It is perhaps a tribute to London’s international status that there’s a niche for this restaurant in the capital; relatively few people apart from star footballers are in a position to frequent it. Nor would we want to: indeed, there are other places we’d rather visit elsewhere within the Dorchester.
The cooking and setting are undeniably lovely, yet the overall experience lacks wow factors – apart from the bill – largely because of its unfashionably restrained, traditional approach to fine dining. Still, the restaurant commands a loyal clientele. Three courses from the carte cost £85, though the limited ‘lunch hour’ menu includes three courses, two glasses of wine, coffee and a half-bottle of water for £55. A few British ingredients (Dorset crab, Denbighshire pork, Colston Bassett stilton) make the cut, but otherwise this is very much a French affair complete with foie gras, truffled chicken quenelles and petit pois à la française.
Desserts and petit fours are superb, so plan to save room. We have fond memories of the trademarked (literally) Cookpot: a seasonally changing, pastry-sealed casserole featuring green asparagus, girolles and comté cheese this summer; in colder months, typically brussels sprouts, butternut squash, apple and Montgomery cheddar.
The wine list is naturally pricey, yet the sommeliers are helpful. You’ll need an additional £200 to secure the central table Lumière with its fibre-optic curtain and Hermès crockery – just the thing when you want to escape the riff-raff.
|Venue name:||Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester||Contact:|
The Dorchester, Park Lane
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-1.30pm Tue-Fri. Dinner served 6.30-9.30pm Tue-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner|
|Price:||Set lunch £60 3 courses incl 2 glasses of wine, mineral water, coffee. Set dinner £90 3 courses, £105 4 courses. Set meal £125 tasting menu, £180 seasonal menu|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
Alain Ducasse deserves all the *** stars.
I was always wondering what is the difference between one and three Michelin stars. The visit at Alain Ducasse explained that.
The service was perfect, Everything was well timed and delivered with pleasure and ease. Service and great food comes together.
This is certainly a strong contender for being London's best restaurant.
The food was very creative and inventive and cooked to perfection. There are no complaints. Portions are very decent. You don't leave this restaurant hungry and there is a very long lasting smile on your face.
I was very happy with my visit and I will certainly return.