I treated my wife to a dinner at in the Lumiere section of Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.
It was one of the best dining experiences of our life. We have eaten at many Michelin starred restaurants but for me it is obvious why this is a three star restaurant.
I spent a long time with the restaurant organising the meal so that it would be special for my wife. At all times, the restaurant was very accomadating, allowing me to tailor the tasting menu to suit the tastes of my wife (e.g. having no meat dishes, choosing which fish dishes they could do from their menu, having specific desserts that they didn't orginallly have on their tasting menu but was on their menu). At all times the restaurant were very understanding and helped me.
On the actual evening, my wife was made to feel special. The waiters were attentive without being intrusive and were lovely and funny.
The food was amazing.
For prestarters we had choux bread balls which were delightfully soft with cream cheese. Amazing. We were served these with warm spinach bites.
We started with crab served with caviar which had a lovely nuanced flavour.
We then moved onto a tomato medley with four different types of tomato. In my view this was the best dish of the meal. It was delightlfully fresh and each tomato tasted differently. It was also the best looking dish we have ever seen (for those that care for such things).
Next up with lobster with razor clams in a bisque. The depth of flavour of this dish was amazing. What I loved about the dish was the smell even before you ate it. It made you want to eat it.
Then we had sea bass which was lovely and delicate.
The final fish dish was the halibut with a watercress puree which was a lovely balance.
We then took a break with all the delightful food we had eaten and then had a cheese plate with four cheeses with various chutneys. The best thing I can say is that my wife usually doesn't like cheese but the restaurant had told me in advance that the balance between each cheese and the chutney would work and they were right. This is the first time my wife finished a cheese plate.
The tasting menu officially finished with an amazing chocolate desert with praline and vanilla ice cream. It was perfect and the best chocolate dessert we have had.
We were then given a delightful apres-dessert of banana cake and a strawberry tarlet which was the perfect way to finish the meal.
With tea and coffee they served us additional praline chocolates and macaroons which were delightifully soft and melted in our mouths.
The restaurant were kind enough to allow us to take some additional macaroons home to share with our family.
We had a delightful four hours in the restaurant. We were never made to feel rushed and my wife had one of the best evenings of her life.
Yes it is expensive but definitely worth it for a romantic dinner.
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