Epson has added theatre to an immersive dining experience in central London called The Monarch Theatre, which subtly pays homage to some of DC universe’s most iconic Super Heroes and Super-villains. Floor-to-ceiling screens and 360-degree projection delivered by 6 x Epson EB-L1075U laser projectors – all fixed with an ELPLX01 ultra-short-throw ‘periscope’ lens – delivers varying content across eleven courses of DC-themed dishes devised by exec chef Karl O’Dell (formerly of Michelin-starred Texture).
Part of Park Row, London’s first DC-inspired restaurant experience, created in partnership with Warner Bros consumer products and DC, The Monarch Theatre is a 20-seat venue serving an eleven-course tasting menu with accompanying drinks for £195 per person. Guests are taken on a culinary and visual journey with carefully crafted staging and immersive courses that play with the senses.
Created by Park Row (part of the Wonderland Restaurant group) founder James Bulmer – in collaboration with AV solutions experts and story engineers Sysco Productions, which delivered and installed the display solutions – The Monarch Theatre experience is designed to trigger specific emotions through the environment of the room and the food on the table, tied to the theatrical narrative of the evening, driven by projected content. Sysco assembled a multi-disciplinary team that included ISO Design (designers and producers of the themed media), design and construction specialists Fraser Randall, and Epson.
Culinary highlights include a ‘poisonous’ mushroom made from a rich and earthy parfait; a decadent scallop, oyster, caviar and white chocolate dish topped with gold leaf; and a USDA Black Angus tenderloin with truffle fit for the Bruce Wayne dinner table.
In DC lore the Monarch Theatre was once the epicentre of entertainment for Gothamites until it shuttered its doors following the tragic deaths of D Thomas and Martha Wayne in the alley adjacent to the iconic movie house – giving birth to the Batman.
The Monarch Theatre is taking reservations Tuesday to Saturday, with two sittings per day for lunch and dinner.