Todays post is about the three-star Michelin restaurant inside the luxurious Dorchester hotel on Park Lane. It is one of the 27 restaurants created by famous French chef known as Alain Ducasse. The head chef is currently is Joceyln Herland and is currently one of four, three-star Michelin restaurants in the UK, So I was majorly excited to visit and give you guys the lowdown. The other three star Michelin restaurants include the Fat duck, The Gordan Ramsey, The waterside inn, which I will be reviewing in the near future.
Throughout its history the hotel has been closely associated with the rich and famous. During the 1930s it became known as a haunt of numerous writers and artists such as poet Cecil Day-Lewis, novelist Somerset Maugham, and the painter Sir Alfred Munnings. It held prestigious literary gatherings, notably the “Foyles Literary Luncheons”, an event the hotel still hosts today.
Queen Elizabeth II attended the Dorchester when she was a princess on the day prior to the announcement of her engagement to the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on 10 July 1947. The hotel has since become particularly popular with film actors, models and rock stars, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton frequently stayed at the hotel throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Kim Kardashian is a regular here and Michael Jackson used to also frequent here alongside the Lanesborough, which is also near by.
The customer service I received here was one of the best I have ever had. We ate off the lunch menu, as we wanted to go shopping after, so this was a lovely treat for a lunchtime event. We all ordered the same salmon option. In between courses, sweet treats and other courses were brought out, this included a crab soup served in an egg shaped contraption. I was not expecting this, so this was a great surprise for all of us. My highlight out of all three courses was the dessert, although it is possible I have been biased to my deadly sweet tooth or teeth shall I say. The dessert was an orange-based sorbet, served with blood oranges with hand made chocolate oblong mousse pieces by Alain Ducasse, it really was phenomenal. The shere artwork of michelin starred food gives food presentation a whole other dimension.
Now, the wow factor of the lunch was when the staff escorted me to the private dining known as the ‘Table Lumiere’ which seats up to seven guests. You are literally cocooned and surrounded by 4,500 bright glistening fiber optic lights that give a glamorous edge, which makes you feel you are encased by fairy magic. Its a truly a personal experience as one can tailor their Hermes dining plates, which for me is seriously fabulous, you can pick all the cutlery and which collection of Hermes plates you would like to use, these include the Fil’d’argent, Century, Rythme Rouge and Mesclun. The bespoke dining tableware is unlike any other with additional pieces and table ornaments including Puiforcat silverware and Saint Louis glassware. This for me is why Alain Ducasse is the superior dining option and my personal favorite so far due to key details in what I believe is true fine dining, they have officially nailed it for me! For only two hundred pounds and for an occasion I really believe this area in the restaurant is worth its price tag.
“Harmony is what really matters and it is the combination of all the right elements – food , service , design and atmosphere – that creates a truly special dining environment. Table Lumière has its very own harmony.” – Alain Ducasse
Overall a huge 10/10. Michelin starred food is very ‘dainty’ and ‘pretty’ looking, if you are looking for a wholesome meal, you will be better off somewhere else. For people who love the art and finer dining experience that is one of the best in London, this is the place to be!
Shoes @Christian Louboutin
Carpe Diem Mermaids and Mermen,