Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

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Hélène Darroze at The Connaught is the legendary hotel’s flagship restaurant and it continues to live up to its two-Michelin-starred credentials, with effortlessly efficient staff overseeing the cosseting wood-panelled dining room. The food bears all the hallmarks of Darroze’s signature style – artisan ingredients, beautiful presentation and pinpoint cooking with subtle eclectic nuances. Flavours and textures sing throughout, from the soft folds of Bayonne ham delivered as an appetiser to sweet strawberries topped with fragrant basil and olive-oil Chantilly for dessert. Elsewhere, grouse carries North African ras-el-hanout spicing balanced by the sweetness of dates, and velvety cubes of Wagyu beef are served with crispy puffs of potato laced with truffle for a thoroughly decadent take on steak-frites. Wine pairings chosen by a team of talented sommeliers make Hélène Darroze at The Connaught an oenophile’s delight, and there’s a huge selection of vintage bottles from top producers on the pricey list. 

 

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Other Awards
Two michelin stars
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Dinner Formula: £60

From: 4 January, 2019
To: 30 June, 2019
Max: 2
Dinner Formula (£60): The choice of 3 products including the choice of 2 glasses of wine, a bottle of water, tea or coffee. Dinner Formula is available from Monday to Friday except bank holidays, Valentine’s day and the month of December. It is subject to availability.
Availability: Mon-Fri 6:30PM-6:30PM

Location for Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

0203 147 7200

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Opening Times of Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Lunch
Mon: 12:00-14:00
Tue: 12:00-14:00
Wed: 12:00-14:00
Thu: 12:00-14:00
Fri: 12:00-14:00
Sat: 12:00-14:00
Sun: 12:00-14:00
Dinner
Mon: 18:30-21:30
Tue: 18:30-21:30
Wed: 18:30-21:30
Thu: 18:30-21:30
Fri: 18:30-21:30
Sat: 18:30-21:30
Sun: 18:30-21:30

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21 Reviews 
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Mr. Mike B

The best meal ever...
22 December 2018  
Simply the best meal I have ever eaten, anywhere, any time. Genuinely exquisite cooking and the 5-course concept enables the chef to really showcase her skills.
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Ms/Mrs. Joanna G

Don't eat the day before!
06 January 2016  
I was treated to a meal here a few years ago and it is one of the most stand out meals I have ever had, but memory fades so I decided to treat my husband to the 3 course Festive Brunch for his birthday. The restaurant is very elegant, the staff are both attentive and discreet. As it was a brunch, the restaurant was never full while we were there, we opted for a late start and planned a long, leisurely meal. To start we had a glass of champagne each (£18), we were then told that when we were ready, to go and choose our "starters" from the salad and charcuterie bar (buffet style, but plated up by a waiter). All of the charcuterie, pâté, salads that we tasted were superb, but the duck terrine was particularly good, served with a lovely basket of bread. You then get to choose a main course from a menu - I opted for the crab cake with salad and my husband chose the "legendary" oxtail and foie gras burger (which he didn't quite finish), both were delicious. I must have told the restaurant that it was my husbands birthday as they appeared with a small lemon, meringue dessert with a candle and then took our photo and presented it to us with a note from Helene, which was a lovely touch. For the third course, you go to the dessert buffet table (we were both pretty full at this point but the waiters were determined to fill us up some more), we went for the smallest slices of that we could see (although they will make waffles and crepes to order with an abundance of toppings). We washed it all down with a lovely bottle of Albarino and then fell into a taxi home to put our feet up. If you combine the quantities of foie gras and the £265 bill, this brunch is not for the faint-hearted, but I would like to think we will visit again....
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Ms/Mrs. Dawn D

Dinner for Two
27 November 2015  
There is only one word to describe this restaurant.....fabulous.... from the moment of arrival to departure it was wonderful. Food scores 10 out of 10 along with the ambiance. Yes it is expensive but it is worth every penny in my opinion and for a special treat it is faultless. We had 5 courses with the wine pairing it each wine was a perfect match to each of the courses. Risotto did have a £45 per head add on for the white truffle and was again amazing, the scallop dish was perfection. I can't wait to visit again
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Ms/Mrs. Jo B

Perfection
28 February 2015  
A delicious lunch for a special occasion. The food was fresh, interesting and exciting whilst the service was impeccable. Although this is fine dining at its very best the service was welcoming and kind, not stuffy and overly formal - even a birthday photo was taken and mounted in a card as a gift as well as a small birthday surprise pudding. Just delightful!
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Ms/Mrs. Monika S

Glam 2 michelin starred saturday brunch
30 October 2014  
The American saturday brunch at Helene Darroze at the Connaught is an experience every lady who lunches must try. This was a 40th birthday treat for a good friend and secretly for me… We had a planned a self-indulgent day of brunch first, then spa treatments in the intimate basement spa and pool of this very glamorous art deco hotel, perfectly poised behind Oxford St. Does life get any better? For about £50 one gets to sample Helene Darroze's finest brunch offerings in a smart London dining room. This is the gourmet buffet to beat all gourmet buffets. One starts with a transparent kettle of smooth sumptuous butternut squash soup, followed by an assortment of light salads accompanied by a superb charcuterie sliced 'a la minute' by an antique Berkel machine. Sometimes a bit of pomp is just the ticket at 11am! There are other home made terrines and plates of deliciousness. At this point we were already slightly stuffed so play the long game here. The next course is cooked and to order and choices include eggs benedict, crab cakes. lobster mac and cheese but I had to choose the almighty 'Connaught' Angus Aberdeen burger with fois gras and onion rings. This was vast, glorious and had a pulled beef sort of consistency, not for the faint hearted. Men would love this dish. Then the buffet of miniature 2- michelin starred desserts, how cute, how delicious, how moreish. Hot waffles are also an option with a melange of creams and sweet sauces. Next, cheese board, unfortunately we failed at this hurdle, game over. We were sated and ready for a food induced coma massage and probably in need of 200 laps of the miniature pool beneath us. Beware, 3 glasses of champers costs a whopping £45 here. This is a fab experience for the girls, or a birthday treat for your partner or bring your mum… pure belly-busting bliss.
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Ms/Mrs. Monika S

Glam 2 michelin starred saturday brunch
30 October 2014  
The American saturday brunch at Helene Darroze at the Connaught is an experience every lady who lunches must try. This was a 40th birthday treat for a good friend and secretly for me… We had a planned a self-indulgent day of brunch first, then spa treatments in the intimate basement spa and pool of this very glamorous art deco hotel, perfectly poised behind Oxford St. Does life get any better? For about £50 one gets to sample Helene Darroze's finest brunch offerings in a smart London dining room. This is the gourmet buffet to beat all gourmet buffets. One starts with a transparent kettle of smooth sumptuous butternut squash soup, followed by an assortment of light salads accompanied by a superb charcuterie sliced 'a la minute' by an antique Berkel machine. Sometimes a bit of pomp is just the ticket at 11am! There are other home made terrines and plates of deliciousness. At this point we were already slightly stuffed so play the long game here. The next course is cooked and to order and choices include eggs benedict, crab cakes. lobster mac and cheese but I had to choose the almighty 'Connaught' Angus Aberdeen burger with fois gras and onion rings. This was vast, glorious and had a pulled beef sort of consistency, not for the faint hearted. Men would love this dish. Then the buffet of miniature 2- michelin starred desserts, how cute, how delicious, how moreish. Hot waffles are also an option with a melange of creams and sweet sauces. Next, cheese board, unfortunately we failed at this hurdle, game over. We were sated and ready for a food induced coma massage and probably in need of 200 laps of the miniature pool beneath us. Beware, 3 glasses of champers costs a whopping £45 here. This is a fab experience for the girls, or a birthday treat for your partner or bring your mum… pure belly-busting bliss.
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Chris R

21 March 2014  
What a fantastic experience! From the meeters-and-greeters, through the attentive bartender (while I was waiting for my guest), to the floor staff and the assistant head sommelier (Mirko Benzo), service was attentive, friendly and fun. Staff are all clearly passionate about what they do and are happy to see us diners enjoying and enthusing about the food and drinks. The food was great, and beautifully presented (as you would expect from a restaurant of this calibre). However, the desserts were mind-bogglingly good! Beautifully prepared, balanced and inventive. Petit fours were a real highlight too. All hand made on site and presented in a fun way. Coffee options were varied and well thought out, which is nice to see as this course can often (even in the best restaurants) be something of an afterthought. Wine matches were well thought out, explained well and really enhanced the overall experience. Cannot recommend this place enough…
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Mr. Alex G

Two stars mostly justified
13 December 2013  
Expectations run pretty high when visiting a restaurant with two Michelin stars and while the food at Helene Darroze utterly merited such an accolade, the service was disappointing and could be worked upon. The experience here is all about classic French dining in a luxurious setting. This is not for the young or trendy (or for those without deep pockets) and indeed the atmosphere at lunch was somewhat akin to hushed reverence. Whether this was a function of the clientele (mostly suits or well-heeled ladies who lunch) or the attitude imparted by the waiting staff was not clear, but I have certainly dined in many livelier locations. The attitude of the staff did indeed border slightly on the supercilious, almost suggesting that we – the diners – should be grateful for participating in this culinary experience. Against this background, one should certainly not expect to be brought the wrong bottle of wine or to have to wait inordinately long for the bill, having requested its twice. Despite these quibbles, however, the food (and wine – when it eventually arrived correctly) were absolutely stand-out. Our party of five all opted for the set lunch menu, offering a choice of three starters, mains and desserts. My oven-roast multi-coloured beetroots served along with wasabi-seasoned ricotta was both beautifully presented and executed with harmonious balance and flavour composition. My dining comrades were similarly pleased with their squash ravioli and venison gravlax options. The starters set the tone for the mains and my piece of beef was amazingly tender and paired with one of the richest and luxurious sauces I have ever sampled. Although the wine list was dauntingly large and would have better perused on an iPad (per Gordon Ramsey’s initiative and yet something the sommelier at the Connaught witheringly dismissed as a possibility), we found some lovely and reasonably well-priced options to pair with the food, a white from the Maconnais and a superb 2005 Leeuwin Estate Cab-Merlot from Western Australia. The sign of a good meal is undoubtedly when one is comfortably satisfied but not bloated by its conclusion and this fortunately proved the case here. Notwithstanding the wait for the bill, things ended on a high note: wonderful coffee from a dedicated menu (beans from locations as diverse as Honduras and Hawaii – although at £5, probably one of the most expensive espressos around) served along with a selection of chocolates/ sweets interestingly presented in old-style jars from a trolley. Small cakes to take away too was a nice final touch.
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Ms/Mrs. JUNKO H

nice
19 October 2013  
very nice lunch and good value for birthday , enjoyed a lot with friend
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Ms/Mrs. Matt P

25 July 2012  
They've been serving Saturday brunch here for three years, but relaunched it in April 2012 to “bring it in line with our second Michelin star.” Here's my review in numbers: ? Amount of time spent at brunch: 3.5 glorious hours ? Calories consumed: 5000+ (burger with fresh foie gras was probably 1500 on its own) ? Percentage of dishes eaten out of all on offer: 60% ? Number of very charming waitstaff: 4 ? Number of times they attempted to get us to eat even more: 3 ? Marks for service I would have given them if only they'd warned me the glass of champagne wasn't free: 10 ? Ratio of diners to covers: 30% ? Price: £55pp + 12.5% service ? Number of different vintages on the armagnac trolley: 24 ? Likelihood of a return visit once I've lost weight: 100%
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