Dubai's Ruya set to open in London
The UAE-based Anatolian restaurant will open in Mayfair this spring
D.ream Group (Dogus Restaurant Entertainment and Management), has announced the expansion of Rüya to London.
Rüya London will be located within the Grosvenor House Hotel on iconic Park Lane, and represents the first international outlet for the UAE-founded concept. This is the first time a home-grown UAE restaurant has been exported to the UK on a project of this scale.
Rüya, meaning dream in Turkish, is the realization of Umut Özkanca’s long vision to redefine the conventional perception of Turkish food. Of the opening, Özkanca said: “With Rüya London we are coming one step closer to our mission statement of elevating Anatolian cuisine internationally to global audiences. I am extremely proud of our entire team, who have done an excellent job in providing a consistent customer experience in Dubai over the past year. Succeeding in the Middle Eastern market was a challenge that we surpassed and took away key lessons from. Now we are ready to transport Anatolian cuisine to the rest of the world.”
The kitchen at Rüya London will be led by executive chef Colin Clague. Clague’s creations showcase contemporary interpretations of traditional Anatolian food, using ethically sourced produce, presented with passion and personality.
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Beyond London, Özkanca hopes to further showcase Anatolian cuisine globally, by expanding the restaurant to other locations such as the United States.
The announcement comes at a time when Rüya Dubai celebrates its first-year anniversary, with a planned opening date set for spring 2018.