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‘Let them eat Landes foie gras’ might be Hélène Darroze’s cry as she presides over The Connaught’s flagship restaurant like some latter-day French queen. With two Michelin stars tied to her apron,
she isn’t afraid to lavish her guests with faraway flavours as well as potent ingredients from her provincial home turf. Expect luxury, richness, complexity and dynamism in every department: a
confit of the aforementioned foie gras with cacao powder, William pear chutney, jelly and gingerbread crumble; Lough Neagh eel with roasted ceps, Périgord walnuts, pink garlic soup and parsley jus;
or roast saddle of fallow deer with Vietnamese wild pepper, celeriac mousseline, quince, Grand-Veneur sauce and Stilton Chantilly. Meanwhile, the stately dining room’s gold trim, fabric-covered
chairs and oak-panelled sobriety make it absolutely perfect for one of those ‘because you’re worth it’ moments. Service applies exactly the right amount of hush-hush civility, while the commodious
French-accented wine list is loaded with vinous treasures at wincing prices.
For some reason Hélène Darroze at The Connaught isn’t wildly popular. Perhaps it isn’t edgy enough, or perhaps it’s because it’s in an hotel, but, whatever the reason, I’m very glad, because it means that I can often get a table at short notice. Not that this is a short notice sort of place.It’s very wood panelling and plush, with big comfy chairs and large cushions. No music. A mixture of modern and traditional with original wood panelling here, a few modern lights there and a subtle Damien Hirst (I know) taking pride of place in the area where we were seated. It’s a good-sized room made cosy by strategically-placed pieces of furniture, so it doesn’t feel particularly hotel dining room-y. A great maître d’ and friendly knowledgeable staff, to me this is a celebration restaurant. And I am celebrating having got through the year with only five bulging discs and moderate level of anxiety. Result...
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Located in the hotel’s atmospheric wine cellar, this private room can hold a maximum of eight guests. The room's dedicated chef and the hotel's sommelier work together to create a special tasting menu with matching wines, which they serve to guests at the table. Guests can also expect a tour of the cellar and a souvenir menu or gift.
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