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|Address:||The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL|
|Tel:||020 3544 1654|
|Price: £117.00||Wine: £40.00||Champagne: £68.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Fri 12N-2pm 6.30-9.30pm Sat 11am-2.30pm 6.30-9.30pm|
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What an amazing meal. The sumptuous surroundings of the Connaught are the perfect backdrop to a dining experience that is second to none. Helene Darroze and her team produced an experience that my partner and I will remember for a long time to come. After a friendly greeting and welcome glass of bubbles the amuse bouche told us we were in for a treat. Spanish ham cut off the bone in the restaurant with a Parmesan donut and a volute to die for got our taste buds screaming for more. We both chose the full Inspiration Menu, 9 taster dishes, all beautifully introduced by young and very knowledgeable waiters. The whole menu has a theme of real food with natural ingredients sourced from South West France and the UK blended in a sublime manner that blew us away. The tuna in a white garlic and almond sauce was divine; the terrine of foie gras was moist and perfectly matched with figs and jelly. The ravioli with ham and snails was moreish and the black and creamy rice with calamari and chorizo was the best dish yet. The creamy mariniere of mussels, girolles and spinach was more memorable than the sea bass on top if only for the amazing perfume of ginger and lemongrass that provided a real zing to the dish. The venison done three ways was superb and went perfectly with the Pommard I chose to accompany the meal. A cheese course of three cheeses with very appropriate accompaniments was highlighted with some organic creamy Stilton that just melted in the mouth. We are both not great fans of pineapple but the next dish of pineapple chunks, ice cream, lemon jelly and curry powder (yes curry powder) was outstanding. The final dish of chocolate creams, sorbets, sauces and cake was remarkable and we were both ready to fly the flag of surrender, we never made it to the petit fours and had to ask for a doggy bag or we would have burst. We had glasses each of an excellent Pully fuisse and the Pommard was an excellent choice for most of the dishes. Our only complaint if we can call it that was that at times it felt like a relentless succession of dishes and the occasional break would have been nice. Neither of us are American so time to savour each dish would have been nice and we calculated 11 mins per dish before it was all over. The portions were very generous and all in all it was excellent and hard to fault. Without question it was on a par with Gordon Ramsey’s at Hospital Road and the Waterside inn at Bray. Helene Darrozze deserves her place at the Connaught and watch out the old guard there is definitely a new kid on the block!