Sergi Arola has made a name for himself as the proverbial rock star amongst the Michelin-starred chefs. His jeans, boots, biker rings and tattoos are not only evidence of his passion for fast machines and rock music, they also manifest his role as the rebel of haute-cuisine. The chef's forever youthful personality is reflected in the interiors of his Arola restaurants at Hotel Arts on Barcelona’s Playa Barceloneta and its more recent sister at Penha Longa just outside Lisbon.
The flavours of Arola's imaginative approach to traditional Mediterranean food are perfectly matched by the restaurants' quirky interiors. From the blue perspex that greets diners at the reception and the trendy staff uniforms to the light and airy furniture as well as menus, place mats, every detail defies expectation and completes an invigorating dining experience.