The Dorchester

Lunch at Alain Ducasse

Slowly but surely I have been saying goodbye to my colleagues for the past weeks, marking the end of an era for me. It has involved a lot of eating, drinking and meet ups (thank you guys). However, the most special of them all, was a treat I received from my now, almost ex-colleagues at The Dorchester, taking me to Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester for a farewell meal.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Little puff pastry balls with cheese (they probably do have a fancier name)

I wanted to share the experience with you because it was absolutely fantastic. I must admit, i am probably quiet simple in my food preferences (mac and cheese it is), however having lunch at Alain Ducasse changed my perspective of how food can taste, look and smell.

The ambience

This is a place you go to indulge all senses. From the impeccable service, stunning china, table Lumiere to the of course, sensational cuisine.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Table Lumiere – the shiny thing at the back. An exclusive hire private dining area, surrounded by the most beautiful shiny crystals. You can see out but people cannot see in.

If you do decide to go, do not be in a rush. Visiting Alain Ducasse is as much for the food, as it is for the overall experience. I feel there is a saying ‘you cannot rush art‘ and lunch there is pure art.

The light changes based on time of day, and the windows are on the exact height for you not to see traffic, just gorgeous Hyde Park.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Look at that view

The food

I have also felt that going to fancy restaurants leaves you hungry and you need to hop to McDonald’s on the way home. Not here – the food was plenty, the portions were well sized and all was yummy. Surprisingly, there is a lunch menu at £65 per person, which in my humble opinion is a very affordable option for a 3 Michelin star restaurant. This will get you a 3 course meal, 2 glasses of wine and water.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
The starter
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
A different angle of the starter – appreciate its angles
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
The perfect fish
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
A close up
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The sommelier Chris – he knew his wines and treated us to some amazing flavours
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
The main course – the cabbage stuffing was absolutely yum

The dessert

Back to the amazing food – I was really blown away by the desserts. By now you probably know, I absolutely love sweets. The finishing touches of our meal just made my day – custom made chocolates, macaroons transporting your taste buds straight to Paris, and some really fancy sponges that took a little bit of preparation before they could be consumed.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
The cheese selection – specifically selected condiments for each flavour
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Hello there
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Chocolates before the dessert arrived
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Hello macaroon
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Goodbye macaroon
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A chocolate heaven on a plate
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
This was divine – a little bit bitter to offset the sweetness of all the chocolates and macaroons
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
The sponge – all rum-ed up and full of cream now

We had the set menu and it was divine. I must say the chef did treat us to some special goodies in between, so thank you.

The chef

Let’s talk about the chef – Jean-Philippe Blondet. An absolute magician in the kitchen, being awarded 3 Michelin stars for the year and interpreting Alain Ducasse’s cuisine in London. Read his full on profile here. Wait until you scroll further down to see his immaculate kitchen. Honestly, the kitchen at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is 1) huge 2) the cleanest kitchen space I have seen in my life. Very different to my kitchen at home (o_O)

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Where the magic happens
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
look at that kitchen – stunning

An absolutely fantastic experience, and I do recommend it for that one special occasion you always wonder where to go. Did someone say Valnetine’s day was almost here? 😉

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