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SEEN’s mouth is already watering at the news that Rüya (dream in Turkish), one of this year’s most anticipated restaurant openings from the Doğuş Restaurant Entertainment and Management group, will open its first London site this June 2018. The celebrated Anatolian restaurant and bar concept will welcome guests to its new location on Upper Grosvenor Street in Mayfair. In collaboration with d.ream group and designers Conran and Partners, Rüya will be the brand’s second establishment and the first in a major European city.

Inspired by second generation restaurateur Umut Özkanca’s Istanbul heritage, Rüya will offer Londoners a taste of sophisticated, contemporary dishes from the various Anatolian regions, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. With Chef Patron Colin Clague – formerly of Zuma and Caprice Holdings – at the helm, diners will experience a menu featuring an array of Anatolian classics with a contemporary and fresh twist. Highlights include: 24-hour slow cooked short rib
with Turkish chili BBQ glaze and spiced Konya chickpea puree; Zeytinyağli ahtapot (marinated & grilled octopus with black eyed beans and apple vinaigrette) and Two cheese pide from the Black Sea with slow-cooked egg.

“Umut’s father, Rasim Özkanca, has been an essential influence in the menu creation. He has 50 years of experience in the restaurant business and he’s been invaluable. All the recipes are in his head and I am thrilled to be creating and sharing these special dishes,”
says Colin.

The beverage programme is designed to bring guests through a journey of flavours from all the regions of the Anatolian Peninsula. The menu will comprise signature cocktail creations such as the Black Sea made with Rye whiskey, Cognac, Vermouth, Raisin, Cinnamon and Bitters, alongside other drinks such as the Lokum and Saze-raki. Ruya will also boast a huge selection of Raki, the ultimate grape distillation that is the famed anise-scented national spirit of Turkey.

Designed by internationally renowned Conran & Partners, the intricately designed venue has capacity for 136 guests including a private dining room and lounge. The impressive restaurant accommodates a variety of dining experiences ranging from a chef’s table area adjacent to the open kitchen amid contemporary custom-designed Turkish tiling, a more formal dining room and an intimate PDR and a lively bar area. The restaurant is located off Park Lane and has an original, separate street entrance from Upper Grosvenor Street.

Owner Umut Özkanca comments: “Rüya’s enticing concept fuses a vibrant restaurant and bar experience together with décor, menu and an ambiance taking inspiration from Anatolian roots. We have taken authentic traditions, which I retain a deep personal connection to, and interpreted modern details for the sophisticated London audience. We are excited to provide memorable experiences for our guests and welcome everyone to discover our fantastic concept in London.”

Özkanca hopes to highlight the diversity and quality of Anatolian cuisine, a cuisine steeped in a rich and colourful history, as he expands the restaurant, lounge and bar concept on a global scale.

Rüya will be open seven days a week from 12:00pm-2:30pm for lunch and from 6:00pm-10.30pm for dinner. The bar will be open all day from 12:00pm until 1:00am Monday-Saturday and until 12.30am on Sunday.

30 Upper Grosvenor Street