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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
£££££
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’…

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’…

Summary

£147
£££££
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.

“The beautiful room… the attentive, enthusiastic and highly competent staff… the exceptional precision of the cuisine, together with its subtlety” – Hélène Darroze’s “romantic” operation in this most pukka of Mayfair hotels is a fine example of “refined, effortless and luxurious ‘art de la table’” (including a notably good wine list) and its many advocates feel you “can’t fault the place”. Sceptics agree “it’s very good… just not worth the mega prices”.

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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.
Lloyd S
When you have a dining experience like we d...
Reviewed 21 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 2 months, 7 days ago

"Excellent "

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Tricia M
A perfect night - from start to finish we ...
Reviewed 2 months, 7 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 2 months, 18 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 3 months, 2 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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Lloyd S
If our first two visits weren’t special e...
Reviewed 8 months, 16 days ago

"If our first two visits weren’t special enough then what we experienced today went above and beyond those. On our previous occasions we had enjoyed the pleasure and honour of dining in the Armagnac Room and at Chefs Table but today it was a delight to be seated in the dining room. Here we could experience for the first time the team in full flow and believe me they did not disappoint. We arrived at the hotel and were given a delightful welcome from the porter’s before making our way inside to the restaurant reception. Here the warm welcome continued as we were escorted to our table with members of staff showing their delight in seeing us again. Our table was to be in the corner which gave you a fantastic view of the entire dining room. The room is absolutely stunning and I have to say that the pictures I’ve seen don’t do it justice. Although it’s quite a large room they’ve set out the tables in booth type settings giving the majority of tables a nice private feeling. Our lunch was to be full of special moments which started with complimentary glasses of champagne poured by Pierre our sommelier for the day. Then it was time to meet our good friend and restaurant manager Mirko who personally welcomed us back with open arms. Then after a nice little catch up it was time to see the menu. This would be a seven course tasting menu with the option of a smaller five course available as well. We opted to choose the seven with an additional cheese course. We started with a nice consommé to refresh our palate before moving on to a selection of three amazing snacks. These were a Glazed Datterino Tomato with tapioca cracker & vanilla , Burrata & gazpacho tartelette and a ‘Pan con tomate’. We enjoyed these along with some bread and the infamous orange & lemon coloured butter. Now it was time time to put Pierre to the test and for him to recommend a wine pairing for the menu. This I have to say he passed with flying colours as he came up with an absolute beauty. His choice was a David & Nadia 2015 Elpidos which was nice and light yet full of fruity flavours that complimented each dish perfectly. Now it was time for our first course which was the Crab and if I just say it’s the best crab dish I’ve ever tasted you will understand how good it was. The brown & spider crabs , pomelo , lampong pepper & txangurro was simply stunning. This was accompanied by a nice surprise of the amazing Caviar with scottish langoustine , ‘piel de sapo’ , melon , samphire & ponzu. This was followed by the fabulous Coco Bean with smoked eel , timut pepper & clams consommé. We were then in for another absolutely stunning dish and I’ve personally never enjoyed a Foie Gras dish more. It came with apple , celeriac , sancho pepper , koji rice , sake that just blew me away. Now you may wonder how can you follow that. Well it proved to not difficult at all as next to arrive was the fantastic XXL Scallop with tandoori spices , carrot , citrus , coriander. Now it was time for the main course and where we would be in for another treat. Firstly was the Turbot with fresh hazelnut , piquillo pepper , calamari pil pil which was amazing enough. But this was to be alongside the Wagyu Beef with corn on the cob , cep , sage , fermented pepper that was absolutely heaven on a plate. It was now time for a rest before moving onto the Cheese Course and where we would now be in for another amazing treat as Mirko took us for a guided tour of the wine cellar and to see the sommeliers table. We could have stayed down there for ages but had to get back and continue our fabulous lunch. We retook our seats before moving on to the cheese accompanied by figs , honey , fruit bread , breadsticks and two tasters of very special wines from the cellar. So yes we’ve now reached dessert time which started with the Fig with greek yoghurt , fennel , ginger that was a very interesting combination yet the flavours worked wonderfully well together. This led us to the main dessert of Chocolate with cumin , lemon and if we thought that was it we were wrong as together with this came a Signature Baba with raspberries , pepper & chantilly cream. We were now literally waving the white flag but in a good and light hearted way because everything had been truly amazing. We finished with coffee and petit fours to bring to an end a most memorable lunch which I can only describe as Hospitality at it’s Best. The food and wine was absolutely stunning which was matched by service of the highest order. So I think you can guess what I’m going to say now and yes I would highly recommend a visit to Helene Darroze as it will be an unforgettable experience. A massive thank you to Mirko , Claudia , Pierre , Matteo , Paulina , Lorenzo for a truly amazing dining experience and look forward to seeing you all again soon"

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Sumit G
Excellent!...
Reviewed 10 months, 7 days ago

"Excellent!"

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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%
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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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