Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

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From personally tailored menus to the artfully designed dining room, the newly re-opened Hélène Darroze at The Connaught is an elegant expression of craft.

In our two Michelin-star restaurant, each dish is grounded in seasonal produce sourced from the farmers, makers and growers carefully chosen by Hélène. And every menu is a reflection of your personal tastes, as our chefs transform your selected ingredients into original works of culinary art.

Pierre Yovanovitch’s cocooning interior sets the perfect tone for this intimate dining experience. Blush shades, curved lines, and deep velvet and leather seating reflect the restaurant’s warm, approachable ethos. Blue blown-glass chandeliers and exposed wooden tabletops add a bold, contemporary edge. Almost every element is custom-made, once again placing craftsmanship in the limelight.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

While some of the food was excellent - crab, venison and foie gras, the dry hake and so-so baba disappointed

We went on a Friday night and couldn’t get a seat in the bar for a pre-dinner drink, which didn’t befit the five star experience

The menu was innovative, with amazing produce, and promised a lot. However look out for the hefty supplements...

The final disappointment was the newly renovated room. We were not fans of the peachy colour scheme and lighting was on the bright side

So while there were high spots the experience did not match the price tag

A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Definitely not worth the time or money. Service was inconsistent, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Food was nothing special and the supplementary costs for dishes were outrageous.

MS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an incredible experience. The food and the service were both amazing. One of the highlights of a recent trip to London.

LF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best propositions in town for a classy business lunch if you go for the set menu.

Flawless service and particularly creative wine solutions for pairing with the food.

F
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a treat, the neighbourhood is magnificent, if you make a mistake and instead of turning right after the entrance in the hotel, one turn left, no worry, you are also in good hand at Jean Georges...
This two star Michelin is all you may expect from a restaurant of that level, superlative delicacy in the food and service, the wine list is a dream, I had a glass of Montrachet, one of Yquem, an Egon Muller white, a Charmes-Chambertin from David Duband, a Dominus from the Napa and a Vouvray Haut-Lieu from Huet... all superbe! I decided to have truffle only in the best restaurants, the others try to fool you with second choice or fake truffle with no taste or smell... this is not the case here, they serve generous shavings of strong flavoured Tuber. One of the very best meal of the year! I really enjoyed the very polite, skill full and distinguished service, in French, without being obsequious.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very sweaty and Warming service for us, today is my birthday and I received a birthday cake from there

p
Surrey
65 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A firm favourite which never fails to please. Refurbished since our last visit with a modern look (not sure if it's really an improvement, but it's a matter of taste. Food and service remain impeccable, and if you stick to the lunch menu (even with supplements) it is excellent value.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply amazing

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing diner for my boyfriend 50. it was a very sweet evening in a very quiet place in London.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely room, absolutely top notch service, actual choices on the menu so everyone doesn’t have to have the same thing, excellent food.

MJ
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice food and lovely setting. We experience three Michelin starred restaurants in the one week and compared and contrasted. The food was what you would expect from a two star but the value was not and it was a little annoying that certain dishes carried a fairly hefty supplement. No dish was outstanding, not even the signature dessert which I have to say was a fairly ordinary rum baba! We were also slightly put out that we did not have a matched wine that was advertised on the menu and another lower grade wine was put in its place. Also we were not offered wine at all for one dishes despite the fact we would have been happy to pay so all in all not great service either but everyone was pleasant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came to the restaurant for my mom and aunts first visit to London. Did not disappoint! Food, presentation, and service was spectacular. The added bonus was that a fully vegetarian set menu was available for my mom which gave her a lot more options. Planning to be back for special occasion situations

ZS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

This was our second visit. The first one, a couple of years ago, was remarkable. This time, however, service was sloppy, and the experience, overall, not as exciting. They should try a bit harder, for the prices they charge.

FH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Plats beaux mais sans réelle surprise en dehors du visuel pour le crabe .
Le personnel très souriant et agréable sans aucune faute en dehors de l attente au départ de prés de 10 minutes avant de me voir proposer une boisson .
J avais une réelle attente qui n a pas été comblée ayant eu un immense souvenir il y a quelques années chez Hélène Darroz a Paris .

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good, as always, is outstanding. The recent refurbishment has been done tastefully and is an improvement.
We went for the set lunch menu which is excellent value for money. Fingers crossed this changes on a monthly basis

T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing dining experience with some of the best food I have tried for a while. Make sure you order the grouse as it was my knockout dish of the night! Doubt I’ll be able to return anytime soon as it is very expensive but hopefully one day I’ll get to relive the wonderful evening I had there.

SL
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, the experience is perfect: seamless non-fawning service, wonderful amuses bouches that really set the tone for an unforgettable meal. We chose the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing that was beautifully prepared and presented with the right balance of seasoning.

I do not like things over-salted, which for me shows a lack of palate on the part of the chef and they always get it right. The wines served were delicious too so the whole lunch was joyous - what more is there to say ... just book!

W
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good pleasant service
Food is well presented and delicious

D
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding lunch menu, wonderful friendly service and delightful dishes - excellent value for money for the quality.

D
London
125 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The restaurant is different from the previous time we were there following their refurbishment. As we were a party of 8, we had to go with the 5 course tasting menu, which limited our choice of dishes. The crab and foie gras were delicious, but the main dish was only a choice of lobster tail or cod. Not many chose the lobster because of the hefty surcharge, and those who selected the cod found it rather fishy and perhaps not as fresh as one would expect from this class of restaurant. Many of the party were not keen on the sweetbread as the 4th course and would have preferred something else. The nice touch was that there were many additional ‘tasters’ from the amuse bouche served. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and were careful with the allergies of a member in the party. One problem was that the waiting staff kept opening and topping up our water without asking, resulting in 10 bottles of water for the evening being opened and charged, in addition to our bottles of wine.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious evening! The place is charming, the food amazing and the art de la table delightful. Thank you for such a great experience!

JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in London. This time we went back & discovered the ambience & table setting has changed to be more casual though they still offer fine dining. Dish presentation was still very elegant & eye-catching. I was particularly impressed by their amuse bouche. Crab meat appetizer was excellent. Foie gras was well cooked but I personally not keen on the crunchy crust on the surface. Turbot was good, tender & rich in flavors. The grouse was something new to me & I had to say this dish was least impressive to me. Again the 5-course menu was good value & high quality but the wine pairing again was too expensive for the wines being served. Services here were terrific though!

RP
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A stunning meal in a beautiful restaurant. The staff were utterly charming. Can’t wait to come again

HH
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous dining experience. A taste sensation in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend the lunch menu/offer. We will definitely be going back!

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Responded on 13 July 2019

Dear HollyH, It is truly delightful to read your kind words about your experience with us. From myself and the entirety of our team we very much look forward to welcoming you back on many more occasions in the future. Kindest regards, Mirko Benzo Restaurant Manager Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

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W
London
75 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My husband and I have been several times here. We had the set lunch menu which was very good overall. The wines included were ok but not great. The lobster starter and rhubarb dessert were lovely. The main gurnard dish had a meaty tasting jus which we were not keen on as we don’t eat meat. Service was efficient and friendly.

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Responded on 13 July 2019

Dear Wild44, I would like extend my gratitude to you for taking the time to write about your lunch with us. Please be assured that we have taken your comments on board in regards to the wine and it shall be discussed within our team. I truly hope that you and your husband will allow us the pleasure of having you join us again in the future. Kindest regards, Mirko Benzo Restaurant Manager Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

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RD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The set menu includes wine pairings but they were a little disappointing. I would rather pay less for the food and choose my own wines.

Food was stunning however and lots of lovely treats from the kitchen.

AB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sublime food and service . The selection of wines and spirits is sensational. A memorable dining experience.

OT
Switzerland
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sublime!!!!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I choose the discovery menu 5 courses and fifty percent of the items where extra payment and choices were limited
Total bill came to 940 pounds for 2 people with one bottle of champagne and 3 cocktails
I’m a regular eater in London’s best restaurants and my normal bill is 300-400 pounds on the high side so for me this is first and last time visiting this restaurant
Also I was surprised how empty the restaurant was compared to others and I suppose now I know the reason

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

The food was terrible - very high salt content

SS
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My mother and I celebrated my 30th birthday here. This is also my mother's first visit to London. Because we marked my birthday in advance, they gave us lovely desserts and also took pictures for us. The service, food and wine here are perfect. Highly recommend

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Responded on 28 June 2019

Dear Sharon S, It is truly lovely to read your wonderful comments about your experience with us. We are honored that you choose to spend such a special occasion with us and I truly hope that you will join us for many more in the future! Kindest regards, Mirko Benzo Restaurant Manager Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

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OD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just perfect for a quiet , elegant and special lunch

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

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.

EC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect evening

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very friendly service. Excellent food.

DA
London
26 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

WL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
France
8 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

KB
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 !!