Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

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French chef Hélène Darroze’s restaurant at the five-star Connaught hotel in London’s Mayfair, has gone from strength to strength, with her temple to fine dining achieving three Michelin star status in the 2021 edition of the red book.

With its wooden tabletops and wood panelling this is a grand dining room fit for a well-heeled neighbourhood but without the stuffiness that often comes with five-star hotel dining.

Darroze serves up modern French cuisine, created from carefully selected produce and served with panache. While you can choose three courses from the a la carte menu for £95, there is the option to really go to town with numerous supplements such as lobster and the signature rum baba to heighten the dining experience.

This is also the case with the restaurant’s impressive wine list, which runs to over 100 pages and which has something to offer even the most fastidious of oenophiles. Armagnac lovers are also in for a treat with numerous expressions and vintages available on its special armagnac list, including one dating back to 1918.

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