Champagne cocktails and chlorophyll shooters at Cafe Royal's latest Domino Room pop-up

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The Richer: Cafe Royal unveiled a champagne-laced cocktail to celebrate Aurelio Morales’ Domino Effect pop-up menu on Wednesday night (PC: Instagram/Ms_ToniJones)


The best meals start with a stand out cocktail.

But how does one precede a seven course tasting menu from one of the most hyped new chefs on the planet?

With a bespoke, luxury, champagne cocktail using the hottest new fizz on the market, that’s how.

Hotel Cafe Royal mixologist Tiziano Tasso unveiled The Richer on Wednesday night, created using Veuve Clicquot’s new ‘Rich’ bubbles, to accompany an avant-garde menu by hit Spanish chef Aurelio Morales, the latest kitchen superstar to appear in the hotel’s Domino Effect fine-dining pop-ups.

The summer series will feature a selection of guest chefs from around the world working alongside the hotel’s Exec Chef Andrew Turner to celebrate its 150th birthday, and offering London’s foodies the chance to eat and drink up a storm with inventive menus and first class wine and cocktail pairings.


Gold: The glittering Oscar Wilde bar is the perfect place to try Veuve Clicquot’s latest style of fizz (PC: Instagram/Ms_ToniJones)


Sweeter and fruitier than classic Veuve Clicquot, ‘Rich’ has been designed with mixologists in mind and is a great pairing with food thanks to its notes of fresh fruit compote, citrus fruits and marzipan.

The Richer cocktail – served with an orange twirl in delicate coupes – features champagne mixed with Belvedere vodka and orange blossom cordial, and was the perfect way to get the party started in the outrageously fabulous Oscar Wilde Bar last night.

Over the decades the bar has been home to many a starry guest, including Oscar and friends as well as David Bowie, Elizabeth Taylor and even Princess Diana. After supping cocktails in the dazzling bar, high society party people would retire upstairs to play dominos, or whatever took their fancy (‘Guests here have always made their own rules,’ says hotel manager Francois-Xavier Schoeffer).

Today the Domino Room is an elegant and decadent dining room where we didn’t play dominos but did enjoy a stunning and surprising dinner from molecular gastronomy’s rising star Morales, 32, an alumni of Ferran Adria’s El Bulli and usually found in Madrid’s Ramses restaurant.

We loved the pink salt caviar canapes, a warm watercress and chlorophyll shooter (featuring ‘lacon’ Turner’s bacon-inspired smoked lamb rashers) and pork belly served with apple macaroons.

But the star of the night was the chocolate dessert sprinkled with powdered Arbequina olive oil, frozen before our eyes by Morales and his handsome team and served with a flourish by an army of suited Domino Room staff. 


Decadent: Place settings in the Domino Room are a very stylish affair (PC: Instagram/Ms_ToniJones)

  • The Aurelio Morales Domino Effect pop-up will run from until 11th July at the Hotel Cafe Royal. The tasting menu is priced at £85 with paired wines and cocktails available for an additional cost of £50. To make a reservation call 0207 406 3371 or email

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