Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
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.
Lunch 12 noon - 2pm
Lunch 12 noon-3pm
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.
Dinner Formula: £55
Dinner formular (£55): The choice of 3 products (1 starter, 1 main and 1 dessert); Including the choice of 2 glasses of wine from the list, a bottle of water and tea or coffee. Matured fine seasonal cheeses (supplement £22).
Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 2 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
Valid For: 1 - 2 people
Starts: May 31, 2018
Ends: November 30, 2018
Availability: Mon-Fri 6:30PM-6:30PM
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Sun - Thu 12:00PM - 2:00PM 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM
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.
Impeccable service. Elegant atmosphere. The food was a bit of a disappointment honestly, good but not great.
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.
Brilliant! Wonderful taste! Perfect size portions. Excellent service!
Fantastic Anniversary lunch. Staff Greta and thoughtful.
Best business lunch deal in London - amazing food and place
Wonderful gastronomic experience very well worthwhile.
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.
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.
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!
Rather creative presentation( inspired by Japanese cuisine perhaps). Good food( can be less salty though). Service is attentive yet unobtrusive. Good value for money.
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.
Always a pleasure to dine at the restaurant
very good experience there to catch up friends. Great service and friendly staff . The only issue is the food is a little bit saulty, but will still recommended!
I really liked the place and the service and some of the dishes, although for a couple of them I probably expected a little more. Great wine list and impressive Armagnac selection.
The 3 course meal is just a bargain, great food for reasonable price. I would totally recommend it.
Often second time experiences are a bit of a letdown. Case in point Marcus. Helene Darroze was not - in fact it was better this on this occasion celebrating a birthday - thank you all.
Couldn’t have been better. Everything was perfect and we shall be dining there again!
I invited my fiance to Helene's restaurant for his 30th. I had listened to Helene speaking in an interview with a French Food Critic and was curious to discover her cuisine.
The atmosphere is very cosy and the decoration very nice. The clients attending are not particularly dressed up as they are often client to the hotel. We made quite an effort anyway.
We ordered the 5 course menu and that was more than enough as French cuisine, even in small portions, is quite rich and we were served quite a lot of little amuse bouches.
We also ordered some wine by the glass, a glass of champagne, a very nice Chablis and a Rioja which were all insanely good and among the cheapest from the very prestigious wine list.
Regarding the food itself, as we are both French, we were quite used to the type of meals served to us so they were no real surprise. The only real surprise was the small pre-desert bread ice cream with a layer of blackcurrant and blueberries which was absolutely delicious as well as creative and reminded me of old childhood breakfast/toast memories.
The terrine de foie gras was quite nice but I was expecting proper foie gras with a stronger taste. The scottish scallop with a tandoori sauce was the best meal we had, the cooking was perfect, the meat was very tender and firm. Overall very nice dressing and sauces with a nice lemony touch. Maybe a little too much salt sometimes but my fiance didn't think so.
The staff was very nice, quite a lot of French speakers.
Overall a very nice traditional and high standard French dinner.
Good value once 2 glasses of wine, water and coffee are factored into the lunch set menu.
Beautifully crafted food, very attentive and knowledgable service. Take home gift was a nice touch I have not seen before.
A superb experience: excellent food, brilliant service and the £55 lunch deal is great value for money.
We had an amazing diner with my wife! The ‘game’ of choosing the plates is stunning and the tasting is awesome... what an experience! Thank you to the team and to the Chef.
We wanted to try everything and the 7 courses menu is a must.
The food was superb at Helene Darroze. Standouts were the cod with cauliflower three ways (exceptional—the most memorable dish I’ve had in years), and the baba for dessert was divine. Our dinner was marred by inconsiderate tourists at the next table who were on their phones throughout the meal, even playing shooter video games with sound at one point. It was a relief when the manager asked them to tone it down or leave.
Should enforce a dress code. There was a guest wearing shorts, trainers and a tee shirt. Not appropriate for a fine dining restaurant.
The fact that I've come back so quickly speaks for itself. I brought my children here because I'd had such a good time with two other friends. Something about the whole dance of service and food here is very beguiling. The dining room is beautiful, the attention you receive is wonderful but very natural and the descriptiosn you are given of everything that you're eating is quite entrancing. It's all done with a great deal of charm. Of course the supplement for wagyu beef at £125 is absolutely bonkers. Who would select an option that is twice the price of the actual meal? That seems completely daft and slightly irritating. However lunch at £55 for three courses doesn't feel excessive, especially since there are two glasses of wonderful wine included and tea and coffee. The expense starts if you add other drinks to this of course. I'd still heartily recommend it.
This lunch was truly phenomenal. The staff at the restaurant were lovely and accomodating. As good as dinner at La Pergola in Rome.
Never disappoints - always a good meal here. Food is amazing as per usual, service is attentive yet doesn't make you feel pressured. Ordered the 7 courses for dinner and left feeling super full and satisfied. Especially loved the scallops - scallops were very big and the tandoori sauce gives an interesting twist to the the scallops. The pea ravioli (?) with crayfish and the dover sole with white asparagus were so good as well. Would 100% recommend!!
Absolutely incredible experience from start to finish. The wait staff were excellent, they anticipated our every need but did not hover needlessly around our table. The food was exceptional, beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. Would recommend a thousand times over and will certainly be back!
Great food had the formula terrific value would eat here every week if I lived in London positively perfect in every way
We had the chicken lunch menu. Amazing food based around the chicken. Excellent staff in a very comfortable opulent room. Not cheap of course but everything is perfect.
Excellent dinner but very concerned about price structure for single glass wind 2x Sav Blanc £36 per glass 1x Chat du Pape £60 1x good ted £70 per single small glass... Mask got caught with usual Lon 12.5% serv charge then left another 13% as dud not see it!! So great place needs to address charging issues...
Excellent meal and service
Excellent as always, Helene Darroze at the Connaught continues to consistently serve high quality French meals in a classic environment.
Really nice,we will back again
Amazing - we had a great lunch - fantastic ambience
What a Michelin two star restaurant should be, in every respect, and what so many are not. The food was delicious (the best pork dish I have ever had anywhere) and beautiful on the plate, the service friendly but coddling, the room gorgeous and elegant. The lunch menu is a bargain, although there are only two choices for each course (with a third at a huge supplement). I would give my meal six stars if I could.
Absolutely fabulous experience. Divine food, friendly, attentive service, great value lunch menu. We will definitely be going back!
The food and wine were absolutely incredible - best I've tried in my life, and way above even what I had eaten at a 3-star place. Just mind-blowing, every bite and every sip. It even inspired me to write a short piece about it, and I'm a software engineer and have never written a word about food before. The service at the restaurant was also excellent.
My only complaint is that I had asked at the restaurant to give me a copy of the wine pairings so I could buy some of these wines for myself, because they were truly exceptional; they took my email and said they'd send it. They didn't, so I emailed them, and again they said they'd send it, and again didn't. I wrote two more emails and they didn't respond to either of them at all. I am not sure what's going on, but after having paid so much money and having received such world-class food and service at the restaurant, it feels weird to be repeatedly silently ignored over email - not even a "Sorry, we don't do that" response. This is why I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5.