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