Standard International has launched its first hotel outside the US in Kings Cross, London – The Standard – with restaurant Isla and bar Double Standard from executive chef Adam Rawson.
The all-day restaurant Isla is described as offering laid-back, elegant dining from a seasonal menu with a predominantly minimal intervention wine list. Integrated with the lobby and library, the restaurant leads on to the garden terrace in a residential area of Kings Cross.
The culinary offering is inspired by Britain’s island geography, it focuses on coastal cuisine, light proteins and seasonal British produce accompanied by a selection of minimal intervention wines.
Double Standard has a menu inspired by traditional pub classics and NYC dive bar food. The stand-alone bar serves craft beers, wine and classic cocktails alongside Rawson’s menu running late into the night. The interior design encapsulates the cosy feeling of a British local.
Rawson trained under Nuno Mendes before going on to launch Lucky Chip and then Pachamama where he was awarded YBF Chef of the Year. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of creating menus which reflect the distinct personalities of Double Standard and Isla. Double Standard is a more raucous, convivial space, so I’ve come up with a selection of elevated snacks perfect for sharing (or soaking up a few pints). Isla’s menu is more delicate and much lighter – perfect for enjoying in the summer sunshine.”