Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

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In the beautiful surroundings of Hélène Darroze's two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Connaught, her lifelong passion for the finest produce and incredible skill is reflected in every aspect of one of Mayfair's most intimate dining experiences. Each day, Hélène selects the very best and freshest ingredients from the network of suppliers she has spent a lifetime gathering, and cooks them with precision, honesty and passion. The resulting menu celebrates the tastes and textures of the most stunning individual produce, prepared in a way that allows each ingredient to shine. At the heart of this whole experience is trust. It starts with the trust that Hélène places in her suppliers, to provide her with exceptional produce, of impeccable seasonality and provenance. And it extends to the diners, who place their trust in Hélène's culinary skill by selecting from the simple list of exceptional ingredients available that day, to be served as a succession of impeccably realised dishes.

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Mon - Thu 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM

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London
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect for a quiet , elegant and special lunch

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 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.

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening

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

Very friendly service. Excellent food.

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

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

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

Amazing service

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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France
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 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.

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 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 !!

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London
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 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

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BP
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 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!

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HG
London
1 review
Dined on May 16, 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.

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 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!

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GH
London
28 reviews
Dined on May 3, 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.

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K
London
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 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!

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

Truly an amazing restaurant.

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London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 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 April 25, 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!

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

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

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

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

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K
Brighton
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 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

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

Best restaurant in London!

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Zurich
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 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!

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 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!!!

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J
London
24 reviews
Dined on April 8, 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...

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Denver
40 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Amazing food and beverages. Little Bit overpriced.

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

The best restaurant in London! Must try xx

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g
London
530 reviews
Dined on March 20, 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.

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PG
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 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.

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

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

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NM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 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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LT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive staffs and comfortable seating. Their hake is exceptionally good. Wide selection of high-quality coffee to end a meal, with mind-blowing chocolate! Will definitely come back.

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w
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful service and the food was outstanding.

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AF
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience, we definitely recommend the place !!!

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent an unforgettable and unique experience for the palate and for our eyes.
The food and the service were both excellent. And the wine paired with each creation... incredible.
Thank you very much.

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c
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a family lunch/ celebration. The restaurant is very attractive, the staff welcoming and the waiters were knowledgeable and good fun. We had the 3 course lunch with a glass of paired wine for 2 of the courses followed by coffee/ tea. The food and wine were excellent and some courses were outstanding.

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a
London
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overall extremely disappointed. Been there in the past, was 5 stars review, now could not really go over 2...

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and surprising, delicious and memorable at every step. My guest was delighted and although it’s very expensive it’s worth it. I paid myself, so I’m not just an expense account person wasting company money. This is an exceptional restaurant.

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DA
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, food and ambience.
This is one of our favourite ever restaurants!

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