It was with much excitement that I and the managerial team arrived at the Dorchester for our lunch meal at The Grill Restaurant. It is not every day that you are invited to eat at one of the best restaurants in London.
Following a grand re-opening in November 2014, The Grill at The Dorchester offers grill classics in Mayfair, against the backdrop of this iconic hotel’s timeless interiors. Established in 1931, and now led by head chef, and Alain Ducasse protégé Christophe Marleix, The Grill at The Dorchester has a long-held reputation for serving London’s finest grill food.
The contemporary details added by interior architect Bruno Moinard, merge with the iconic elegance of The Dorchester to create a vibrant, welcoming environment. With a hand-blown glass chandelier hanging above oak parquet flooring, and surfaces resplendent in marble and zinc, The Grill at The Dorchester is a striking venue. Pivoting wall panels help to create an inviting atmosphere that evolves throughout the day.
Address: 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
Phone: 020 7317 6531
Opening time · 7–10:30am, 12–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Dress code: The Dorchester dress code is ‘smart casual’ and we respectfully ask guests visiting the hotel to refrain from wearing baseball caps, beanie hats, ripped jeans, sportswear, trainers, flip-flops and shorts in our restaurants and bars.
The Grill at The Dorchester’s seasonal menus place grill favourites alongside their signature lobster chowder. An open rotisserie is also on offer, adding to the relaxed ambience of the setting. For dessert, an extensive soufflé menu is the highlight, the first of its kind in London.
An example of items on offer:
Starter: Ham hock and duck foie gras terrine, pickles £13
Main: Fillet of sea bream, raw and cooked radish, risotto ‘al salto’ £27
Desert: Contemporary lemon tart £13
What we ordered?
We ate from a set menu priced at £39, including a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, which was exceptional value. The starter of ham hock terrine was delicious. I had the sea bream, my managers the slow cooked pork belly and the beef, generous portions all round. The pork belly was carved at the table. An amazing selection of breads was on offer, with the Stilton bread being totally out of this world. Best of all, there was no meanness with the bread: it was offered regularly throughout the meal without needing to ask for it. The chocolate cake dessert was rich, velvety and light; the lemon tart dessert was just incredible. A thin layer of meringue encased a deliciously sharp lemon curd filling, with the sweetness of the meringue perfectly complimenting the sharpness of the lemon curd. I thought this dessert was simply incredible but, for those with a very sweet tooth.
The extra couple of chefs surprises which went down really well.
The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and deferential whilst not being obsequious, beautifully trained. Without excessive wait the main course followed with a certain amount of flair. Nice to see the theatre of serving trollies being used. The restaurant director personally checked on us on several occasions to ensure all was ok.
Overall / Conclusion
The environment was beautiful and the happy atmosphere was accompanied by superb service. The extra couple of chefs surprises which went down really well. The staff are simply fantastic - warm, welcoming, and amusing. They clearly want to ensure you have a great time and we did.
The food is plentiful and delicious. It is presented so well and the flavours are out of this world.
Highly recommended if you wish to experience a stunning hotel, great food, and the friendliest staff you can wish for.
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