New Flavours at the H10 London Waterloo Hotel
Fine cuisine and entertaining is in the blood of Jorge Gil de Gomez, manager of the H10 London Waterloo hotel.
Childhood visits to hotels and restaurants with his businessman father instilled a love of travel and all things gastronomic in him at the age of just eight.
Now after a career which has taken him to The Savoy and The Connaught in London, Barcelona and Gijon in Spain and Kashiwa in Japan, the Spaniard is settled in the stylish 177 room Waterloo Road hotel.
Having opened the 13 floor four star premises in March 2010, Jorge has concentrated on service which has seen bookings consistently beat targets.
His Three O Two restaurant, which sits on the first floor of the airy hotel, has also recently been awarded its first AA Rosette.
But not content with this Jorge has lured head chef Adalberto Cruz from Barcelona to continually improve the restaurant’s menu.
In the last couple of months new dishes have been added, including a delicious solid gin & tonic with iced lemon dessert, and tapas creations such as salmorejo in textures (a combination of tomatoes, bread and olive oil) and cabrales croquettes (cheese from Northern Spain with caramelised onion).
Jorge said: “Expectations from guests are higher than 10 years ago. You need to constantly improve all the time.
“The new dishes are very special. We are very focused on our restaurant – it’s one of my hobbies and I love to cook.
“For me small details make a big difference – I love to fulfil and beat customers’ expectations.
“I can’t believe we got lucky enough to have Adalberto in the kitchen. He is a very talented chef.”
The H10 London Waterloo hotel is the first H10 in the capital, and Jorge has been a fan of Waterloo since he first moved to London as a teenager.
He said: “I love to travel – it’s one of my passions. London is the most fantastic place; I was 19 when I first came here.
“Waterloo is a very interesting area.
“The area 10-15 years ago was more desolate but during the last three years I can see the improvements.
“Waterloo has great restaurants, very nice bars and good nightlife. The area will just get better and better.”