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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

AA Notable Wine List 2016-17
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Classically based French cuisine à la façon Ducasse

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Monsieur Ducasse has a very well-stamped passport, as a result of his having extended his worldwide restaurant empire from New York to Qatar and Hong Kong. The twin centres of the portfolio are undoubtedly Paris and London, where the glitziest and most exclusive venues are to be found, and here in the modernist confines of an elegant dining room in the Dorchester is the British flagship. Frosted windows offer hazy views of Hyde Park, while the walls are studded with what look like hundreds of little green mushrooms. Jean-Philippe Blondet is in charge of interpreting the master's style, and offers a no-holds-barred rendition of classically based French cuisine with a modernist patina. Certain dishes have made the cut from the previous incumbent, such as the lavishly rich sauté gourmand of lobster, chicken quenelles and hand-turned pasta. Rhubarb adds the all-important note of controlled acidity to an unctuous terrine of guinea-fowl and duck foie gras, ahead of principal dishes such as flawlessly timed sea bass with cucumber and juniper, or the incomparable dry-aged beef with artichoke and bone marrow. Accompaniments are designed not to outflank the star of the show – peas and mint with milk-fed lamb, chicory and truffle with veal medallion. At the end come temptations like baked apple with black cardamom ice cream, a vacherin teeming with red berries, or the celebrated baba that is doused to order in your own choice of rum. Your own choice of wine from the gigantic list will help to send the bill soaring.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st week in January, Easter weekend, 3 weeks in August, 26–30 December
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Saturday, L 31 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Jean-Philippe Blondet, Angelo Ercolano, Alberto Gobbo

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Contemporary, Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30: 1015
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30

Getting here

Nearest train station

Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch
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