The Rivea London by Alain Ducasse opens at the Bulgari Hotel
Run by his protégé Damien Leroux
The new venture is called Rivea London, and is inspired by acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse's knowledge of the food markets in Italy and Provence. It replaces Il Ristorante, which closed in March. Ducasse already runs one restaurant under the Rivea brand, in St Tropez in France.
The London outpost will serve French and Italian cuisine in a "chic, convivial and relaxed" setting with a menu of small plates, incorporating the "classic flavours and vivid colours of the Riviera."
Leroux spent more than 10 years under the tutelage of Ducasse in Provence and Monaco.
The design of the restaurant has been conceived by Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners – who have created a light, airy and glamorous room with sea-blue and white pearlescent themes that directly reference the Riviera, the Italian coast line that from Liguria region runs up to the southern coast of France.