Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester Hotel is one of only two restaurants in London by the decorated French chef, and the only hotel restaurant in the capital to boast three Michelin stars. His restaurants around the world are some of the most praised among critics and diners alike, and his first London outpost, opened in 2007, is no different. Promising contemporary French cuisine to the highest standard, silver service, and a glamorous setting within which to enjoy it all, it’s a gourmet experience you’re unlikely to forget.
The tone of the restaurant is elegant and clean making use of leather, wood, and cotton in neutral tones. The design team at Jouin Manku drew inspiration from classic British features, as well as the nearby Hyde Park, to create a space tailored to its Mayfair home. The show-stopping centre piece is an oval curtain of 4,500 fibre optics that glisten like jewels. While it may just look like an art piece, inside it Table Lumière is the restaurant’s private dining space seating up to seven guests, offering a shielded space that still picks up the surrounding atmosphere of the restaurant. Guests in this bubble of luxury can even choose their preferred Hermès crockery from which to enjoy their meal from.
Executive chef Jean-Philippe Blondet brings Ducasse’s culinary vision to life through the à la carte and tasting menus that draw on French classics such as duck confit, sauté lobster, and Cointreau soufflé using seasonal British and French ingredients. The wine selection is overseen by Gérard Margeon, Wine Director of Ducasse Paris, and four highly-skilled sommeliers are on hand to offer expert recommendations.
Ducasse began his life in food in the 80s and over his career has won 21 Michelin stars, become the first chef to have three-star awarded restaurants in three different cities, and in 2013 he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List by British magazine, Restaurant.