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.
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.
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).
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.
“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.”