ROTTERDAM, 16 February 2023 – Star chef Marco Prins brings worldly flavors to the Coolsingel in Rotterdam with new festive restaurant Grace.
For months now, it has been buzzing through the streets of Rotterdam. The gigantic corner building on Coolsingel, opposite the stately City Hall, was thoroughly renovated after years of vacancy by seasoned hospitality entrepreneur Herman Hell. Inspired by the world-famous restaurants of Paris, London, Barcelona and Madrid, Hell decided to create something that did not yet exist in Rotterdam. With star chef Marco Prins as captain of the kitchen staff, a benevolent and flamboyant interior and an A-location right in the centre, he more than succeeded with his new “festive restaurant” Grace.
“With Grace, we want to give Rotterdam something beautiful. A place where being yourself is welcomed and where we celebrate life together.” Tells Hell about the new addition. “Whether it's a Parisian breakfast, a relaxed lunch, Arabic tea or a sumptuous dinner with champagne, cocktails and dancing until we can't take it any more. Everything happens at Grace with style. Or, as we say ourselves, It's about how.”
Chef de Cuisine Marco Prins
The Chef de Cuisine of the revamped catering concept on Rotterdam's Coolsingel is star chef Marco Prins. Prins has worked for leading restaurants such as Parkheuvel and Oud Sluis before deciding to try his luck overseas. In New York, he managed to secure a star for his work at restaurant Ukiyo, where Japanese-Korean dishes made up the menu. Now it is time for Prins to conquer Rotterdam with his culinary talent.
Still, the menu for Grace will take a different approach than the typical star restaurants: “At Grace, we serve quality dishes from all over the world. And although the dishes are sophisticated and extremely thoughtful, we think it's important to be there for everyone. So, our menu is designed with that in mind. Not only a dinner with many courses is possible, also for a small celebration you are at the right place at Grace.” says Prins.
The worldly taste of Grace
Grace's menu takes guests on a journey through the best dishes of different parts of the world. Think Colombian empanadas with aji dip, Peruvian yellowtail ceviche or the classic Caesar salad with a surprising Japanese twist. For those who want to go big, there is also an Italian version of lobster on the menu with sage, green asparagus and Parmesan cheese. Or start a dinner in style with Perle Imperial caviar with blinis. Yet, a more subdued moment of enjoyment is also perfectly possible. For a cocktail at the bar or a small snack with your loved one, you are also welcome at Grace.
A place with allure
Hell is known for his daring concepts and stimulating interiors. With the Salmon House, he won the prestigious Entree award for “Best New Bar and Restaurant” last year. This distinct identity also characterizes Grace's interior. For example, worldly elements come together in the stylish patterns of the floors. Colors are warm and boldly brought together, and the observant viewer can discover many 1920s elements here.
Responsible for the interior design is Liselore Holman, who has already managed to give several large hospitality projects a surprising metamorphosis: “a few months ago the enormous building on the Coolsingel was still completely shell, 910 m2 of concrete. Together with the best parties in the country, we turned it into a warm and surprisingly flamboyant place where you can escape the day for a while. The interior brings together everything that has inspired us in recent years. I can't wait to see the place filled with guests and fully up and running,” Holman said.