Rocca Restaurant at Raffles Istanbul is hosting a month-long pop-up restaurant experience titled “The Magical World of Paco Roncero.” Beginning on September 27, guests can experience a culinary journey curated by two-star Michelin Chef Paco Roncero. In collaboration with Chef Roncero, Rocca Restaurant will provide a new perspective via three distinct concepts and menus in three different locations:
- Tapas and delicacies at the Paco’s Bar & Lounge
- A six-course tasting menu in the Main Dining Room
- A 360-degree dining experience with live projections in the Private Dining Room
Here’s a detailed look at the dining concepts:
Paco’s Bar & Lounge
Chef Roncero’s four-course a la carte tapas menu can be experienced in the lounge area, which has been reinvented as Paco’s Bar & Lounge for the pop-up. Each presentation reflects creativity with a menu that ranges from slices of foie gras served with gingerbread cakes to sea bass ceviche, goat cheese donuts, tuna and nori moss tartar and guacamole. The lounge area can also serve as a cocktail space, accommodating up to 100 people.
Main Dining Room
The Main Dining Room, the heart of the pop-up restaurant, offers a six-course degustation menu with optional wine pairings. The degustation menu in the Main Dining Room is specially prepared for those who want to explore the Michelin-starred chef’s imaginative menu. Guests can choose from options such as “The Millennial Olive Tree,” which looks like a small olive tree, or salmon and miso cream cones, goose liver donuts, re-interpreted Margarita pizza, vegetable garden, seafood and creamy ceviche, sea bass pil pil or veal ribs with mole sauce. The area allows 50 guests per seating every night during the pop-up.
Private Dining Area
Rocca’s Private Dining Room will offer guests a 360-degree experience where a futuristic menu and digital show are designed for each dish. The 10-course interactive degustation menu will include the “Millennial Olive Tree,” red bean sandwich, salmon and miso cream cones and lamb cheek taco, which will all feature Chef Roncero’s visual presentations. Additionally, guests can enjoy dishes such as grilled Solinya, coconut and dried pepper shrimps, crab sea bass and veal ribs with mole sauce. Additionally, there will be four Champagne pairings by Raffles Istanbul’s official partner Dom Pérignon, including the Vintage 2002 Plentitude 2, Vintage 2005, Rose 2006 and Vintage 2008. Chef Roncero will also make food accompaniments paired for these drinks. Only 14 guests will be welcomed each evening to the Private Dining Area via a separate entrance and private space.