Certainly the one of the best female chefs in the world, Hélène Darroze come to London from her native Gascony/Landes Region in France. With one Michelin star at her restaurant in Paris (formerly two), and after recently receiving her second star at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, she certainly sets high expectations.
The hotel itself is just beautiful. From the moment you arrive you will experience chic, five star service. The restaurant carries-on this trend with its elegant wooden-paneled dining room and its sumptuous table settings.
What is served is also exceptional. The quality of the produce for her superb acquerello risotto, chorizo and a light foam of Pamesan is clear. Just delicate and rich, but still so light. Or you might prefer the ravioli of white coco beans from Bearn with Pecorino and cod. The delicacy of the Pecorino, which is one of the strongest Italian cheeses, goes so surprisingly well with the cod – a bit salty, but the flavours marry magnificently. And a final touch of cured ham essence adds an exquisite South of France sparkle to the surf and turf style of dish.
If you’re looking for either a romance diner, or a place for business, Hélène Darroze is perfection. Excellent professional service, combined with the talent of the chef; Hélène Darroze should be electing the Connaught as her new international flagship restaurant, leaving the Paris restaurant to catch-up.