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The combination of three Michelin stars, a revered chef-patron and standard-setting hotel luxe is, of course, catnip to lovers of fine dining. But you don’t have to be an obsessive to be seduced by Alain Ducasse’s London presence, which is maintained in admirable style by chef Jean-Philippe Blondet and a team of peerless staff. As they cater to whims you didn’t even know you had, a classic, formal experience unfolds. Luxury is here in silver spades, but deep flavours, gorgeous sauces and high-end ingredients are delivered with unusual sprightliness – as in raw and cooked wild mushrooms with a pesto of tender herbs or saddle of venison with coffee sauce, sweet parsnip and peanut (“a match made in heaven”). The ‘sauté gourmand’ of lobster with chicken quenelles and homemade pasta enjoys iconic status, while desserts include London’s lightest baba au rhum, as well as a ‘contemporary’ vacherin with exotic fruits. Three courses take no prisoners, and wine prices hit a steep upward curve – although enamoured customers would pay many times over for such fine French cossetting.  

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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane ,London W1K 1QA

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An experience, not just a meal

by   platinum reviewer (203)

Jan 2017

As one of only two spots in London and four in the UK that hold three Michelin stars (the others being Gordon Ramsey, the Fat Duck and the Waterside Inn), expectations run pretty high prior to a visit to the Dorchester. Once you’ve fought your way past the throngs of wealthy tourists in the lobby, the restaurant itself feels like an oasis of calm, serene furnishings and a view onto the greenery of Hyde Park. Dining here was undoubtedly an experience, an exercise in superlative service, presentation...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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Judgment reserved

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Nov 2016

It can be a rewarding experience, lunching at Alain Ducasse. Although relatively infrequent visitors, the history had been done and we were greeted like old friends, and the standard of the front of house staff, under the auspices of Damien Pepin was as high as ever. It was our first acquaintance with the new chef, and, naturally, we wanted to try his cuisine and determine whether it was a more traditional house style or perhaps something more in keeping with current trends, and in keeping with the...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Just fabulous

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Dec 2015

Editor's pick Just fabulous! We are very close to finalising our long list of restaurants to return to, and so the raison d'être of our exploratory reviews is all but eliminated. The fact that most of the entries on our list are in London is a true reflection of the situation in the UK and not just because we have not tried places elsewhere in the country. Up there with the very best is Alain Ducasse, with the best "unknown" chef in Britain in the person of Jocelyn Herland, some of the best...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Perfection guaranteed

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Apr 2015

It is somehow easier to review a poor meal. When it is as superlatively good as this you have to search for more and more superlatives to describe the consistently brilliant showcasing of ingredients cooked classically, without resort to theatrics or scientific trickery but with a modern twist which never loses sight of the fact that making the simple stunning requires great talent. The dining room exudes luxury and creates the expectation of something classy, and the expert, seamless, unobtrusive...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Superlative dining experience

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Nov 2014

As we had read recently that there were doubters concerning Alain Ducasse's 3-star status we decided to put these doubts to the test and take advantage of the bargain lunch menu. We were seated at a table with a good view across the generous dining room and confirmed that we wanted the set menu. The canapés were goujons, light, delicately cheesy and piled high, and we reasoned that to accompany these 3-star goodies top-class fizz was called for, so we asked for what we thought was the best...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Big hitter

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Oct 2014

'Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester' , just saying this with a french accent gets me excited! I was lucky enough to receive a hefty contribution from Squaremeal (thank you) for this 3 michelin starred temple of gourmet cuisine. At £500 for the total bill, including a moderate amount of alcohol, this place is for those who have a swiss bank account or want to splash out on a v. special occasion. One enters through the glamorous foyer of the Dorchester, flanked by Aston Martins and Bentleys...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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Jul 2014

As we know, London is somewhat Michelin obsessed – every where we turn we seem to be spoilt with an array of top Michelin starred establishments. I recently was lucky enough to visit Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, a triple starred Michelin starred restaurant in the capital… Triple I hear you cry! Yes. Now, for over eye watering £150 a head, the question is, was it really worth it? It is, for one thing, an incredible dining room, with a modern touch which you perhaps wouldn't expect in The Dorchester. The...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 6

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Apr 2014

As a regular at The Dorchester (that's not me largeing it – it just happens to be my business partner's preferred meeting place), I must have walked past Alain Ducasse many times without giving it a second thought until a client mentioned that it was one of only two London restaurants to have 3 Michelin stars. Thus, I took my wife there for her birthday and what a treat it was. My aforementioned business partner organised the ‘private’ table which is slightly to one side of the room but encircled...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Jan 2013

Editor's pick Always a bit torn in two about this place. When first there (soon after opening) I felt it was a complete disaster and never wanted to return. Following their rise through the michelin stars I went back (at the time they had received 2 stars) and was blown away by the fantastic top-notch french haute cuisine offered. On my last visit (now they have 3 stars) I thought that while the quality of the food couldn't be faulted it lacked originality and was just “very good food” but not exceptional – and...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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Dec 2012

Great food, excellent service poor atmosphere. If you love food GO! If you love service GO! If you love wine GO! The best aspect of the evening is they did not want myself and my wife to leave. They kept on serving us wonderful treats. A top restaurant making you feel wanted! Brilliant. Worth every single penny! Well most of the pennies anyway. Will we GO back – well of course ! Oh would love to share with you the best table number but I'll keep that for myself … Sorry.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 8

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Alain Ducasse & Jean-Philippe Blondet

Alain Ducasse head chef 2016

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, working with Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet 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.

Essential Details for Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Mayfair oxford street
  • Price: £97.00
  • Wine: £40.00
  • Champagne: £85.00
  • Lunch: £60 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £100/120/140/180 (3/4/7/7)
  • Private Dining: 7,12,30

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