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Summary

£174
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2
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3
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The food is sublime”; “exceptional service” is “very friendly and interactive”; “… but WOW! the bill!!” – that’s the headline story this year on this famous French chef’s London outpost in this most blue-blooded of hotels. Despite numerous “exquisite” dishes featuring in reports, very many reporters feel “the costs verge on criminal” (and that “once you have seen the prices, it’s difficult to get past them as the food just doesn’t compensate for the full-blown attack on your wallet!!”). It doesn’t help that the restaurant was recently elevated by Michelin to three stars, and that an “interesting but not amazing” experience can now seem well below par (“how this dining room has the tyre maker’s top rating is beyond us”). And those seeking an old-school Mayfair environment should also look elsewhere: “the days of the Connaught of old are well and truly over”, with “a conscious decision to move away from the previous old-style look” – a move dismissed by critics as “suburban lounge décor in what used used to be one of the handsomest dining rooms in London”.

Summary

£173
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Absolutely iconic, with superb everything!” or “not up to the hype” (“how she was awarded three Michelin Stars, goodness knows!!!”) – Hélène Darroze’s 12-year tenure at the most blueblooded of Mayfair hotels continues to split reporters, as it always has. With its “exceptional, amazing presentation and exotic flavours”, the cuisine’s overall scores in our survey do, undoubtedly, rank it amongst London’s best; but equally they suggest that the Tyre Men’s January 2021 promotion to its top billing is over-egging things a bit (perhaps because she’s French?). Also divisive is the “somewhat under-the-radar, modern-luxe refurb” of this famous dining room in late 2019. To fans, the new guise is “warm” and “well-spaced”, but to detractors it seems “funny peculiar” (“if only the surroundings had preserved a little of the elegance of the old Connaught dining room”). The excruciating final bill is also an issue, even to its most ardent fans: “words cannot do the food justice. I could have cried eating every dish… But I did actually cry when the bill arrived!”.

Summary

£155
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3
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Hélène Darroze’s luxurious Mayfair temple of gastronomy, within Mayfair’s most blueblooded hotel, is celebrating its tenth year with a two-month closure, to re-open in September 2019. A revamp is promised, care of French design house, ‘Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur’ (whose aesthetic, we are told in the PR, ‘focuses on bold re-imaginings of historic spaces, combining the contemporary with luxury materials’). There will also be the addition of a new chef’s table and dedicated Armagnac room; plus a new menu ‘rooted in Hélène’s culinary style, with a larger focus on British producers and suppliers’. The survey consensus on its former incarnation could be summarised as “exceptional cuisine albeit at extortionate prices” to appeal to “a crowd of plutocrats and their lawyers, and very old-money types”: we’ve maintained last year’s rating on the conservative assumption that its new incarnation will be a case of ‘plus ça change’…

Summary

£155
£££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Hélène Darroze’s luxurious Mayfair temple of gastronomy, within Mayfair’s most blueblooded hotel, is celebrating its tenth year with a two-month closure, to re-open in September 2019. A revamp is promised, care of French design house, ‘Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur’ (whose aesthetic, we are told in the PR, ‘focuses on bold re-imaginings of historic spaces, combining the contemporary with luxury materials’). There will also be the addition of a new chef’s table and dedicated Armagnac room; plus a new menu ‘rooted in Hélène’s culinary style, with a larger focus on British producers and suppliers’. The survey consensus on its former incarnation could be summarised as “exceptional cuisine albeit at extortionate prices” to appeal to “a crowd of plutocrats and their lawyers, and very old-money types”: we’ve maintained last year’s rating on the conservative assumption that its new incarnation will be a case of ‘plus ça change’…

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Hélène Darroze, The Connaught Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Hélène Darroze, The Connaught Hotel Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Hélène Darroze, The Connaught Hotel restaurant.
Jonathan B
Five courses and amuse bouches were mostly ...
Reviewed 3 months, 12 days ago

"Five courses and amuse bouches were mostly pretty good, but the lobster with tikka spices and coriander featured a chicken emulsion which tasted like a rich beef gravy and really didn't work at all. Guinea Fowl was oddly bland and slightly over-cooked, a common mistake, unacceptable at this price point (£300 a head). Service was evidently hurried a felt like a punishment for arriving late and waiters' descriptions of each dish were inaudible, even in this very quiet, but very nice room. Wine list at 200 pages was ridiculous, and illegible without a magnifying glass. Definitely NOT three stars."

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Lloyd S
When you have a dining experience like we d...
Reviewed 7 months, 23 days ago

"When you have a dining experience like we did on saturday then all you really need to say is thank you. From the moment we entered the Connaught until the moment we left everything was just how hospitality should be. The welcome , food , wine and service was simply impeccable which is why it is no surprise that this restaurant holds the coveted honour of three michelin stars. So now let me tell you about our latest visit. We made our way towards the restaurant where we were given the most amazing welcome from the team before being escorted inside to our table in the right hand corner. This is a lovely table that gives you an amazing view of the entire restaurant. Once we’d got comfortable we were poured a complimentary glass of champagne to welcome us back. This was followed by being given our personalised napkins and a fabulous selection of snacks consisting of Buckwheat , Barley & Spelt. Next to come was the menu where there is simply a choice between the five or seven course tasting menu. We decided on the seven course which now had to be paired with wine. This we left with sommelier Pierre who gave us a few recommendations but in the end went with his favourite choice a 2017 Crozes - Hermitage Alain Graillot from the Rhône Valley. This was indeed an excellent pairing with it’s fruity flavours and silky texture on the palate. It was now time to move to our first course and what a fabulous way to begin. A glorious White Asparagus with gurnard , whelks , royal bottarga & white miso. This was followed by a stunning Pea with mint , wild pepper , cedrat & bellota ham consommé. Before the arrival of our next course we were presented with an extra dish of a Squid Ink risotto with chorizo that was heaven. What was to follow was an absolute stunning dish. The Lobster with tandoori spices , carrot , citrus & coriander had the richness from the lobster combined with delightful spice to create this beautiful plate of food. Next to arrive was an amazing Turbot with tropea onion , razor clams & romesco. This set us up nicely for the fantastic main course of “Cour d’Armoise” Chicken with pertuis asparagus , wild garlic & vin jaune d’arbois. We were then in for a lovely surprise as we headed downstairs to the kitchen to meet head chef Marco and the team. We then decided to have an additional Cheese Course with a selection five cheeses accompanied with condiments including fruit bread , honey & bread sticks. Sommelier Pierre came up with another fabulous pairing. My wife had a glass of port but for myself he recommended a glass of Cosecha 2011 a gran riserva Spanish rioja. Now it was time to finish with dessert which started with Forced Rhubarb , hay pannacotta , bay & milk. This led us to chocolate heaven with a fantastic Chocolate , cocoa pulp & cocoa nibs to bring the menu to a glorious end. We finished with coffee and petit fours which included a heavenly Paris Brest with pistachio & grapefruit to bring to an end a truly outstanding dining experience. If you ever feel like being treated to absolute perfection in hospitality then I would highly recommend a visit to Helene Darroze. The food was stunning and paired with fabulous wine and when you combine this with first class service you are simply in for an absolute treat. Thank You Lorenzo , Pierre , Claudia , Sarina , Marco and all the team for a fantastic lunch and look forward to seeing you all again soon."

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M C
Excellent ...
Reviewed 9 months, 9 days ago

"Excellent "

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Tricia M
A perfect night - from start to finish we ...
Reviewed 9 months, 9 days ago

"A perfect night - from start to finish we were looked after and every need was met. The good was outstanding "

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David C
I had thought the three stars were too long...
Reviewed 9 months, 20 days ago

"I had thought the three stars were too long in coming, but I now find they were probably a curse. The food was barely worth one star, but its main problem was trying to impress without succeeding. No course was memorable, and the menu is currently effectively without choice, unless one pays almost half as much again for one of the only two options (rum baba excepted). The cheese course (extra) was a sad disgrace. Service mostly good, but strangely hurried given there are so many staff. The less said about the revamp the better. A disappointed previous fan!"

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mark w
One of the best 3 star restaurant in the uk...
Reviewed 10 months, 4 days ago

"One of the best 3 star restaurant in the uk, We had the chefs table , and the experience was well worth , definitely recommend this restaurant"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£27.50 £61.00 £11.00 £19.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £60.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Carlos Pl, London, W1K 2AL
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MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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