One of the world’s top pastry chefs is bringing his whimsical dessert shop to Houston. Chef Jordi Roca and his wife, chef Alejandra Rivas, will open Rocambolesc in Uptown Park at the end of April.
Founded in 2012, Rocambolesc provides a more affordable outlet for desserts created by Roca, one of three brothers who operate El Celler de Can Roca, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Girona, Spain that was once named the best restaurant in the world. world. Jordi Roca’s creative desserts have been widely acclaimed, including being named the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2014 and being featured on Netflix. Chef’s table documentary series.
Houstonians might remember that the Roca brothers came to town in 2014 for a three-night pop-up dinner showcasing their award-winning cuisine, which makes the decision to open Rocambolesc’s first American establishment here a bit less unlikely. The opening is facilitated by a partnership that unites the Roca brothers with chef Luis Roger and local businessman Ignacio Torras, the duo behind Houston’s famous MAD and BCN restaurants. Working together, they secured space for Rocambolesc in Uptown Park near street food restaurant Urbe and Hugo Ortega’s Songkran Thai Kitchen.
Rocambolesc will offer soft ice creams in flavors like vanilla, chocolate and baked apple, as well as soft sorbets like strawberry or coconut and violet (the purple flower). They can be topped with accessories such as chocolate cake, colored stars or the pop version of the chefs.
In addition, it will feature creative popsicles such as a finger-shaped chocolate, olive oil and salt bar and Roca’s nose-shaped strawberry and rosewater bar. The shop will also sell to-go ice cream in prepackaged 500ml containers as well as chocolate bars, truffles and candies.
Established as a Public Utility Establishment, Rocambolesc has a social mission as well as an economic vocation. It will provide employment opportunities for adults with neurological differences through a partnership with local nonprofit The Center for Pursuit.