The Grill at The Dorchester
Restaurant in London
The Grill at The Dorchester is a delightful down-to-earth restaurant in the heart of Mayfair offering a twist on modern British cuisine.
Don’t be put off by the fact it is located at The Dorchester, which to some may seem a bit daunting when you first step inside. But once you have made your way through the lobby and hotel guests and turned right into The Grill, you will soon feel at ease in this warm almost what I call ‘Alice in Wonderland’ setting with its large high back red sofas, tartan covered chairs and warm shades of yellow. You however, may just say it has a very Scottish ambience!
So what’s on the menu?
There is a good selection of fish appetisers and if you like smoked salmon and gravadlax, I really recommend you start with that, as they carve it at the table right in front of you (see photos below) - it’s a work of art! We also opted for the slightly unusual but very tasty line caught mackerel with cucumber and avocado mousse.
For our main course we stuck with fish, as heavy meat on a hot day just didn’t seem right. So it was the lemon sole fillets with bacon, fennel and potato puree for my companion, which comes from Cornwall and the Dover Sole for me with some Jersey New Potatoes and a side of spinach.
If you still have room left, you might be tempted by one of their absolutely beautifully presented desserts such as a citrus and banana parfait with rum ice cream and coconut foam or berry jelly with milk mousse and dill meringues. They also have a stilton and Cornish Yarg cheese trolley.
For those of you who have never been to The Grill before, you might like to try the extremely good value ‘Menu of The Day’ with a choice if three starters, four mains and four desserts.
The Wine List
The Grill stocks an impressive 500 or different wines in its cellars. It’s Champagne list is extensive and as well as serving the more traditional Champagnes like the Laurent-Perrier, Brut Rosé we started with, they also stock come wonderful Artisan Champagnes from small producers. As it was a hot day and we were eating fish we opted for a fresh white 2010 Spanish Hermanos Lurton, Verdejo Rueda, which hit the mark perfectly! On quizzing the Sommelier I have to say I was also really impressed to learn that they happen to stock one of my favourite Chardonnays from California - Kendall Jackson Reserve - which I have only ever seen in the US. So a big tick in the box from me!
Would I come back?
Yes, absolutely. I was pleasantly surprised by just how down to earth the restaurant is given its location. The staff are not at all snobbish and I found the service to be first class and the staff delightful. As the for the food - excellent!
Open for Breakfast Monday to Friday from 7am to 10:30am and from 8am to 11am at the weekends. Lunch Monday to Friday from 12noon to 2:30pm; Saturday from 12:30pm to 3pm (3:30pm Sunday). Dinner Monday to Friday from 6:30pm to 10:30pm; Saturday from 6:30pm to 11pm; Sunday 7pm to 10:30pm.
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Advisable|
|Dietary Requirements Accommodated||Yes|
|Clientele||Locals, visitors to the city & the curious|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Romance, Doing business, Meeting up with friends, Special occasions|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Dining Options||Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner|
You are transported in to an Alice in Wonderland world in this warm and cosy restaurant which is just so different to any other room in The Dorchester.
Menu of The Day: £23 for two courses, £27 for three courses. À la carte: Starters from £14.50; Mains from £17.50. Wine by the glass from £6; bubbles from £14 a glass.
Last updated on 31-10-2012