Alex Dilling Is Going Solo This Summer

Heard of Alex Dilling?

Then you’ll know he’s kind of a big deal.

And now he’s announced that he’s going solo, opening his first restaurant in the decadent five-star Hotel Café Royal, this summer.

Ten years ago, Dilling was Chef De Cuisine at New York’s Caviar Russe, helping them to snare a Michelin star. He then moved over to our sunny shores, taking the reigns, first at Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, and then The Greenhouse.

Here however, he’ll be stepping back from the kitchen, or at least, in part, acting as Executive Chef. Head Chef will be taken up by his right hand man at The Greenhouse, Pierre Minotti (also a maestro in the kitchen).

Alex Dilling

The restaurant will take over the rather handsome first-floor space that Laurent Tourondel’s Laurent at Café Royal used to occupy (naming the restaurant after yourself is apparently a running theme). Exactly what the menu will be be is yet to be announced, however what we do know is that it will showcase ‘gastronomic French classics’, built around ‘generosity’ and ‘impeccable product’. In other words, it will be fancy AF French-inspired fine-dining. Dilling’s ​​métier.

Considering the pair’s pedigree, you can likely expect elaborate cooking methods, opulent ingredients (foie gras here, black truffle there, caviar everywhere) and dishes that will each inevitably require at least ten minutes of camera time.

Have a peek at Alex’s Instagram for an idea.

Alex Dilling Café Royal is set to open this summer ’22. We’ll be back with more details as soon as we have them. First bookings are being taken on June 15. Join the waiting list via their website here.


Alex Dilling Café Royal | 68 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 4DY


Written by: Rupert Hohwieler

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Alex Dilling At Hotel Café Royal

68 Regent Street, Soho, Soho, W1B 4DY

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