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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester: The Best Restaurant in London

I’m always one for milking a celebration – I like to celebrate my birthday for the whole month, not just a day…So for our special one year wedding anniversary we also wanted to include a return to the place where it all began. The Dorchester Hotel, where we celebrated our wedding reception and spent our first evening as a married couple. So it seemed only right to return to three-Michelin star restaurant, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.

I loved the beautiful floral designs created by The Dorchester’s in house florist, Phillip Hammond. They were so bright, fresh and springy! Now I’ve written about The Dorch many times on my blog before, it’s my favourite hotel in London because for me it simply defines luxury. I don’t just mean guilded furnishing, plush carpets and marble fixtures, it’s the levels of service in every area of the hotel. You feel so special walking into that gorgeous luxurious environment and receiving VIP treatment.

We love the Bar at the Dorchester, which is super glamorous but never feels stuffy like some hotel bars can be. I think it’s the red pointy glass things that make it so cool 😉

 

 

 

I chose a delicious crisp vintage Laurent Perrier champagne. Mr S, who likes to check out the signature cocktail, chose a Dorchester of London. A cocktail that was reintroduced to celebrate the hotel’s 80th Anniversary. Created in the 1930’s by the Dorchester’s legendary bar man, Harry Craddock the cocktail contains Bacardi, London Dry Gin and Forbidden Fruit Liqueur. The waiter warned Mr S that it was a very strong but he still pressed ahead, and of course the waiter was right to warn him!

Fortunately a rather lighter aperitif was offered when we got into the restaurant…

 

And it was time to toast our first year of marriage again!

Gougeres were placed on the table: delicious, light puffs of pastry containing an assortment of different fillings.

 

Our other snack was like a crispy fried ravioli, I’ve never had these at The Dorch before and they were totally amazing with a delicious creamy ricotta stuffing. Though I knew we had to pace ourselves, these were gobbled up very quickly!

 

Back in the old days, The Dorchester used to have a bread trolley, this was my dad’s favourite thing and he still asks, ‘Have they bought the bread trolley back yet?’ Well the answer is ‘no’ but there were still six different types of bread including a delicious bacon fougasse, olive bread and two types of baguette. Served with a creamy whipped butter or cream cheese.

 

Our amuse reflected the season with a gorgeous serving of the finest asparagus topped with caviar.

There are several choices of how to dine at Alain Ducasse, a la carte, the tasting menu or a special seasonal menu. We opted for a four course a la carte and the sommelier suggested that he pair each of our courses with a wine.

 

I was in no doubt as to the starter I was choosing, one of Alain Ducasse’s signature dishes, ‘saute gourmand’ of lobster with chicken quenelles and homemade pasta. It was an absolutely incredible dish with succulent hunks of lobster, pasta with just about the right amount of bite and a creamy sauce.

Mr S’s choice of chilled Scottish langoustines with mango dressing was another winner with the fruity dressing giving the dish a light and spring-like feel. I also loved the contrasting crunch of the crisp wafers served on top.

 

My fish course was a beautifully cooked John Dory served with artichoke, baby squid and lemon, definitely my favourite dish of the night.

 

Mr S chose wild sea bass with white asparagus and citrus. The plan had been to swap half way through, but I loved mine so much that I decided to keep it (sorry, Mr S – you married me and now you’re stuck with me).

My meat course was Anjou pigeon with potato gnocchi, girolles and confit shallots. Another delicious dish, I opted to have my pigeon rare and I loved how tender it was.

 

Mr S also loved his signature dish of fillet of beef rossini with crunchy cos lettuce and Perigeux sauce.

 

The the accompanying crispy twirls were great as a light alternative to potatoes.

Ok, so I wasn’t too full…yet…using great restraint I’d held back on the bread and gougeres in preparation for our epic feast.

 

A few petits fours came before dessert, unfortunately having consumed a fair bit wine I forgot to the the ‘blogger artistically holds up macaron’ photo. Apols.

 

Both our desserts were pink fruity and seasonal and we opted for a wild strawberry and rhubarb delight along with a red berry vacherin. The desserts were perfection, Alain Ducasse is well known for his excellent dessert and his pastry chef Angelo Ercolano has collaborated with him for 14 years to create desserts that are beautiful and incorporate the freshest seasonal ingredients.

‘Now, would you like anything else’ we were asked…I tend to avoid coffee late at night but we definitely weren’t ready to leave so we ordered mint tea…

 

I certainly wasn’t expecting an entire herb garden to turn up…

 

….and for the waiter to proceed to snip off the mint…

 

And brew our tea freshly at the table. Now that’s some really special service!

And it wasn’t over yet…

I’m sorry I can’t restraint myself from using the phrase, I felt like a kid in a candy store as the waiter bought over the ‘sweetie trolley’ – now this will go some way to making things up to my dad for sacrificing the bread trolley. From the trolley were actually able to choose our ‘going home present,’ I really did feel like a kid at the best party ever as we selected our favourite treats for our goody bag…

 

And, though we were well and truly stuffed we were presented with this gorgeous cake selection too.

Despite our minor hiccup on Valentine’s Day, my faith is well and truly restored and I can firmly say that I think Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is the very best restaurant in London. The food is delicious and innovative and the standards of service are simply perfection.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
53 Park Lane
London
W1K 1QA

020 7629 8866
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  • Fabulous pictures… those flowers are phenomenal!

    • Aren't they just beautiful!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Polly Bagley

    LOVED this! So much fun to read after being to Alain Ducasse's Doha-based restaurant Idam so recently. There are many things in common (such as the sweetie and tea trolleys, innovative use of potatoes and of course amazing food!), but a few notable differences too *cough* alcohol *cough*

    • I've been to a few of his but the London one is my favourite so far. The one in Vegas is pretty sensational though!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Wow – what an incredible meal! The way the mint tea is served is just wonderful. I need to go just for that sweetie trolley! xx

    • I know isn't in amazing!

  • This. Looks. INCREDIBLE. My granola and yoghurt this morning suddenly seems BORING AS HELL!

    Gorgeous snaps too!

    Katie
    http://www.bloodyhellbrennan.com

    • Lol! Always hard to read a foodie post when you're eating a sandwich or something boring!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • There are so many delicious things in this post that I literally couldn't pick a favourite dish! x

    • I know!! It's a feast for the eyes!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • This looks wonderful! What a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary by going back to the Dorch! You also look incredible Angie!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Thank you so much Lauren xx

  • That looks incredible. The flower arrangements are amazing and the food looks lovely, What a great way to celebrate your anniversary

    • It really was amazing! Thank you lovely, we had a great time.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • This looks incredible, but Angie, that dress is stunning!

    • Thank you so much!

  • Isn't the herb garden precious? I'm long overdue a dinner at Ducasse, thank you for reminding me! x

    Jasiminne / Posh, Broke, & Bored – Luxury lifestyle blog

    • Isn't it amazing, so glad we asked for a mint tea!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Can't believe they brought out a whole garden for the tea & all the food looks amazing. I'll have to desfinitely pop in at some point! 🙂

    Tahira x

    • Isn't it awesome!

  • Hannah K

    Love your dress and the food looks lovely too!

    • Thank you so much lovely xx

  • Happy Anniversary Angie! I love how they made the tea for you; how sweet are they and those desserts look incredible! xx

    • Thank you! It was such an amazing bit of theatre 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • You look so beautiful! This place looks incredible! x
    http://onthehs.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you so much, that's so sweet 🙂

  • Although the sweet trolley looks fun I'm with your Dad … bread trolley – WOW! OMG I'd love a bread trolley! Your photos are fantastic, the food just looks so good, may have to visit next time we have a special occasion to celebrate x

    • The bread trolley was just heaven, I should start a petition to get it back.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • What a fabulous dining experience, everything looks delicious! I love the decor and ambiance of the place too 🙂

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    • It was amazing!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I love that you guys chose to celebrate your 1 year there – the tradition has now been well and truly set 😉 and omg that bread… and the gougers… and the ravioli stuffed parcel things, who needs the a la carte menu?!? Nothing beats good bread. Your starter looks sensational to me, and I cannot get over how generous they are with the petits fours, cakes and sweetie trolley – although there might not be much left of it if I get my hands on it 😉 looks like a wonderful evening!!! and the herbs – omg, amazing! ha. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

    • Lol! Thanks for a lovely comment, that's why I think it's the best restaurant in London!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Happy anniversary that has gone really quickly. Like you I extend my birthday to a week but a month wow, how do you get away with that? The crispy fried ravioli looks like a wonderful entrée, John Dory looks divine and the sweet trolley is so beautiful. I can see why it is a firm favouorite Lucy x

    • You would love it, Lucy.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Crispy fried ravioli?! I must try that. Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you had such a wonderful evening.

    Happy travels 🙂

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