If there weren’t already enough reasons – namely Helene Darroze’s restaurant and The Connaught Bar – to visit The Connaught Hotel, the arrival of the Jean-Georges eatery makes it an even more irresistible address in London’s Mayfair.
This all-hours informal dining room serves up some of French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s classic and creative dishes. The menu showcases a selection of French and Asian flavours including tuna tartare on avocado with a spicy ginger sauce, fontina cheese and black truffle pizza and peach candy floss with red currant ginger juice and almond mousse.
The restaurant is found in the hotel’s glass conservatory. The room sparkles with light and colour, it feels like a special place to be eating, despite the casual and relaxed service. The sommelier chose us a deliciously unique wine to accompany our meal.
There is something for everyone on the lengthy menu, and if you’re feeling flash there is even a caviar section. We chose a few dishes from each list, it arrived looking and smelling delicious. There were a few obvious winners on the table… from the starters, the grilled octopus with smashed potatoes and paprika mayonnaise was sublime; an indulgent and smoky seafood plate of food with lots of creamy homemade mayonnaise and a touch of spice.
From the main courses, the Cornish lamb chops with crispy onions, mint puree and cucumber yoghurt was my favourite. The finest quality meat with fresh zingy herbs and a rich yoghurt sauce. If you can fit it in I also recommend ordering a pizza… the truffle pizza is luxurious and moreish, or go for the Mushroom pizza topped with three cheeses and a farm egg.
The desserts were rather more wacky than the rest of the menu. Iced milk with caramelised puffed rice, milk jam sorbet and milk foam was very pretty but wasn’t so exciting to eat and I found the whole dish too sweet. Peach Candy floss with red currant ginger juice, peach sorbet, almond mousse and fresh & roasted peach was a more enjoyable fruity palate-cleanser.
Jean-Georges is not cheap, with main courses around £30 and desserts at £12 each, but in the heart of Mayfair it is to be expected. On the whole this new eatery is a great addition to the culinary collection at The Connaught and I imagine it will become a favourite with those working and staying in the area.
More information and book a table at Jean-Georges here.