Doha, Qatar: ADRIFT Anda, the new Italian restaurant concept from Michelin-starred chef David Myers, known to foodies worldwide as Gypsy Chef, opened yesterday at Le Royal Méridien Doha, the timelessly chic hotel in the heart of Lusail.
This week, Myers hosted an exclusive look at his new restaurant during an intimate lunch and dinner at the soon-to-be-opened ADRIFT Anda. Guests were treated to a selection of antipasti, crudo, signature pastas and pizzas, paired with aperitivo drinks by celebrity bartender Jimmy Barrat. Later they enjoyed a live cooking demonstration by David Myers while he also shared his fondest travel memories from across Italy, the inspiration behind ADRIFT Anda.
David Myers is an internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur and a citizen of the world with an insatiable hunger for travel. He has opened restaurants across Asia, the United States and the Middle East, most recently ADRIFT Burger Bar in LA and at Expo 2020 Dubai and ADRIFT Kaya in New Delhi. His culinary success has earned him recognition from titles such as Food & Wine, the Michelin Guide and the James Beard Foundation, as well as guest appearances on television shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, Top Chef and Master Chef. Recognized for his unique way of combining his two greatest passions; Food and Travel, David, curates and innovates new, engaging experiences for guests around the world under the @GypsyChef moniker. In each of his restaurants, David draws on the local flavors and ingredients he has discovered on his travels to create a collection of truly engaging concepts.
Commenting on his new venture, Executive Chef David Myers said: “I am incredibly excited to open ADRIFT Anda at Le Royal Meridien in Doha! ADRIFT Anda, like all my other restaurants, is a concept inspired by the memories, encounters and experiences I have made on my travels around the world. In this particular case, having traveled from Tuscany to Rome to Naples, I designed the core menu for ADRIFT Anda on a napkin, inspired by the best of a Roman trattoria, a Neapolitan pizzeria and a Florentine steakhouse.”
“A key element of the concept was capturing the relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere I encountered on my trip and infusing it into the restaurant’s design, menu, music and lighting. I want to present my interpretation of honest Italian food but still with the ADRIFT edge that makes the restaurant truly unique.” Added Chef Myers.
Skillfully blending the food and atmosphere of a Roman trattoria, a Florentine steakhouse and a Neapolitan pizzeria into one lively restaurant, ADRIFT Anda serves full-bodied and no-nonsense cuisine in a space that exudes warm Italian hospitality. Passing through an intimate bar and lounge, guests are greeted with rich flavors from an open kitchen and pizzaiolo counter across from the lively dining room. The kitchen serves thin and moist pizzas alongside homemade pasta and succulent Bistecca Fiorentina.
David Myers’ carefully presented dishes – inspired by his own travels – go hand in hand with a wine cellar stocked with Italy’s most famous grape varieties. Mediterranean-born, internationally acclaimed bartender Jimmy Barrat curates a fun and vibrant cocktail collection that highlights the classic aperitivo culture synonymous with the Italian way of life. A selection of wellness drinks was put together by beverage expert and trained phytotherapist Michael Isted for the Nolo crowd.
Commenting on the opening of the restaurant, Gerrit Graf, General Manager of Le Royal Meridien Doha said: “Chef David Myers offers experiences that spark curiosity with a fresh perspective and is in synergy with guests at Le Royal Meridien Doha who are passionate, forward-thinking, and eager to discover unique cultural and culinary experiences. We are delighted to have opened Adrift Anda by Chef David Myers and look forward to sharing his passion for food and travel.”
ADRIFT Anda will be open to customers for indoor and outdoor dining from June 16th.
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