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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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Classic dishes from a French master

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The notion of the maître cuisinier overseeing a flotilla of exclusive dining rooms across the known world may seem a little forbidding in these straitened times, but it remains a powerful exemplar of what aspirational restaurateuring is about. Alain Ducasse undoubtedly fits the model to a T, and The Dorchester makes a suitably grand setting for the London iteration of his culinary practice. It's an understated space, let it be said, elegant enough to be sure, but essentially pitched at the neutral end of the spectrum, the pierced curvilinear screen that shields the entrance distantly suggesting British postwar abstract sculpture. The kitchen here is the preserve of Jean-Philippe Blondet, who supervises a menu that remains a beacon of constancy in a changing culinary landscape. These are dishes burnished to a high degree of accomplishment through long acquaintance, from the crab tourteau with celeriac and caviar, through the halibut and oyster with seaweed, and dry-aged beef with artichoke and bone marrow, to the rum-laced babas to finish. That is not to suggest that the menu doesn't develop – look to rib and saddle of venison with parsnip and peanuts for a peek into the unfamiliar – but it reinforces the unfashionable idea that great kitchens become associated in the French tradition with a medley of signature dishes. The lunchtime menu offers appealingly simple options, perhaps salsify with smoked eel and Granny Smith, followed by Denbighshire pork and braised chicory, and a Menu Jardin vegetarian six-courser may be a pleasant surprise in the context. The quartet of French cheeses with individual dressings should not be missed.

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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
  • Closed for dinner: 25 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Jean-Philippe Blondet, Thibault Hauchard, Alberto Gobbo

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Contemporary, Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30: 1010
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £65
  • 3-course dinner from: £100
  • Tasting menu from: £140
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

Getting here

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Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch
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