Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

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573 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 Formula is 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

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

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Always a pleasure to dine at the restaurant

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 29 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 10 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 3 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Incredible

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

We had the chicken lunch menu. Amazing food based around the chicken. Excellent staff in a very comfortable opulent room. Not cheap of course but everything is perfect.

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4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Excellent dinner but very concerned about price structure for single glass wind 2x Sav Blanc £36 per glass 1x Chat du Pape £60 1x good ted £70 per single small glass... Mask got caught with usual Lon 12.5% serv charge then left another 13% as dud not see it!! So great place needs to address charging issues...

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Excellent meal and service

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Excellent as always, Helene Darroze at the Connaught continues to consistently serve high quality French meals in a classic environment.

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Really nice,we will back again

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

What a Michelin two star restaurant should be, in every respect, and what so many are not. The food was delicious (the best pork dish I have ever had anywhere) and beautiful on the plate, the service friendly but coddling, the room gorgeous and elegant. The lunch menu is a bargain, although there are only two choices for each course (with a third at a huge supplement). I would give my meal six stars if I could.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Absolutely fabulous experience. Divine food, friendly, attentive service, great value lunch menu. We will definitely be going back!

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4.0Dined on 29 May 2018

The food and wine were absolutely incredible - best I've tried in my life, and way above even what I had eaten at a 3-star place. Just mind-blowing, every bite and every sip. It even inspired me to write a short piece about it, and I'm a software engineer and have never written a word about food before. The service at the restaurant was also excellent.

My only complaint is that I had asked at the restaurant to give me a copy of the wine pairings so I could buy some of these wines for myself, because they were truly exceptional; they took my email and said they'd send it. They didn't, so I emailed them, and again they said they'd send it, and again didn't. I wrote two more emails and they didn't respond to either of them at all. I am not sure what's going on, but after having paid so much money and having received such world-class food and service at the restaurant, it feels weird to be repeatedly silently ignored over email - not even a "Sorry, we don't do that" response. This is why I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

The food was simply sublime. From the scallop to the sweetbreads to the rhubarb and baba desserts everything was immaculate. The service, if possible was even better. Fabrizio made sure we ordered the best dishes and we had lots of fun and insightful interaction with several members of the team. We have dined all over the World at some of the finest restaurants including Eleven Madison Park in New York and I can say Helene Darroze at The Connaught was at least as good if not better. A wonderful evening of fun and fine dining to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Well done all!

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

We enjoyed this meal more than I can say. The staff were so welcoming and charming. We were celebrating a birthday and we couldn't have had a nicer time. We got a little birthday surprise and a lovely photo to take away! It was such excellent value as well. We had the £55 lunch menu which includes three courses, 2 glasses of wine and tea or coffee. In between courses there were amuse bouche, unexpected little treats, delicious bread and unusual chilli butter, all served with such humour and poise. I had the lobster to start, plump and tender, in a very good garlic broth. Then the duck which was perfectly cooked with a very tasty sauce. The chocolate dessert was rich and intense and my friends thought the rhubarb with lemongrass foam was delicious. We arrived at 1 and left at 4. Not once did we feel rushed or pressured. This is one of the nicest meals I have ever had. We will be back. Having said that, we did all roar with laughter at the £125 Wagyu beef supplement. As if!!

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

One of the best culinary experiences I have gone through. Superb food combined with top standard service.

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3.0Dined on 20 May 2018

The food is bad in the sense of being a two-star

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Such a wonderful setting for a dinner with friends. The staff were fantastic and the food spectacular

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Best meal I’ve eaten. Food was unbelievable, and plentiful - won’t leave hungry. Service was attentive and friendly, and the venue simply stunning.
Hugely recommended

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4.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Option for food was flexible . U can choose whatever u like . Service was good

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Excellent and delicate cuisine and impeccable service. The amuse bouche, pre dessert treat, petit fours and post lunch favors were particularly creative and delicate. Everything we hoped for and more.

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Took my husband here for his birthday. Did not disappoint. Food was as amazing as expected. The menu concept was interesting and fun and we had a great evening.
We’ll be visiting Helene Darroze in Paris soon!

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Great evening at Helene! The food was excellent (with many interesting combinations and treats) and the service superb. Many small details and the special attention were very much appreciated. Even if the setting might look a little traditional; the food, service and staff are definitely not.
Some small omissions (one person had a fish allergy and there was a swap of plates) were also straightened out right away (without even complaining about it).
Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Excellent as usual. We have both been here several times over the last few years and are always impressed. Food is great and service excellent. The inclusive lunch offer with wine, water and coffee is very good value.

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1.0Dined on 7 May 2018

Please don't go to that restaurant, I ordered a £200 menu with wine paring, but waiter gave me many cups of different wines,and then I checked the bill with £500 cost. This is a worst experience.

if you don’t want to be cheated, please do not try.

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1.0Dined on 5 May 2018

obscenely overpriced for what it is. food not that great, gave me gastric problems

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