Chef Jason Atherton opens his first Alpine outpost

Fine cuisine fuses with après-ski frivolity at St Moritz’s former King’s Club nightclub

The venue – designed with a central bar – will serve dinner and drinks in the early evening and host dancing into the small hours
The venue – designed with a central bar – will serve dinner and drinks in the early evening and host dancing into the small hours | Image: Gian Giovanoli

Celebrated British chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is going high altitude with his first Alpine outpost, King’s Social House – a fine dining experience within the King’s Club nightclub at Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz.

Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz
Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz

The legendary King’s Club – the oldest nightclub in Switzerland – has undergone a refurbishment by Rosendale Design, lending the new space a “convivial yet clubby feel” that evolves from dinner and drinks in the early evening to dancing into the small hours.

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Head chef Marcus Rohlen, formerly of London’s Pollen Street Social and Social Wine & Tapas, takes the helm with a menu that includes roast wild mushroom “served in a bag” with cep toast (SFr32, about £25); truffle morels, Gruyère, Emmental and pangritata (about £29); and grilled lobster with truffle and Parmesan fries (from about £36). Dishes “from the fire” range from wood-fired scallops (about £25 for three) to ribeye steak with herb pesto, pommes fondantes and béarnaise (about £78).

Chef Jason Atherton at King’s Social House, his new St Moritz outpost
Chef Jason Atherton at King’s Social House, his new St Moritz outpost | Image: Gian Giovanoli

A centrally positioned bar complements the inventive menus, serving champagne, festive punches and mulled and classic cocktails. A series of international DJs is set to take the decks, including Mr Mike, Joe T Vannelli, Jamie Lewis, Tanja La Croix, Tom Novy and Kenny Carpenter.

Roast wild mushroom “served in a bag” with cep toast, €32, at King's Social House
Roast wild mushroom “served in a bag” with cep toast, €32, at King's Social House | Image: Gian Giovanoli

“I love to ski with my family in St Moritz,” says Atherton. “I enjoy the energy and excitement and want to echo this in a restaurant where the service, atmosphere and sharing plates on the menu encourage a sociable experience.” 

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