaime Hayon, or the wine cellar, with more than 900 wine references.

NH Collection, the NH Hotel Group’s premium brand

The NH Collection brand represents a new surprising class of hotel, with an eclectic but always elegant and subtle style. These are premium category hotels, including unique and authentic buildings, both historical and contemporary, in the best locations of the leading cities.

About NH Hotel Group

NH Hotel Group  is a world-leading urban hotel operator and a consolidated multinational player. It operates close to 400 hotels and almost 60,000 rooms in 30 markets across Europe, America and Africa, including top city destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Munich, New York, Rome and Vienna.


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