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“Worth it's 3 stars but only just”

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Ranked #255 of 23,041 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $90 - $322
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Mayfair
Description: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester offers contemporary French cuisine in the sleek Jouin Manku designed dining-room along with a professional, bespoke and friendly service orchestrated by Restaurant Director Damien Pepin and his energetic team. Executive Chef, Jean-Philippe Blondet 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; Dry aged beef, artichokes and bone marrow, and the delicate 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.
Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Worth it's 3 stars but only just”
Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

We dined late on a Friday evening and took the Spring Menu fixe which was really good throughout with the only weakness being the fish dish which lacked flavour. Most of the little touches were there that you would expect but a little less choice of bread and mignardises than other similar dining rooms would offer. The sommelier chose well for us albeit not on the cheap side and the service was attentive throughout. Slightly off putting the longish walk through the lobby to the toilets.

I would return but would try other places before.

  • Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Claustrophobic”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The Dorchester has an impressive decoration of the venue. It feels very grand and welcoming. 5/6 people had lunch in the restaurant. Very overwhelming by the number of staff ready to serve you. The debate you can have is too little or too much staff. The food was enjoyed other then the fish sauce. The Headwaiter Kevin is very observative and able to attend to your every need.

  • Visited February 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“There are other better restaurants in London”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Although the food was good, it didn't meet our high expectations for the 3 Michelin star it has been awarded. There are other much better value 1 and 2 star restaurants in London (like Ledbury). For 600 pounds for 4 people, we certainly will not come back.

  • Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Out of this world experience”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

From the moment of taking the reservation to the moment I was given my coat back it was an absolutely unfogettable eperience. Due to work committments I had to change the reservation from lunch to dinner, which wasn't a problem at all. My e-mails were answered promptly and the special requests were accepted with a very positive attitude.
The hotel lobby was stunning although a bit too posh and heavy for my taste but thankfully the decor of the restaurant was simple and ellegant. We've been to one and two Michelin star restaurants before but this was our first 3 Michelin star experience. The service was impeccable all the way through the end. The waiters were always there when we needed them although not intrusive. It was lovely even only watching them serve other guests. They were friendly with everybody, everything was easy for them and no requests were impossible. The service was orchestrated by an invisible conductor in a very gentle way.
The food, ah, the food...The whole food experience was like a dance of beautifully mixed flavours and tastes. The starters we chose were the Dorset crab two ways (cold and hot) and Foie Gras dolce forte, radish and turnip. The main courses were Halibut, shellfish, celeriac tears and John Dory with white asparagus and citrus. The desserts were Caramel souffle with pear sorbet and Chocolate with vanilla ice cream. All dishes were well cooked and the ingredients complemented each other in a very subtle and indulgent way. The bread selection, amouse bouche and petit fours were also great.
As ths was a special occasion we were surprised by a little treat at the end as well as we were given orange cake to take home for breakfast for the following day:-)
I reccommend the restaurant to all food connoisseurs, the restaurant is definitely worth visiting. If it isn't for the price tag I would be there every day:-)

  • Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Not worth 3 Michelin stars”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

After visiting 2 restaurants with two Michelin stars and having amazing experiences, we expected something even more special from a three star restaurant such as Alain Ducasse. However, we were sorely disappointed. First impressions weren't great - the decor is minimal and quite plain, especially in comparison to the lavish and opulent decor of the Dorchester hotel itself. The service was adequate, but indifferent and we were not at all made to feel special. It did not feel like they were happy to have us and we did not feel like valued guests. Some of the dishes served were very good, but some were not even worth 1 michelin star. The caramel soufflé was rubbery, bland and had a bitter after taste. The overall experience was nothing special, didn't really feel like we were at a michelin star restaurant. In short, we expected much more from a three star restaurant. It wasn't as good as the two star restaurants we have visited, it was more like a one star. Definitely not worth the over £300 price tag.

  • Visited June 2013
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