We’re delighted to announce a new culinary partnership with Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, with the launch of King’s Social House at King’s Club in December. This will be the sixteenth restaurant in The Social Company’s international portfolio, and one he is particularly excited about given his family’s attachment to St. Moritz.
The new restaurant, bar and nightclub follows a complete renovation and redesign of the space by Rosendale Design, creating an illustrious setting and atmospheric hub, and the perfect foil to Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s nine distinctive dining facilities.
Famed as the oldest nightclub in Switzerland, King’s Club has enjoyed a distinguished reputation as a legendary night spot for generations of St. Moritz jetsetters. A chic yet relaxed approach, synonymous with St. Moritz’s signature style, will transform the new space into an animated dining venue that evolves as the evening progresses into a high-energy bar and club exuding an urban atmosphere with low lighting and beautiful soft furnishings.
Opening on the first week of December, guests can expect a selection of sharing plates and wood-fired meat and fish dishes designed to create a social environment and an entertaining and interactive dining experience. British influences such as Atherton’s flavoursome Pork Pie trolley will combine with locally sourced, seasonal produce including signature regional cheeses with additional inspiration from all over the world to appeal to the international clientele.
The menu will include dishes such as roasted wild mushroom ‘served in a bag’ cep toast, truffle morels ‘fondue’ and roasted lobster served with triple cooked duck fat chips. A slick drinks offering served at the beautifully designed central bar will include champagne, punches, mulled and classic cocktails and premium spirits, making it an excellent venue for celebrations. A rota of roaming international DJs, curated by legendary DJ Mr. Mike, includes names such as Joe T. Vannelli, Mousse T, Danny Rampling, Tom Novy and Kenny Carpenter who played at the infamous Studio 54.
A mural painting by Swiss street artist duo, Bane + Pest, will create an impressive large-scale feature wall and a centerpiece that reflects the creativity and versatility of the food. Traditional materials from the local area will be used in a contemporary manner featuring grey pine panels taken from old field barns, slate columns reminiscent of chalet rooflines and timber table tops, a nod to the timber doors found in the local Engadine area.
Manning Atherton’s first Swiss venue will be Head Chef Marcus Rohlen. Swedish-born Marcus joined Pollen Street Social in 2011 as Junior Sous Chef, after stints at Lindsay House, Bentleys and Corrigan’s Mayfair. After rising to sous chef at Pollen Street Social, he joined Social Wine & Tapas as head chef in 2017, creating a menu of modern tapas-style dishes.
A keen skier and a seasoned visitor to the Engadine Valley, Atherton has long cited St. Moritz as his favourite ski destination, not least for its fantastic dining and drinking scene and growing gastronomic landscape. A passion project, he was enticed by the challenge of meeting the needs of a winter destination with short seasons to make each day count and satisfy the desires of dramatically varying diner needs and expectations.
He comments, “I love to ski with my family in St. Moritz and have been going for as long as I remember. I enjoy the energy and excitement of skiing and want to echo this in a dining experience for customers that is somewhere they can socialise and integrate. The service, atmosphere and sharing plates on the menu encourage a sociable dining experience; a place where people can visit not only for the food quality but as a truly special place where they can be comfortable and cherish time with loved ones.”
As St. Moritz is increasingly recognised as a culinary wonderland showcasing international gastronomic talent, King’s Social House joins this creative collection and endeavours to provide an experience that complements Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s sophisticated but playful history and Atherton’s inimitable social dining experiences.
Rich in heritage and spilling with stories, Badrutt’s Palace’s esteemed guests from Rita Hayworth to Alfred Hitchcock have long enjoyed its spirit of hospitality that accommodates all tastes, remembers all preferences and embraces all requests, however elaborate. Managing Director Richard Leuenberger comments, “Much like the surrounding hotel, the aim was to create a spirited and interactive atmosphere that provides a sense of occasion and yet lacks pretention. We are thrilled to be working with such a skilled chef and restauranteur and look forward to an eventful winter season.”
About Badrutt’s Palace Hotel:
Badrutt’s Palace: where generations have met since 1896. Experience legendary service and an enchanting atmosphere in the heart of St Moritz, with 300 days of sunshine in winter and summer. Unrivalled and unexpected eating and drinking, joie de vivre and a unique sense of belonging in a historic and, iconic mountain resort. A celebration of style, sports, culinary adventures and wellness in the Swiss Alps. In winter, explore one of the world’s most exciting ski regions, at 6,000 ft. In summer, the Engadine Valley’s sun-soaked alpine activities beckon. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has 157 guestrooms all with heart-stopping views of the lake or the charming village centre. Eight on-site restaurants and three bars include Andreas Caminada’s Michelin-starred IGNIV, Japanese-Peruvian Matsuhisa, fine-dining at Le Restaurant and after-hours music venue, King’s Club. Badrutt’s Palace is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Swiss Historic Hotels.
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