Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

4.6
614 reviews
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An unforgettable experience awaits you at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, as you're reacquainted with the joys and pleasures of eating well. Already proud of two Michelin stars, Hélène Darroze was named the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef 2015.

Hélène's culinary philosophy is inspired by the famously generous hospitality of her native South West France, and her cooking is steeped in the belief that exceptional food is a route to happiness.

Her network of exclusive suppliers delivers exquisite ingredients from field, farmyard and ocean, and Hélène combines them with uncompromising passion and skill. For Hélène, food is never less than deeply personal. This is true cuisine d'auteur; individual and original, the product of the singular creative vision of a supremely talented chef.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Monday to Saturday
Lunch 12 noon - 2pm
Dinner 6.30pm-10pm

Sunday
Lunch 12 noon-3pm
Dinner 6.30pm-9pm
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Phone number
020 3147 7200
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Hélène Darroze
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Special events & promotions
Kindly note that our Lunch and Dinner Formula are available only from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays); over the weekend we will offer our extensive A La Carte menu.
Please note that, during December, we will be serving a three-course seasonal lunch menu every weekday at £55 per person (exclusive of beverages).

Credit card details are required to secure all dinner and weekend reservations; also weekday lunch reservations from 3 guests and above. If you would cancel within 24 hours of the booking, you are liable for a cancellation or no show fee. You will be contacted by a member of our reservations team in order to obtain credit card details to secure the reservation. Please note that the card will not be charged.

In the interests of all our customers, we are unable to accommodate babies and young children aged six and under.

Please note that we currently do not take OpenTable dining cheques.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Festive Brunch: £75

On this day, Helene decided to share with you her Bespoke Festive Brunch. It will be a 4-course set menu at £75 per person; kindly find the menu attached for your information. The venue will be happy to accommodate any dietary requirements if notified in advance. Please note that the menus are subject to change due to ingredients’ supply. Credit card details required to secure your reservation.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. Cancelation policy is 48 hours ahead of the reservation time; if you would cancel within that time or not to show on the day, you are liable for a fee of £75 per person.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: December 22, 2018

Ends: December 30, 2018

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-2:30PM
Thu-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM

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Sun - Thu 12:00PM - 2:00PM 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM

What 614 People Are Saying
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London
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal with a lot of nice touches

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OG
London
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Was a bit disappointed as you can see by the rating I gave. The restaurant was very busy and noisy. Tables were positioned in a strange way and our table was on crossroads of every waiter - which was really unpleasant. The tables are cramped to each other so closely that another guest had his jacket stacked in oil on our table when he was trying to get to his seat.
The waiters initially brought still instead of sparkling water, mixed up our first dishes and the service overall left somewhat unpleasant feeling.
Food was OK, but overall not something one would expect to see from a 2 Michelin star chef and who is supposedly a celebrity chef in London...

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S
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was excellent - well worth it's 2 michelin stars - but the cost is astronomical! We paid £819 for 2 people. We were given a glass of champagne as we sat down (it was excellent, Grand Siecle but turns out this was £30 each). And we went for 5 courses at £105 each which is OK. However many of the courses carry supplements from £40-£125 (I counted 6 of the 15 choices) and 6 of the 10 we chose were thus adding another £381 to the cost. Compare to RGR for instance where you can get an equally good, 3 michelin star 7-course tasting menu with no supplements (unless you want an extra cheese course at £15) for £155 per head. So the food came to £651 for 2 people. Obviously we could have avoided the supplemented dishes but that would have restricted our choice to 60% of the menu which is a bit of a shame. Service was brilliant and food was excellent although the takeaway gift at the end was a madeleine type sponge which was considerably burnt when we took it out of the box - so we didn't eat.

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PN
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food and atmosphere

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true 3 star restaurant

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j
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience is absolutely perfect.
We had the dinner formula which is extremely good value.
Food is well executed and service is immaculate.
Thank you for the enjoyable experience!

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TM
London
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, we were on 55 pound offer which is best value ever as not only does it include exquisite food but also water, wine and coffee with petit fours (not forgetting substantial bread and butter) The petit four we had to get boxed to take way as we also got a bonus anniversary dessert (and a pre-dessert) so there was a slight danger of sugar overload towards end. Foie Gras comes in a little pastry and was a good combo of textures and flavours, beef check was rich in flavour. My wife had lobster and cod to follow and although I can't recall all the little dressings and sauces it was all simply superb. Staff very welcoming and friendly, so , overall, can't find a fault, and nearly forgot gift at end which are lovely quenelles which we are still working our way through a little bit at a time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Certainly feels like a Michelin restaurant but for the actual experience. Enjoyed the gimmicky method of ordering. A nice extra. White truffle worth the supplement and temperature on the lobster is excellent. Bread is very good. Aside from that, several dishes leave one disappointed. Aforementioned truffle worth it but gnocchi is too mushy for my taste. Lobster again very well cooked but overwhelmed by questionable curry sauce. Grouse Wellington is awkward to say the least and quite gamey. Puff pastry limp as well.
That aside, weakest area by far is service. While attentive, far far too slow and not up to the level of care expected, including infrequent sweeping of table cloth, attention to water and such, and, did I mention super slow. Twenty minutes expired between courses routinely, almost certainly as they sought to cook certain dishes together w other tables. Clocked almost three hrs for a five course meal. I asked the people sitting next to us. They started dessert same time as us but had a reservation an hour after ours. A fine evening, but given expectations for this kind of place w this kind of price, not up to snuff.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an interesting experience, I haven't been in a fine dining restaurant that's really casual. I stayed for a long time there, and I ended up the last person left.

The staff are very friendly and cheerful. It's my first time and had a great experience

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CD
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun and interesting menu with attentive service! Tables are very close together, it is difficult not to talk to the guest next to you! The food was very tasty and a good selection. Value for money is less good than other places, especially as many of the dishes that you want carry a hefty surcharge (roughly 1/3 of the menu has a surcharge), we swapped pudding for an extra starter and that also had a surcharge

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my 5th time at Hélène Darroze, a lovely quintessential Mayfair restaurant near the beautiful Mount street garden. Exceptional service from the international team, attentive yet not robotic. We had the set lunch menu which included a superb beef cheeks main course. The home baked bread is excellent. We will definitely visit it again.

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JJ
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was obviously exquisite but I have to commend the waitstaff in particular for doing everything within their power to make sure our party was comfortable and at ease. I was so grateful for their hospitality and professionalism and will definitely be back in the future to celebrate other special occasions!

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LL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent taste, textures and arrangement. Spent almost £500 for dinner for 2, yet the staff pushed upsells hard at every opportunity, trying to drive the number higher. Probably grasping management. Reason that it is 4 stars instead of 5.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the best experience by far in my life.
Visited for my girlfriend’s birthday.

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SJ
London
81 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helene Darroze is the most amazing restaurant - understated elegance, exceptional service, elegantly presented food (that also tastes delicious) - and the formula set menu they do for 2 @ 18:30 also makes it the best value in town... unbeatable if you’re looking to make someone feel special!

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A
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was in line with what is expected from a 2 Michelin stars restaurant.
The most expensive wine pairing we took was a big disappointment. Even during a wine tasting, would you enjoy larger quantities. None of the wine was particularly outstanding, although it was difficult to judge given the few centilitres of each of the five glasses.
Very pricey for the experience.

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant with outstanding service. The venue is classy and cosy.

On the downside, the starters were quite ordinary and tasteless and the glass of champagne was overpriced.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I suppose we got off on the wrong foot from the moment we walked in as we were just plopped on the first table as soon as you walk in. That too even though the restaurant was half to a third empty throughout the evening. So never got a feel of the restaurant except the bit of the wall I was staring at. While all the entrees were good, none felt outstanding and having had 4, I expected at least 1 to fit that bill. Desserts were much more redeeming and the take away gift cake and complementary treats delightful. Made the meal feel like a lasting experience, at least till the morning after. Worth noting that a good chunk of the items on the menu do include a significant supplement to the price. Overall we unfortunately left feeling a bit disappointed on the overall experience and food relative to the expectations we came with. A drink at the Connaught bar after however did help uplift the night somewhat.

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r
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating here. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and both the food and service were exemplary. The set lunch is very good value for money. We will certainly go again soon.

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f
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch food, wine and service. An excellent anniversary lunch. Couldn’t fault a thing.

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D
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, great food and top level of service. Was a big birthday and a great choice.
The only downside is the abundance of supplements! Just no need for them (wagyu beef excluding). The standard menu is priced right for a London two star, but the supplements just aren’t warrented for the dishes they represent. Didn’t spoil our meal, but put a taint on the restaurants name.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best. Exceptional in all respects.

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OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The lamb was exquisite but the size too small !!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb throughout !! Will be back 👌🏻

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant in London. Always delivers. Great food. Perfect service. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Just delightful. Pricey but delightful.

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a dining experience. The service is impeccable - elegant and not intrusive - what service should be everywhere else. The food is outstanding - so many layers of flavor in each bite! The ambiance is extraordinary - a beautifully appointed restaurant. Do not visit London and miss dining at Helen Darroze. Make your reservations early as it understandably becomes quickly committed.

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a tasting menu. Nearly all of the dishes were superb. The service was very attentive and friendly. One of the best restaurants we have experienced in London. Expensive, especially after adding various extras, but worth it for food of this quality.

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MM
London
55 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent (again!). Having made the "mistake" last time of going for the 7 course option we sensibly stuck to the 5 course option with premium wine pairing. The restaurant was notably noisy at the start of our meal with what sounded like building work going on and lots of group tables but that volume soon died down. Service was impeccable and the wine selection was delicious. The supplements for some of our dishes were steep (e.g., £110 for the Wagyu) but the Wagyu dish in particular was incredible. It was a lovely way to celebrate my partner's birthday.

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ZA
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Elegant atmosphere. The food was a bit of a disappointment honestly, good but not great.

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4
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful lunch with efficient but unobtrusive service. The set lunch is excellent value and offers a good choice, however the supplements on some dishes are a little hefty and therefore off putting.
All in all though - lovely.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant! Wonderful taste! Perfect size portions. Excellent service!

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Anniversary lunch. Staff Greta and thoughtful.

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d
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best business lunch deal in London - amazing food and place

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful gastronomic experience very well worthwhile.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb night out. Food was v good - on part with other Michelin starred establishments- but the service was outstanding. We were made to feel v welcome despite the grand setting, there were several thoughtful touches throughout the evening, and the staff were ever-present yet never intrusive. Made our anniversary feel special and we are grateful for that.

Would also flag that there are ample options for vegetarians and the "choose your ingredients" concept is fun.

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IK
London
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not out first visit so that speaks volumes. A wonderful location for a special meal or occasion. Good atmosphere, in beautiful wood panelled dining room with attentive staff and excellent food and wine. Although limited choice on reduced menu, everything prepared and served with meticulous care. Could not fault. Will return again.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my girlfriend for celebrating the Chinese Valentine’ Day. I sent an email several days before the dinner asking them to help me prepare a flower for my girlfriend, and they replied really quick and was really nice and friendly. My girlfriend was surprised and love the rose really much. The experience with the restaurant was unforgotable!

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M
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rather creative presentation( inspired by Japanese cuisine perhaps). Good food( can be less salty though). Service is attentive yet unobtrusive. Good value for money.

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F
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

My top tip if you are dining here is take your coat and bags with you to the table. It is not clear if they have any system for keeping track of coats but when I asked for mine it set them off a ten minute tour of various locations around the hotel lobby, in the course of which I was offered someone else's plastic version from behind the concierge, before I joined the hunt and tracked it down in the men's cloakroom, on the same hanger as someone else's pink jacket. They parted with it reluctantly, and without an apology. As a consequence of the delay we missed our train by 2 minutes and had to wait another hour at Waterloo station. That rather took the edge off the experience.

Before that the food was pretty good. Helene Darroze seems to go for strong flavours, but the foie gras was curiously bland. Much better was the scallop with tandoori spices and carrot puree which was a lovely combination of flavours and then the red mullet stuffed with shrimps. Meanwhile, my wife liked the cod. The lamb dish for me was less successful: the lamb itself was tender but I found the mint flavour a bit too strong. I had a taste of my wife's chocolate dessert and it had a very strong coffee flavour and whilst she enjoyed it I was glad I chose the apricot. The various accompaniments, particularly the ham from the Pyrenees, were first class.

Service in the restaurant itself was excellent. Shame about the end.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!

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