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Printed menus are a thing of the past at The Connaught’s grand dining room; instead, diners select dishes from a solitaire board with ingredient names written on white marbles. It’s a “bizarre” but playful touch typical of the way that this restaurant has become ever more comfortable in its own skin since French star Hélène Darroze arrived in 2007. The reinvented interior still screams “classic fine dining” with its Victorian wood panelling, plaster mouldings, “sumptuous” jewel-coloured fabrics and staff with thick Gallic accents, but the kitchen prepares luxury ingredients with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern. Our asparagus ravioli dotted with blobs of Ricotta and morels could not have been fresher or more flavourful, while cauliflower whipped with sea urchin proved a rich, creamy delight. There are welcome touches from Darroze’s native Landes too: peerless foie gras terrine, Bayonne ham sliced at the table and a trolley of Armagnacs. By contrast, the Saturday brunch/buffet is “pure belly-busting bliss”.

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  1. Really, I didn’t need nine courses.  It was sheer piggery.  I could have had six courses and really, I should have done, but you know how it is and to use the famous quote, I can resist everything except temptation...
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  1. Time moves in a hazy fashion here, you feel instantly rested, like you’ve just walked into a spa for a day of bliss. The luxurious and plush interiors, rich dark wood, and roaring log fire all work to give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, whilst the uber professional yet smiley staff immediately fill you with confidence.

    Then, as if by magic, the champagne trolley wheels its way towards your table...
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  1. The Connaught is a prestigious five star hotel nestled in a quiet corner of Mayfair Village and is home to the two Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze restaurant. Each Saturday, in the dark wood panelled restaurant with carpeted floor and Damien Hirst originals, you will find a feast available in the form of a buffet brunch. Or as I like to refer to it, 'two Michelin-starred all-you-can-eat'. Yes, you heard correctly. I suspect this needs no further sell. But indulge me...
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  1. Published : Friday, 20 December 2013

    The Food Judge :: Helene Darroze at The Connaught. Luxury.

    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...
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  1. Rather than buy each other rubbish presents we’ll never use, each year my sister and I go out for a nice lunch as our Christmas present to each other. As the designated foodie (I hate that word) it’s always my decision to choose somewhere amazing. Last year Rhodes 24 atop of Tower 42 in the City was a total disappointment so this year the pressure was on to prove I know something (anything) about restaurants.

    I decided to take us to two Michelin starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught hotel. It’s a beautiful hotel and I’ve been to the restaurant before so thought it would be a safe bet – and on the whole...
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  1. Hélène Darroze divides her time between her new restaurant in Moscow, as well as Paris and London – so the waitress told us. But right at that moment, she was in her native Basque Country. One look across the menu and it’s clear to see that showcasing Southwest French produce is an important part of her style. And while Basque flavours and combinations are a constant theme across here cooking, many British products take centre stage too. It’s the mix of these magnificent products, with high-level technique that creates the wonderful Darroze experience.

    The panelled dining room is decorated with beautiful...
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Private Dining at Helene Darroze at The Connaught

Sommelier’s Table
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.

The Carlos Room
This bright room is situated on the ground floor with direct access from the hotel lobby.

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The Carlos Room 20

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Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

Three generations of the Darroze family were chefs at their restaurant in Landes, but Hélène – a business graduate – didn’t follow suit until Alain Ducasse persuaded her out of the office at Le Louis XV in Monaco and into the kitchen. She now commutes across the Channel, maintaining standards at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London and Restaurant Hélène Darroze in Paris (the former has two Michelin stars, the latter now has one).

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  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Mayfair Oxford Street
  • Price: £117.00
  • Wine: £40.00
  • Champagne: £68.00
  • Lunch: £30/38/45/52/92/125 (2/3/4/3/5/7 courses)
  • Dinner: £92/125/125 (5/7/9 courses)

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