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Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

Restaurants, French Mayfair
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

Time Out says

The setting is an historic Mayfair dining room with gorgeous wood panelling, and the cuisine very French, very refined, and very well served by genial staff.

Genial staff take obvious pleasure in working this historic dining room, with its beautiful wood panelling and floral plasterwork ceiling. India Mahdavi’s feminine interior of velvety golds complements the original features, while Damien Hirst’s artwork keeps it grounded in the present.

Waistcoats, silver jugs and Baccarat crystal denote formality, so first-timers may be surprised by the rusticity of the food on display: a leg of ham for carving, butter pats as big as cheese truckles, huge biscuit jars. Best to go with the flow. Darroze put trendy piment d’espelette on the culinary map and her menus reveal a passion for all things peppery. Yet this is not fiery cuisine; sometimes we wish it was a little less French, such as in the irritating refinement of hake with razor clams, salsa verde and minuscule girolles, which anywhere else would have been a muscular dish. No complaints, though, about perfectly proportioned foie gras crème brûlée with bright apple sorbet.

Dessert was a clever globe of chocolate, which, when hot chocolate sauce was poured over, collapsed to reveal a layered tower of black-forest-themed indulgences. The sweet avalanche continued with a whole trolley of petits fours to choose from – cinnamon marshmallow and an apricot and salted-caramel macaron were particular favourites.

Such is the special-occasion nature of the place that everyone is presented with a personalised souvenir menu; but rest assured, the experience is memorable in its own right.

 

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Address: The Connaught
London
W1K 2AL
Cross street: Carlos Place
Transport: Tube: Bond Street
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Users say (6)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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tastemaker

What a fun way to start the meal by choosing your courses like a board game. The starters and mains were amazing, and although the desserts weren’t perfect, the overall meal was fantastic! The highlight was the signature Foie Gras, served with black truffle and freshly baked brioche. Another favourite was the Lobster dish, served with a deliciously rich sauce of tandoori, carrot and coriander.

The dining room was very smart with dark wood panelling, yet the atmosphere was rather relaxed. A shout-out also to the excellent staff who were attentive, informative and entertaining! As it was a birthday celebration, they provided a nice personal touch of placing a lighted candle on a chocolate dessert. Overall, it was a very memorable meal, with excellent food. For its price, it’s definitely a preferable choice to celebrate a special occasion. (4.5 ⭐️)

tastemaker

Super service and wonderful food! Definitely a treat and for a special occasion but you can sit there for hours eating, drinking and just enjoying being in a completely refreshing environment. Right from the beginning of the meal where you get to choose your 5 or 7 courses from a game; you felt very welcome and very much looked after. 


Dessert was my favourite course, which is unusual. I had the Costa Rican pineapple with coconut foam, under which was a layer of crisp sesame and in the middle was a pineapple sorbet. Couldn't fault it! 

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Once in a lifetime you just have to go eat at The Connaught. Used to be London's stuffiest hotel. Fortunately the staff have learned to smile , and you don't have to be in the Who's Who to get in.

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awful service, bland food. supposed to be a special occasion and it was ruined. 

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We had a really poor meal here and cannot understand the 2 star rating. what a disappointment!

0 of 1 found helpful

Simply the best restaurant in London.

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