The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, LONDON, W1K 1QA
Alain Ducasse has two-dozen restaurants around the world in such glitzy locations as Monaco and Las Vegas, varying from simply stylish bistros to luxurious bastions of contemporary French cuisine. The Dorchester is firmly in the latter category. The dining room positively shimmers, which his mostly down to the 4,500 fibre optic lights that create the Table Lumière, a glamorous cocoon in the centre of the room in which sits a private table. The view over park Lane is through one-way glass to ensure a sense of privacy and exclusivity, while the service is world class - impeccably dressed, knowledgeable and smooth. The attention to detail is evident from the get-go, with perfect bread and an amuse-bouche that combines tender coco beans and confit chicken leg in a light broth with black truffle. Next up, soft-baked egg with chicken liver and lobster is another show stopper: an ingenious combination of first-class ingredients and technical virtuosity, dressed with a rich, decadent and velvety chicken jus. Roasted fillet of brill is a more traditional dish in its concept and execution, but no less thrilling, with textbook boulangère potatoes, and confit lemon and anchovy to elevate the plate to exalted status. Rib and saddle of venison is a meaty main course of refinement and earthy richness (keeping company with a glossy grand veneur sauce), and, to finish, 'Apple delight' is a harmonious textural and visual experience. The French-focused wine list covers a lot of ground and offers succour to the most ardent grape fan, and when it comes to the spend, the sky is the limit.
Tel: 020 7629 8866
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 1st wk Jan, Etr wknd, 3 wks Aug, 26-30 Dec
Days closed for lunch: Sat, 31 Dec
Cooking type: Contemporary, Modern French
Chef: Jean Philippe Blondet, Angelo Ercolano, Alberto Gobbo
Number of seats: 82
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Vegetarian meals available.
No children under 10 yrs.