Rosewood Abu Dhabi welcomes Francisco Sanabria as Chef De Cuisine at Catalan
Seasoned culinarian Francisco Sanabria joins Catalan’s award-winning team
Abu Dhabi, September 2, 2014 – Rosewood Abu Dhabi has appointed chef Francisco Sanabria as Chef De Cuisine of Catalan, the hotel’s signature fine dining restaurant. Francisco brings 14 years of experience from some of Spain’s most renowned restaurants to Catalan and introduces a new signature menu inspired by Barcelona’s celebrated culinary traditions.
Catalan prides itself in its artistic combination of traditional and contemporary to create a unique gourmet experience. With ingredients sourced from Catalonia and a carefully crafted beverage list from Spain, Catalan offers impeccable service and outstanding cuisine in a relaxed ambience.
Luigi Romaniello, Managing Director, Rosewood Abu Dhabi said: “Chef Francisco brings an inherent passion and outstanding skill for Catalonian cuisine, alongside his experience at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Spain. Francisco has proven to have flair, creativity and an intense pursuit of excellence, all of which will help further build on the success of Catalan and take the restaurant to even greater heights”.
Francisco Sanabria started his career with an apprenticeship at the Michelin three-star Akelare in San Sebastian, following which he joined the Michelin three-star Sant Pau in Barcelona as Chef de cuisine. Chef Sanabria served as a chef consultant when Sant Pau opened a branch in Tokyo, with the restaurant achieving an impressive two Michelin stars shortly after opening. Francisco has been a part of the success of the Michelin two-star restaurant Moments, in the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona as well as the Bar Canete, where he was in charge of this prestigious kitchen.
Commenting on his appointment, Francisco said: “I am thrilled to join Catalan’s talented team and bring my passion for Catalonian cuisine to an already stellar dining experience. I look forward to offering guests an authentic glimpse of Barcelona’s flavors and aromas through some of my seasonally driven dishes.”
The new menu includes appetizing starters such as the Carabinero tartare and Roasted steak of foie gras and flavorsome mains such as the Oven roasted seabass, and traditional Catalan Lobster and vegetable fideua. Chef Francisco’s dessert creations such as the Berry melody with strawberry and rose cream ice cream, mascarpone mousse and lemon blueberry soup are the perfect ending to a meal at Catalan.
Catalan has reopened its doors on August 24th, 2014 and is open daily from 7pm-11.30pm with last order at 11.15pm for dinner.
For bookings, please contact Rosewood Abu Dhabi on AbuDhabi.Dining@rosewoodhotels.com or call +971 (0) 2 813 5552+971 (0) 2 813 5552.
About Rosewood Abu Dhabi
An ultra-luxury five-star hotel on the waterfront at Sowwah Square, Rosewood Abu Dhabi features 189 rooms and suites, 58 serviced residences and 73 residences for long term lease. The 34-storey landmark hotel is strategically located on Al Maryah Island in the heart of Abu Dhabi's new Central Business District (CBD) and features direct climate-controlled links to neighbouring Sowwah Square offices, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and The Galleria on Al Maryah Island. Rosewood Abu Dhabi was recently named as the UAE’s Leading New Hotel 2014 at the prestigious World Travel Awards.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi embraces Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, reflecting the history, architecture, scale and sensibilities of Abu Dhabi. The hotel offers premium accommodations, nine distinctive restaurants and lounges, the luxury Sense, A Rosewood Spa® and fully equipped business facilities and services.
With 18 properties in eight countries, the Rosewood collection comprises of some of the most legendary hotels and resorts in the world. Rosewood Abu Dhabi is the fourth Middle East property managed by Rosewood, including Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh and Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah.
About Al Maryah Island
Al Maryah Island has been designated as Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District (CBD), which forms a key component of the UPC’s Capital 2030 Plan. Located at the midpoint between Abu Dhabi's existing downtown and new residential districts, Sowwah Square marks the completion of Phase 1 of Al Maryah Island’s development and an important milestone in the government’s strategic urban development plan.
Sowwah Square has been developed by Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI) and modelled on the world’s leading mixed-use, 24-hour CBDs. It comprises The Galleria retail and dining destination alongside four international Grade A office towers, already home to a mix of blue-chip global and regional companies including Deloitte, GE, Gulf Capital, Booz & Co, JP Morgan, Macquarie Bank, Herbert Smith Freehills and the Regulation and Supervision Bureau.
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Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), a business unit of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, operates as an equity partner and asset manager, focusing on social infrastructure projects and Real Estate investment opportunities, both within the UAE and overseas.
The unit develops strategic commercial, residential and leisure districts that are central to Abu Dhabi’s long term development plans, as well as delivering supporting infrastructure essential to the Emirate’s economic diversification. These major projects are part of the government’s 2030 plan, a comprehensive strategy to develop the Capital into an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, world-class city.
MREI works to international standards of quality, functionality and sustainability. A number of local hospitality sector projects are attracting world-class hotel and leisure operators, which are vital to Abu Dhabi’s growing luxury tourism industry.
Key Real Estate projects include Sowwah Square, the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new visionary Central Business District on Al Maryah Island. The unit is also responsible for the development of several pioneering infrastructure projects including the UAE University, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Zayed University Abu Dhabi’s new campus. Collectively, these investments remain true to the Mubadala mandate by delivering positive financial and social benefit for the community while supporting the socio-economic development of the Emirate and providing long-term financial returns.