Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

London, UK

Acclaimed chef Hélène Darroze, on whom the character of Colette in Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille was based, took over the dining room of The Connaught from Angela Hartnett in 2008. Decor is quintessentially English – mahogany furniture and wood-panelled walls – while the philosophy entails taking superlative seasonal ingredients and allowing each individual element to shine. An unconventional ‘menu’ takes the form of a solitaire board set with 16 marbles, each bearing the day’s ingredients, with which guests signal their preferences – and trust – to the kitchen. Regardless of their decisions, diners can expect culinary craft of the highest order.

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The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

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