Opened in 2007, the Ramses bar, restaurant and club is the most recent creation of Philippe Starck in Madrid. Although the bar occupies a large space in the centre of the first floor, do not rush to associate it with a lounge. The old master Starck has again found the opportunity to play around with his favourite interior object - the chair. Gold and silver-coloured heads serve as stools, and seem to have been removed not from garden gnomes this time (as at St.Martins Lane Hotel, London), but from Oscar-like statuettes - their features are remarkably similar to those of the famous Hollywood movie award.
Elsewhere, guests may plop down on small rocking-chairs, with the seats bearing the cheeky imprints of posteriors! Along with this minor recklessness, Starck reveals his presence in only a few more details there - leaving the overall ambience of the bar as light and tastefully minimalistic.
The dance club, too, located on the basement floor, does not present much surprise to connoisseurs of Starck's style - a small bar, dim lighting and an excellent nightclub atmosphere. Starck's true extravaganzas start at the second floor restaurant, lavishly garnished with flaunting, decadent elements: pompous candelabras, eclectic sofas and a crazy mixture of styles in chair design - some are even upholstered with black-and-white fur.
And, yes, don't forget a visit to the restroom! As in most of Starck's restaurants, this is an experience in itself. The marble washbasin bears an amazing resemblance to a table that might be used in forensic medicine, while a graceful swan neck stretches out instead of a water tap - much like the ones of the Hotel Faena in Buenos Aires (another highlight of Starck's interiors).
The cuisine, although seemingly overlooked (which is quite often the case at Starck's restaurants), is outstanding as well. It features a creative approach to a vast variety of international dishes, including Middle East hummus and beef tails.
Plaza de la Independencia, 4
Phone: +34 914 351 666
Keywords: Madrid, restaurant, Philippe Starck