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|Address:||The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1K 1QA|
|Tel:||020 3641 8324|
|Price: £97.00||Wine: £40.00||Champagne: £85.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Fri 12N-1.30pm Tues-Sat 6.30-9.30pm|
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Three michelin star prices, but not quite a three michelin star experience.
The room is decorated in a pleasing way, although the room has a dividing wall running through it which breaks up the ambience somewhat. Each table comes with a procelain vegetable centre piece and rather dainty pink napkins.
Before you order, little savoury beignets arrive, which are dangerously more-ish. Off to a good start then, but the food that followed was good-to-very-good but not extraordinary. Our starters were Ducasse's speciality of lobster and chicken with pasta, which was excellent, and a dish of snails which was also delicious.
For main course we both had the fillet of beef with a rossini side. It was a very nice piece of beef, well cooked, but that is really all it was. Not very memorable. But the biggest shock of the night came when I ordered cheese. THERE IS NO CHEESE BOARD!! Instead, they bring you a tray that looks like something from a BA flight to Benidorm with 4 pieces of deeply ordinary pre-cut cheese. No choice. How can a three star French restaurant have no cheese board??
Desserts were light and pleasing. The trio of apple was the star.
Wine list was punishingly expensive. Service was good without being intrusive. All in all an enjoyable evening but very expensive and not as memorable as I'd expected.