If you’re a self-proclaimed foodie, you may have considered delving into the world of Michelin starred restaurants at some point in your life. Although it can be incredibly overpriced at times, there are plenty of lunch menus that don’t have to break the bank, with dozens of 1 Michelin starred restaurants offering 3 course meals for as low as £30 in London. With 2 Michelin stars, Helene Darroze at the Connaught is not one of those places, but celebrating a special occasion can often justify a ‘treat yoself’ moment, which this certainly was. Although Chris and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary in lockdown, we vowed to go to a fancy joint once we were free to do so, and Helene’s ‘Summer Tasting Menu’ definitely fit the bill.
Advertised as 7 courses, this tasting menu actually ended up being about 14 courses with all the little treats on the side. Though I was never quite able to guage what a restaurant would have to do in order to receive the coveted second Michelin star, after experiencing this menu, I now understand. With impeccable service and clever flavours, it was certainly a gastronomic experience I’ll never forget.
Below is a picture of every course, as well as a link to the menu at the bottom:
The dish that stood out to me was the lamb main, which despite the surprisingly dainty plating, was packed full of strong, well-balanced flavours. I also really recommend the raspberry pre-dessert which you can’t get as part of the five course version of this menu. Whilst reviews online highlight how filling the seven course menu is (and it really is!), not trying the sorrel sorbet with various elements of raspberry (an absolute revelation) would be an incredible shame! I could probably go on and on about how amazing the spiced scallop was, and how the saltiness of a kalamata olive paired with chocolate is an absolutely sensational idea, but I really don’t want to ruin the little surprises the chefs have in store for you.
The dinner lasted for 3 hours in total and we definitely left feeling very satisfied. But a word of warning, the drink prices are a tad extortionate and can definitely bankrupt you if you’re not careful – a bottle of VOSS water is a staggering £13 and a standard glass of wine starts at £20. If you’re intending on drinking, I’d go to a nearby bar prior to your reservation. 🙂
If you do visit, let me know what you think in the comments!