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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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Cocktails followed by dinner at The Ritz in London is a wonderful treat.  Step through the hallowed portals into another world.  A world where service is discreet but perfect, the cocktails are simply a dream and dinner will always be delicious!  I apologise for my photographs but the camera decided to break down and these are taken with my iPhone.  Very annoying!

FullSizeRender-2The Lobby of The Ritz Hotel

The Rivoli Bar:

You will find one of my favourite bars in London off to the right hand side of the lobby. The Rivoli bar.  Sumptuous and Art Deco in design it is such a comfortable and intimate space to enjoy a perfect cocktail.  You will feel immediately at home with a warm welcome from the Ritz bartenders.  Roberto made me a Ritz 101 cocktail, which was beyond delicious!  This cocktail is made to celebrate the 110 year of The Ritz Hotel and is a wonderful concoction of Vodka, Grand Marnier and peach liquor and Champagne (I might try and make this for my friends at home!).

We were so enchanted by the cocktails that we decided to stay for dinner and were very lucky to get a table because the restaurant was packed!  And no wonder, with impeccable service, one of the most beautiful dining rooms in London and heavenly food by chef John Williams MBE.

IMG_2102-2Dining Room at The Ritz London

Classical french dishes with a modern twist and fresh seasonal British ingredients.  I chose a main course of Native Lobster with Spiced Carrot and Lemon Verbena which was a triumph for the tastebuds.  My guest chose Tournedos of Beef with Watercress, Horseradish and Red wine.  The beef was Aberdeen Angus from Scotland.

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Musicians were playing in the background as we enjoyed our dinner and this made it extra special.  I would love to go back for one of The Ritz Opera evenings. My desert was Hazelnut Semi Fredo, so perfect it seemed a shame to break it open and my guest chose a classic Banana Souffle and both were perfection.IMG_2071-2

Dinner at The Ritz Hotel

Next time I’m going to try the 6 course tasting menu with wine pairing.

If you are in London, definitely either stay at The Ritz, go for a delicious meal or even just a visit to The Rivoli bar!  I promise you will have a very special time!

The Ritz Hotel http://www.theritzlondon.com

Address The Ritz Hotel, 150 Piccadilly, London W1

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7493 8181

For my fashionista friends! I’m wearing a Matthew Williamson dress  Valentino Jacket  Chanel Bag