Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

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Hélène Darroze at The Connaught has closed its doors for a two-month refurbishment led by acclaimed French design house, Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur. Pierre’s aesthetic focuses on bold-re-imaginings of historic spaces, combining the contemporary with luxury materials. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the restaurant is not only undergoing design alterations to the main dining room, but is also incorporating a new “Chef’s Table” and will boast a dedicated Armagnac Room for pre and post dinner drinks and private events. The re-opening, scheduled for September 2019, will showcase a new menu, rooted in Hélène’s culinary style, with a larger focus on British producers and suppliers.
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HH
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous dining experience. A taste sensation in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend the lunch menu/offer. We will definitely be going back!

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Responded on 13 July 2019

Dear HollyH, It is truly delightful to read your kind words about your experience with us. From myself and the entirety of our team we very much look forward to welcoming you back on many more occasions in the future. Kindest regards, Mirko Benzo Restaurant Manager Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

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W
London
64 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I have been several times here. We had the set lunch menu which was very good overall. The wines included were ok but not great. The lobster starter and rhubarb dessert were lovely. The main gurnard dish had a meaty tasting jus which we were not keen on as we don’t eat meat. Service was efficient and friendly.

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Responded on 13 July 2019

Dear Wild44, I would like extend my gratitude to you for taking the time to write about your lunch with us. Please be assured that we have taken your comments on board in regards to the wine and it shall be discussed within our team. I truly hope that you and your husband will allow us the pleasure of having you join us again in the future. Kindest regards, Mirko Benzo Restaurant Manager Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

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RD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The set menu includes wine pairings but they were a little disappointing. I would rather pay less for the food and choose my own wines.

Food was stunning however and lots of lovely treats from the kitchen.

OT
Switzerland
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime!!!!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I choose the discovery menu 5 courses and fifty percent of the items where extra payment and choices were limited
Total bill came to 940 pounds for 2 people with one bottle of champagne and 3 cocktails
I’m a regular eater in London’s best restaurants and my normal bill is 300-400 pounds on the high side so for me this is first and last time visiting this restaurant
Also I was surprised how empty the restaurant was compared to others and I suppose now I know the reason

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was terrible - very high salt content

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother and I celebrated my 30th birthday here. This is also my mother's first visit to London. Because we marked my birthday in advance, they gave us lovely desserts and also took pictures for us. The service, food and wine here are perfect. Highly recommend

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Responded on 28 June 2019

Dear Sharon S, It is truly lovely to read your wonderful comments about your experience with us. We are honored that you choose to spend such a special occasion with us and I truly hope that you will join us for many more in the future! Kindest regards, Mirko Benzo Restaurant Manager Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

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OD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect for a quiet , elegant and special lunch

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The service and presentation during the meal was great. However, the food overall was highly disappointing. The food was bland with basic flavors which were not unique and did not complement one another or the overall produce utilized. The food was substantially below expectations for a 2 star Michelin venue and was not worth the overall cost. The sauces for each dish did not complement the food and they were not flavorful or of the right consistency.

I would not recommend this venue to anyone for dining.

EC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly service. Excellent food.

DA
London
27 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of London's best restaurants. Dishes are always excellent. Great wine menu as well.

WL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous service. Fantastic food. The baba dessert is epic. Recommend for a special occasion to anyone. Memorable.

OT
France
7 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lunch with special attentions from the Italian-French staff. Very well looked after and perfect service. Food was exactly what you can expect from Darroze. Modern and generous. Beautiful room and table setting. Special thanks to the French sommelier who was very knowledgeable and professional.

KB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magical experience and the food was absolutely fabulous. Great service - we could not fault the evening .
One teensy moan was the order for Gin and Tonic coming in what looked like a totally uninspiring kitchen glass - full to the absolute brim with tonic. Surprised at this - I would have thought the gin with ice and tonic on the side was quite normal ?!
It was however changed without question.
Only a teensy moan though as we were thoroughly impressed with everything else. Quite pricey but absolutely worth it !!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal here last week. The attention to detail was superb and the food delicious.
We were so very well looked after from the moment we arrived. We opted for the £60 lunch and were not disappointed.
Generosity was so welcome and rare these days.
Best meal we have experienced in a long time

BP
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Although the food and service were quite good, albeit very expensive, my meal was ruined by either the restaurant or the Connaught Hotel itself burning strongly floral scented candles in the entranceway. I had to change tables twice to get far enough away from this overpowering smell, just to be able to stay for dinner. And every trip to the ladies room was another exposure to this unpleasant toxin. Who would expect such a high end, sophisticated hotel and restaurant to assault their unsuspecting customers this way? What chef would allow such a strong perfume scent to overwhelm such a carefully crafted meal? At first I thought it was the flowers in the lobby, as London was being decked out for the upcoming Chelsea Garden Show, but I also knew that the hydrangeas and roses on display would not give off this scent. It was only part way through the meal when I mentioned the perfume smell to the hostess (having already told the waiters I would need to change tables twice, because of the scent wafting into the dining room) that she told me about the candles. Hard to enjoy a very expensive meal, knowing that a severe headache will surely ensue. I did not expect this at such a classy place!

HG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent value and delicious food. Carpets and upholstery made hearing easy for me as I wear hearing aids. The staff were lovely.

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing from beginning to end! The food is simply unsurpassed! The attention to detail on every dish makes for a truly memorable experience! The ambience is perfect and decor beautiful. My all time favourite!

GH
London
28 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The price didnt reflect the taste. The potatoes were mediocre at best and overall the food was nothing special. Sad really.

K
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at this restaurant is simply amazing! The attention to detail, the flavor combinations, the presentation, the amazing array of flavors, and the variety always blow me away. Ordering by using the board and marbles is just a really fun touch. My favorite part though was how friendly and funny the servers were. They were so knowledgeable, professional, and happy! Also, the wine pairings were perfect!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an amazing restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tasting menu, champagne and sancerre. Very attentive staff.

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C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a treat!
We were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived. The service was excellent, and the food was even better. I have no words to describe what a phenomenal meal this was (and we eat in amazing places a lot so our "bar" is high). The food was creative, fresh and exceedingly tasty. We chose to have paired wines with our food as one of the diners is a wine-collector - Even he was impressed with the selections. They were perfect, particularly the Austrian dessert wine.
Price-wise, it is expensive but you get what you pay for: This is where you go for an incredibly special and memorable meal, that you will be talking about for days, weeks or possibly months. This has immediately become my number 1 restaurant choice in London. A week later, and I am still thinking about the wonderful flavours!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, the service is great! The environment is also very elegant~ Will definitely visit again

H
London
16 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was out of this world. Loved the ‘build your own tasting menu’ concept.

K
Brighton
11 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to impress, just gets better every time. Wonderful food , flavour, texture, beautiful to look at, imaginative ,seasonal could go on.
Staff fantastic, friendly, discreet on the ball, what more to say ? Just try it

s
London
28 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant in London!

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n
Switzerland
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience, well beyond our expectations. The food is fantastic and prepared with such love of detail. A real dream! We can highly recommed the set lunch menu, it's a great way to get an introduction to Hélène Darrozes extraordinary cooking. We will surely be back!

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dine here and I think it deserves 2 Michelin stars. All dishes I tried today were very tasty and the decor is beautiful. Recommended the Wagyu beef to everyone!!!

J
London
24 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

SUCH a lovely meal - with AMAZING service. My only complaint is the uncomfortable seating - had spoken to the management and still the seats are uncomfortable...

A
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal from start to finish. Great food, service, and ambience. Memorable meal.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and beverages. Little Bit overpriced.

s
London
50 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing creativity in the cuisine, base on flavours of Southwestern France, where the Chef comes from, no black pepper but piment d'espelette instead, on the table and in the dishes, flowers and vegetables in every dish, absolutely fabulous palate experience, the various consistencies and flavours of each part of each dish, including the deserts. Not giving details, you need to try!

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Responded on 30 July 2019

Dear Sunshine9, Thank you so much for your kind words about your dining experience with us. It is truly delightful to know that you enjoyed the cuisine so greatly. Please be assured that I have passed along your comments to the entirety of our team. We very much look forward to your next visit with us, when you can try even more of our ever changing menu. Kindest regards, Mirko Benzo Restaurant Manager Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in London! Must try xx

g
New England
532 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great setting. Spectacular menu. Wonderful food prep. And Claudia: our #1 all-time ‘table manager’. She made the experience perfect. A flawless London dining experience.

PG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, outstanding also in London. A tad too expensive, when compared e.g. with Thierry Marx in Paris, but definitely worth a visit.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! I definitely enjoyed the food here, and the nice service. Especially love the Hake and the Lamb.

NM
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The chess menu was quite cool and fun, keeping people engaged. However, waiters still used old-school-writing-down-what-I-put-in-the-chess method to take my order. It feels bit meaningless and funny. I guess they can take away the chess and put order in the computer straightaway. Please don't write down orders in front of customers as it ruins the whole mystery.

The food is fine, though sometimes go extreme, e.g extremely insipid(prawn, I know you are trying to emphasize the taste of the prawn itself but I barely can taste anything)/heavy(lamb, try it and you will know what I'm talking)/acidic(lemon and yes I dislike it as not many people can stand to eat a lemon raw)/sweet(chocolate). Please keep working on balance and try not to go too extreme. I enjoy the pigeon most during my dinner. It was different from else where and I can really feel the freshness of the pigeon in my mouth. The foie gras was also nice, light and delicious.

Last but not least, waiters are like buzzy bees and are too busy taking away the plate/put up new cutlery. Slowing down a bit would be better and not making us feel"please finish it asap and i want to take away your dish".

Finally, I really enjoy the spiced butter with the bread. Could you suggest the name of the butter and where to buy?

Thank you.

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