Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

4.6
596 reviews
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£41 and over
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French
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An unforgettable experience awaits you at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, as you're reacquainted with the joys and pleasures of eating well. Already proud of two Michelin stars, Hélène Darroze was named the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef 2015.

Hélène's culinary philosophy is inspired by the famously generous hospitality of her native South West France, and her cooking is steeped in the belief that exceptional food is a route to happiness.

Her network of exclusive suppliers delivers exquisite ingredients from field, farmyard and ocean, and Hélène combines them with uncompromising passion and skill. For Hélène, food is never less than deeply personal. This is true cuisine d'auteur; individual and original, the product of the singular creative vision of a supremely talented chef.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday
Lunch 12 noon - 2pm
Dinner 6.30pm-10pm

Sunday
Lunch 12 noon-3pm
Dinner 6.30pm-9pm
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Phone number
020 3147 7200
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Hélène Darroze
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Special Events & Promotions
Kindly note that our Lunch and Dinner Formula are available only from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays); over the weekend we will offer our extensive A La Carte menu.
Please note that, during December, we will be serving a three-course seasonal lunch menu every weekday at £55 per person (exclusive of beverages).

Credit card details are required to secure all dinner and weekend reservations; also weekday lunch reservations from 3 guests and above. If you would cancel within 24 hours of the booking, you are liable for a cancellation or no show fee. You will be contacted by a member of our reservations team in order to obtain credit card details to secure the reservation. Please note that the card will not be charged.

In the interests of all our customers, we are unable to accommodate babies and young children aged six and under.

Please note that we currently do not take OpenTable dining cheques.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Grand Siècle Experience Menu: 5 courses £135 per person

From a set menu, includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle per person. Restaurant terms and conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00 18:30-21:00
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:00 18:30-22:00

Dinner Formula: £55

Dinner formular (£55): The choice of 3 products (1 starter, 1 main and 1 dessert); Including the choice of 2 glasses of wine from the list, a bottle of water and tea or coffee. Matured fine seasonal cheeses (supplement £22).

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 2 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 2 people

Starts: 31 May 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 18:30-18:30

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun - Thu 12:00PM - 2:00PM 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM

What 596 People Are Saying
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SJ
London
79 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helene Darroze is the most amazing restaurant - understated elegance, exceptional service, elegantly presented food (that also tastes delicious) - and the formula set menu they do for 2 @ 18:30 also makes it the best value in town... unbeatable if you’re looking to make someone feel special!

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant with outstanding service. The venue is classy and cosy.

On the downside, the starters were quite ordinary and tasteless and the glass of champagne was overpriced.

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r
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating here. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and both the food and service were exemplary. The set lunch is very good value for money. We will certainly go again soon.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch food, wine and service. An excellent anniversary lunch. Couldn’t fault a thing.

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D
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, great food and top level of service. Was a big birthday and a great choice.
The only downside is the abundance of supplements! Just no need for them (wagyu beef excluding). The standard menu is priced right for a London two star, but the supplements just aren’t warrented for the dishes they represent. Didn’t spoil our meal, but put a taint on the restaurants name.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best. Exceptional in all respects.

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OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The lamb was exquisite but the size too small !!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb throughout !! Will be back 👌🏻

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h
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a dining experience. The service is impeccable - elegant and not intrusive - what service should be everywhere else. The food is outstanding - so many layers of flavor in each bite! The ambiance is extraordinary - a beautifully appointed restaurant. Do not visit London and miss dining at Helen Darroze. Make your reservations early as it understandably becomes quickly committed.

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MM
London
55 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent (again!). Having made the "mistake" last time of going for the 7 course option we sensibly stuck to the 5 course option with premium wine pairing. The restaurant was notably noisy at the start of our meal with what sounded like building work going on and lots of group tables but that volume soon died down. Service was impeccable and the wine selection was delicious. The supplements for some of our dishes were steep (e.g., £110 for the Wagyu) but the Wagyu dish in particular was incredible. It was a lovely way to celebrate my partner's birthday.

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ZA
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Elegant atmosphere. The food was a bit of a disappointment honestly, good but not great.

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4
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful lunch with efficient but unobtrusive service. The set lunch is excellent value and offers a good choice, however the supplements on some dishes are a little hefty and therefore off putting.
All in all though - lovely.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant! Wonderful taste! Perfect size portions. Excellent service!

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Anniversary lunch. Staff Greta and thoughtful.

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best business lunch deal in London - amazing food and place

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JM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful gastronomic experience very well worthwhile.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb night out. Food was v good - on part with other Michelin starred establishments- but the service was outstanding. We were made to feel v welcome despite the grand setting, there were several thoughtful touches throughout the evening, and the staff were ever-present yet never intrusive. Made our anniversary feel special and we are grateful for that.

Would also flag that there are ample options for vegetarians and the "choose your ingredients" concept is fun.

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IK
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not out first visit so that speaks volumes. A wonderful location for a special meal or occasion. Good atmosphere, in beautiful wood panelled dining room with attentive staff and excellent food and wine. Although limited choice on reduced menu, everything prepared and served with meticulous care. Could not fault. Will return again.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my girlfriend for celebrating the Chinese Valentine’ Day. I sent an email several days before the dinner asking them to help me prepare a flower for my girlfriend, and they replied really quick and was really nice and friendly. My girlfriend was surprised and love the rose really much. The experience with the restaurant was unforgotable!

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M
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rather creative presentation( inspired by Japanese cuisine perhaps). Good food( can be less salty though). Service is attentive yet unobtrusive. Good value for money.

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F
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

My top tip if you are dining here is take your coat and bags with you to the table. It is not clear if they have any system for keeping track of coats but when I asked for mine it set them off a ten minute tour of various locations around the hotel lobby, in the course of which I was offered someone else's plastic version from behind the concierge, before I joined the hunt and tracked it down in the men's cloakroom, on the same hanger as someone else's pink jacket. They parted with it reluctantly, and without an apology. As a consequence of the delay we missed our train by 2 minutes and had to wait another hour at Waterloo station. That rather took the edge off the experience.

Before that the food was pretty good. Helene Darroze seems to go for strong flavours, but the foie gras was curiously bland. Much better was the scallop with tandoori spices and carrot puree which was a lovely combination of flavours and then the red mullet stuffed with shrimps. Meanwhile, my wife liked the cod. The lamb dish for me was less successful: the lamb itself was tender but I found the mint flavour a bit too strong. I had a taste of my wife's chocolate dessert and it had a very strong coffee flavour and whilst she enjoyed it I was glad I chose the apricot. The various accompaniments, particularly the ham from the Pyrenees, were first class.

Service in the restaurant itself was excellent. Shame about the end.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!

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A
London
55 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine at the restaurant

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a
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

very good experience there to catch up friends. Great service and friendly staff . The only issue is the food is a little bit saulty, but will still recommended!

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e
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I really liked the place and the service and some of the dishes, although for a couple of them I probably expected a little more. Great wine list and impressive Armagnac selection.

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TT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The 3 course meal is just a bargain, great food for reasonable price. I would totally recommend it.

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RY
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Often second time experiences are a bit of a letdown. Case in point Marcus. Helene Darroze was not - in fact it was better this on this occasion celebrating a birthday - thank you all.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have been better. Everything was perfect and we shall be dining there again!

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FG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I invited my fiance to Helene's restaurant for his 30th. I had listened to Helene speaking in an interview with a French Food Critic and was curious to discover her cuisine.
The atmosphere is very cosy and the decoration very nice. The clients attending are not particularly dressed up as they are often client to the hotel. We made quite an effort anyway.
We ordered the 5 course menu and that was more than enough as French cuisine, even in small portions, is quite rich and we were served quite a lot of little amuse bouches.
We also ordered some wine by the glass, a glass of champagne, a very nice Chablis and a Rioja which were all insanely good and among the cheapest from the very prestigious wine list.
Regarding the food itself, as we are both French, we were quite used to the type of meals served to us so they were no real surprise. The only real surprise was the small pre-desert bread ice cream with a layer of blackcurrant and blueberries which was absolutely delicious as well as creative and reminded me of old childhood breakfast/toast memories.
The terrine de foie gras was quite nice but I was expecting proper foie gras with a stronger taste. The scottish scallop with a tandoori sauce was the best meal we had, the cooking was perfect, the meat was very tender and firm. Overall very nice dressing and sauces with a nice lemony touch. Maybe a little too much salt sometimes but my fiance didn't think so.
The staff was very nice, quite a lot of French speakers.
Overall a very nice traditional and high standard French dinner.

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B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good value once 2 glasses of wine, water and coffee are factored into the lunch set menu.

Beautifully crafted food, very attentive and knowledgable service. Take home gift was a nice touch I have not seen before.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A superb experience: excellent food, brilliant service and the £55 lunch deal is great value for money.

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JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing diner with my wife! The ‘game’ of choosing the plates is stunning and the tasting is awesome... what an experience! Thank you to the team and to the Chef.
We wanted to try everything and the 7 courses menu is a must.

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L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was superb at Helene Darroze. Standouts were the cod with cauliflower three ways (exceptional—the most memorable dish I’ve had in years), and the baba for dessert was divine. Our dinner was marred by inconsiderate tourists at the next table who were on their phones throughout the meal, even playing shooter video games with sound at one point. It was a relief when the manager asked them to tone it down or leave.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Should enforce a dress code. There was a guest wearing shorts, trainers and a tee shirt. Not appropriate for a fine dining restaurant.

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BL
London
70 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fact that I've come back so quickly speaks for itself. I brought my children here because I'd had such a good time with two other friends. Something about the whole dance of service and food here is very beguiling. The dining room is beautiful, the attention you receive is wonderful but very natural and the descriptiosn you are given of everything that you're eating is quite entrancing. It's all done with a great deal of charm. Of course the supplement for wagyu beef at £125 is absolutely bonkers. Who would select an option that is twice the price of the actual meal? That seems completely daft and slightly irritating. However lunch at £55 for three courses doesn't feel excessive, especially since there are two glasses of wonderful wine included and tea and coffee. The expense starts if you add other drinks to this of course. I'd still heartily recommend it.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This lunch was truly phenomenal. The staff at the restaurant were lovely and accomodating. As good as dinner at La Pergola in Rome.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints - always a good meal here. Food is amazing as per usual, service is attentive yet doesn't make you feel pressured. Ordered the 7 courses for dinner and left feeling super full and satisfied. Especially loved the scallops - scallops were very big and the tandoori sauce gives an interesting twist to the the scallops. The pea ravioli (?) with crayfish and the dover sole with white asparagus were so good as well. Would 100% recommend!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible

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FD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible experience from start to finish. The wait staff were excellent, they anticipated our every need but did not hover needlessly around our table. The food was exceptional, beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. Would recommend a thousand times over and will certainly be back!

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Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food had the formula terrific value would eat here every week if I lived in London positively perfect in every way

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