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, such as the venerable Grill at the Dorchester.
The cooking and setting are undeniably lovely here, 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 Tue-Fri noon-1.30pm. Dinner served Tue-Sat 6.30-9.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner|
|Price:||Lunch hour menu: £65 for three courses incl. two glasses of wine, mineral water, coffee/tea. A la carte menu: thee courses £100; four courses £120. Tasting menu (seven courses) £140. Seasonal menu (seven courses) £180. Menu Jardin (vegetarian seven-course menu) £115.|
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I dined here to celebrate my birthday and it was truly a memorable experience. The decor oozes class and elegance, even upon arrival through the hotel lobby with people having afternoon tea I couldn't wait to get into the dining room. We went for the lunch menu with paired wines which as a cheaper lunch menu had a great choice and we wanted to try everything on the menu! The restaurant knew it was my birthday and also having old colleagues in the kitchen (I'm a chef) they very kindly brought us an extra dish of lobster with gnocchi and chicken mousse... It was phenomenal. By far one of the best dishes I have eaten in a very long time!!! The service was perfect, true masters of their trade. Efficient, helpful and very knowledgable about the menu. They kindly gave us a kitchen tour after lunch which was an absolute highlight of my day. Finishing off with a selection of desserts including their famous Babar rum which was to die for. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
I can't recall ever giving a restaurant 5 stars but in the interests of fairness after Jay Rayner's ridiculous revue of the Dorchester Grill, I feel the need to draw a line in the sand here So the decor, furniture, ambiance and layout of this restaurant are faultless. The food was worthy of every one of the 3 Michelin stars that this venue has earned. Our party of 4 had 3 of the tasting menu and 1 a la carte. This consisted of Dorset crab, root vegetable with truffle, lobster with bisque and chicken quenelles, sea bass with beetroot and mushrooms, venison, scallops, 4 cheeses with matching chutneys, mango & passion fruit sorbets, and a rum baba with a choice of 6 rums to be drizzled over The food was exceptional but what really mattered was the service. Totally faultless . Worth every penny of the £140 service charge! Yes it was obscenely expensive but it was a belated Christmas and we did have 2 £120 bottles of wine This isn't something I would do more than once a year but it was truly amazing!
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.