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“Fabulous meal and ambience, but you pay for it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
53 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA, England (Mayfair)
+44 (0)20 7629 8866
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Ranked #452 of 17,879 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $91 - $363
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Mayfair
Description: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester offers contemporary French cuisine in the sleek Patrick Jouin designed dining-room along with a professional, bespoke and friendly service orchestrated by Restaurant Director Damien Pepin and his energetic team.Executive Chef, Jocelyn Herland, interprets Alain Ducasse's cuisine with a modern and refined approach, consistently championing and enhancing current seasonal produce, much of which is sourced from British and French suppliers.Signature dishes include "Saute gourmand" of lobster, truffled chicken quenelles and homemade pasta; Fillet of beef Rossini, crunchy cos lettuce, "sacristain" potatoes and the decadent Baba like in 'Monte-Carlo'.A perfect place for a savvy lunch, the restaurant offers a 3 course set menu including wine, water and coffee. Private dining is also a must-try experience with the stunning Table Lumiere where guests can create their bespoke dining experience by choosing from specially selected sets of china by Hermes; the spacious Salon Park Lane bathed in natural light and the cosy Salon Prive.
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“Fabulous meal and ambience, but you pay for it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Truly amazing meal, service and experience. Be aware of the 'house champagne' they offer which is £20 a glass... we spent £800 between 4 so bring your credit card

Visited February 2014
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“Great value lunch but still slightly disappointed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Exclusive Mayfair location, stunning room & decor and highly attentive service (almost a bit too much at times when you just want to talk with your guests), with the amount of waiting staff you just know you won't be lacking for anything.

The set £55 lunch with decent enough wine and water is ultimately very good value for a 3M star establishment, so it's slightly odd to perhaps go away slightly underwhelmed.

The copious amount of warm cheese/black pepper profiteroles were very welcome upon arrival - and this was even replaced with a fresh mountain of them upon the arrival of my late-running lunch guest (it's touches like this that make you feel very looked after). However they lacked the kind of flavour punch that I was expecting and whilst the texture was nice, they invariably became a little dull on the palette.

The fresh bread was nice but not as stunning as that sampled in other 2/3 star restaurants such as Le Manoir or the Waterside Inn (the bacon bread in particular wasn't a patch on that served by Raymond). The amouse bouche served in a egg dish was very tasty even though the gray'ish foamy colour looked a little iffy.

The snails starter cooked and served in the same pot was pleasant enough, without being anything particularly memorable. Again, there was a lack of any strong flavours to really tantalize the tastebuds.

Main course of slow cooked lamb shoulder was very good indeed. Strong flavours, perfectly seasoned and cooked and with a delicious jus was much more aligned to what you'd expect in this kind of place.

Chocolate/coffee based desert was intricate and tasty. And then followed a range of delicious chocolates and various confectionary 'freebies'. After nearly 3 hours I left very full - and if this had been a 1M star restaurant I would have been very pleased - but apart from the venue, decor and service, it was hard to see how each dish matched the 3M star quality. It's perhaps a matter of expectations.

That being said, it's still cracking good value for Mayfair and I will likely return at some future point to give it another chance.



Visited June 2014
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“couldn't meet the expectations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The interior design is nicely reserved and elegant. The food itself didn't live up to the 3 stars at all. No amuse gueule (just some cheese balls for the aperitif) ! The 7 course tasting menu was good but there haven't been any wow effect or any sensational taste, presentation or product itself. Basic good food, which every other starred restaurant could compete.....Winelist is big but expensive, even in comparison with other two in three star restaurants. The service is what you would expect from a restaurant inside a 5 star hotel and a 3 star restaurant. A bad experience on the side: I left my Iphone on the little stool beside the table. When we called the restaurant they said that they couldn't find it. We drove back to the restaurant and they said, that they checked twice. I wanted to look by myself and there it was, still on the stool - so they didn't even look once.... aftertaste was not so good either then....

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Look at the review I have given for what is arguably the best meal experience of my life. Forget the Roux Bros, the fat duck and all the others, just save up for this one, then die happy.....

Visited July 2014
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“Fantastic Food, Wine & Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

All staff made you feel welcome, special and were attentive, friendly, polite and service was splendid through and through - brilliant!

Visited May 2014
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