Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
“Classic dishes from a French master” - AA Inspector
LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's View
The notion of the maître cuisinier overseeing a flotilla of exclusive dining rooms across the known world may seem a little forbidding in these straitened times, but it remains a powerful exemplar of what aspirational restaurateuring is about. Alain Ducasse undoubtedly fits the model to a T, and The Dorchester makes a suitably grand setting for the London iteration of his culinary practice. It's an understated space, let it be said, elegant enough to be sure, but essentially pitched at the neutral end of the spectrum, the pierced curvilinear screen that shields the entrance distantly suggesting British post-war abstract sculpture. The kitchen here is the preserve of Jean-Philippe Blondet, who supervises a menu that remains a beacon of constancy in a changing culinary landscape. These are dishes burnished to a high degree of accomplishment through long acquaintance, from the crab tourteau with celeriac and caviar, through medallion of farmhouse veal and sweetbreads with carrots, to the rum-laced babas to finish. That is not to suggest that the menu doesn't develop – look to Anjou pigeon with aubergine and lemon balm for a peek into the unfamiliar. The Menu Jardin vegetarian six-courser may be a pleasant surprise in the context. The quartet of French cheeses with individual dressings should not be missed.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 82
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 1
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 20
- Cuisine style: Contemporary, Modern French
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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