St. Moritz meets Córdoba

Michelin-starred chef Paco Morales is one of the most progressive representatives of Spain's young avant-garde chefs. At the Noor restaurant in Córdoba, he implements a fascinating concept that he has now exported to the Balthazar Downtown restaurant in St. Moritz.

by Fabrizio D'Aloisio

Thursday, December 29, 2022

His restaurant in Córdoba is called Noor (Arabic for light), and there our culinary artist Paco Morales stages his "cocina andalusi". It is based on old Arab recipes from the 10th century for which Morales only uses ingredients that were already known at that time. There are three menu sequences to choose from, and dishes such as hake with turmeric and roasted cauliflower or escabeche with razor clams and squid on a bed of artichoke puree will delight even spoilt gourmets.

The restaurant's aesthetic is inspired by the former Caliphate of Cordoba, with plates featuring Islamic geometric patterns. "For me, it's not just about recapturing the fantastic diversity of al-Andalus cuisine. At Noor, we are also bringing back ingredients and crafts that had largely ceased to exist," Morales explains. Guests can now also experience this craftsmanship, including culinary explosions, in St. Moritz at the Balthazar Downtown restaurant. The Downtown is the little brother of the Balthazar restaurant in St. Moritz Dorf and, in addition to its exciting interior, offers an impressive view of Lake St. Moritz.

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Lake St. Moritz is open for ice skating, skate hire available on site.The Cresta Run is open.The Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz-Celerina is open, guest rides can be booked on this website in the shop.