Dinner at The Grill, The Dorchester Hotel London

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La vie est belle, especially when you are invited to lovely evenings at The Dorchester Hotel London by one of your favourite bloggers!  Arzo from Arzo Travels http://www.arzotravels.com writes a wonderful blog, so take a look.  We enjoyed a lovely dinner together in The Grill restaurant.

The Dorchester Hotel, London

The Dorchester Hotel in London is one of the top hotels in the city, home to many a famous movie star during their trips to London.  A beautiful Hotel and meal in a good restaurant makes for an intoxicatingly special evening! http://www.dorchestercollection.com  Situated on Park Lane overlooking the Park, this is the best address in London!

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Lobby of The Dorchester Hotel London

The chef Christophe Marlieux has created seasonal menus incorporating the signature dishes of the restaurant alongside more contemporary offerings.  I loved the cool vibe of the refurbished Grill, with the spectacular Murano glass chandelier dominating the room. I remember many a happy meal in the old Grill but change is good in this case!

Dinner at The Grill:

We chose from the a la carte menu.  I only eat vegetarian and fish and Arzo is a vegetarian.  The vegetarian dishes could be more interesting and varied, I would like to see a vegetarian dish not involving mushrooms please chef!

I really enjoyed the wine pairing by Salvatore, the Sommelier.  He is  a fun and funky Sommelier and if you dine here I would ask him to pair the menu, his choices were not expensive but interesting and I enjoyed them very much.

Starter:

My Starter was the Stone bass gravlax, semolina and artichoke.  Complex flavours and an interesting dish.

IMG_2226-2Stone bass Gravlax, semolina and artichoke £19

Salvatore paired this with a glass of Chenin blanc, which was a nice light touch with the Gravlax.  One of my tips for dining is to ask for Sommelier recommendations, often they have some carefully chosen gems that you may miss on the wine menu.  Don’t be afraid to ask for a certain price range, that is their job and they will enjoy doing it.

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Main Course:

This was followed by Grilled John Dory, broad beans and peas, quinoa, cooking jus.  Delicious and the wine choice was one of my favourites a white Chateauneuf du Pape and I would have chosen this wine myself.

IMG_2228-3Grilled John Dory, broad beans and peas, Quinoa, cooking juice £38

This would make an excellent vegetarian dish without the fish!  I, like most people these days, enjoy eating healthy well prepared food with delicious ingredients with out heavy rich sauces.  Marlieux is excelling in this quest and it is nice to see that he has his own modern, clean food style a world away from the heavy sauces of his mentor Alain Ducasse.

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Paired with a delicious Chateauneuf du Pape

The dessert:

The dessert was an iconic chocolate dish and perfect choice!

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Essentially Chocolate Dessert £13

Sommelier Salvatore introduced me to a dessert wine that was a triumph with the chocolate.  It was with  trepidation that I sampled this because I hate sweet wines.  However, this was rich and bold not sweet and will definitely make an appearance at my dinner table!

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I will definitely be back to try more of the wonderful dishes offered on the menu and recommend this restaurant if you are visiting London.  Beautiful room and delicious food.  My only request is more non meat options please! Christophe Marlier is an exciting chef and I love his food.

I would love to stay at the hotel for a couple of days, why don’t you try it out?

We were guests of The Dorchester Hotel http://www.dorchestercollection.com

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