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March 2022: apparently the restaurant has been closed for two years. For some reason noone PR'd that fact, but the fact that it has reopened after an "inevitable" closure has been much publicised.

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Summary

£161
£££££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

That there’s too few reports in our annual diners’ poll for a rating on this Mayfair chamber is remarkable given the lofty heritage of its famous name (for many decades applied to the room that’s nowadays Hélène Darroze, upstairs). After a hiatus of many years, this new space opened in 2020 and has never inspired much press reviewer attention – perhaps due to its ‘citizens of nowhere’ contemporary styling and modern JG Vongerichten-curated menu. Still, such feedback as we do receive on results from the luxurious rotisserie and wood-burning grill is all good.

Summary

£154
£££££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Bearing no resemblance to the ‘Connaught Grill’ in operation from 1955-2000 (nowadays, the space occupied by Hélène Darroze), this relative newcomer opened in early 2020, closed for much of the pandemic, then re-emerged in April 2022 (too late for much feedback in our annual diners’ poll). Occupying a newly converted area within the hotel, the sleek interior – with much bespoke woodwork – is a world away from the ‘period piece’ style of its former namesake. Likewise the menu, overseen by NYC chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and much of it produced from the rotisserie and a wood-burning grill. Where, in its former incarnation, you might have enjoyed Consommé ‘Prince of Wales’, followed by Médaillons de Cailles ‘Belle Epoque’, now you can have Heirloom Tomato Salad followed by grilled Japanese Sirloin Black Beef.

Summary

£125
£££££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Although it is branded under the famous ‘Connaught Grill’ name – which ran from 1955-2000 and was presided over for 26 of those years by the legendary Michel Bourdin – this new dining room, which opened in early 2020, is a total break from the past. With Hélène Darroze occupying the Grill’s old site, this reincarnation inhabits former private rooms elsewhere on the ground floor. John Heah’s sleek design for the interior – with much bespoke woodwork – is a world away from the ‘period piece’ decor of the former grill. The same could also be said of NYC chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s menu, much of it produced from the rotisserie and a wood-burning grill. Where, in days of yore, you might have enjoyed Consommé ‘Prince of Wales’, followed by Médaillons de Cailles ‘Belle Epoque’, you can now have Sashimi, followed by Wagyu Beef Fillet.

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Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£28.00 £75.00 £15.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:15 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:15 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:15 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:15 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:45 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm

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