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Superstar chef Alain Ducasse needs no introduction – and you’re unlikely to get one, since he’s not in residence at this three-Michelin-starred outpost of his global gastro-empire. No matter, for his brand of beautifully crafted, impossibly refined contemporary French cuisine is faultlessly rendered by executive chef Jocelyn Herland. The Dorchester isn’t everyone’s cup of tea these days, but the Ducasse flagship is relatively understated – super-smart, dignified and watched over by a brigade of staff who win high praise. Of course, the kitchen never stints on the luxuries: duck foie gras with cherries and almonds is a typically top-end starter, along with a ‘sauté gourmand’ of lobster with truffled chicken quenelles and homemade pasta (which incurs a £10 supplement). To follow, rib and belly of Denbighshire pork appears with a warm salad of pig’s ear and tongue, while desserts include an ‘out of this world’ caramel soufflé. It’s ferociously expensive, but habitués reckon the experience is ‘worth every single penny – well, almost’.

Wine List of the Year Sommelier's Award Finalist

The French-dominated list at Alain Ducasse is an impressive sight. All the big names are here, with a strong line-up from Burgundy in particular, both red and white. The collection of sweet wine is also worth a mention: how many other restaurants boast more than 20 vintages of Château d’Yquem?


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  1. Published : Thursday, 29 May 2014

    Nomface :: Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London

    Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester was my first 3 Michelin star experience. Set in Park Lane in the grand Dorchester Hotel where it was evident that the clientele enjoyed the finer things in life. The restaurant is accessed halfway down the long tea room; it felt a bit strange waltzing through the area past people enjoying lunch and afternoon tea to get to the restaurant. The dining room was larger than I expected, even with spaced out tables. The dining room is elegant and impressive, it is dominated by a centerpiece curtain of Swarovki crystals which surrounds a private dining table.

    Alain Ducasse is a multiple holder of Michelin Stars, too many to count in fact and his trusted Executive Chef at the Dorchester is Jocelyn Herland who oversaw the restaurant when it achieved 3 Michelin stars in 2010. The standard has remained consistently high which has seen the restaurant keep all of its stars intact to date...
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Private Dining at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Salon Park Lane

This room is bathed in natural light and seats up to 30 guests. Room hire for lunch is £350 and dinner £750.

Salon Privé

A very private alcove that seats up to 12 guests. Room hire is £200.

Table Lumière

The centrepiece of the restaurant which is nearly screened from view, yet offers the ambience and buzz of the restaurant for the guests' enjoyment. Lunch offers the a la carte, tasting and seasonal menu. For dinner, the tasting and seasonal menu is available. Room hire is £200.



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Table Lumière 6
Salon Privé 12
Salon Park Lane 30

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Alain Ducasse

French culinary heavyweight and empire builder Alain Ducasse returned to the capital at the end of 2007 to launch his eponymous restaurant at the Dorchester, securing ex-Marco Pierre White chef Jocelyn Herland to head up the kitchen. At first, the restaurant received distinctly mixed reviews & missed out on a Michelin star in 2008. However, Ducasse's formidable background clearly counts for something, since he scooped two Michelin stars the following year, and added a precious third in 2010.

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