It had been long rumoured that Alain Ducasse was expanding his empire at the Dorchester and taking over their Grill Room, and today more details became clear.
The Grill at the Dorchester will be run by Ducasse protégé Christophe Marleix who is in the kitchen as Head Chef. Marleix comes here from Ducasse's restaurant at the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris.
The new menu will focus heavily on grill favourites plus there'll be a signature lobster chowder.
Dishes they've released so far as a teaser include:
- Coddled egg, crayfish and herb fricassee £19
- Lemon sole ‘goujonettes & chips’, homemade tartare sauce £17
- Free-range Black Leg chicken ‘street corner’ potatoes, toasted country bread (for two - £30 per person)
- Organic Aberdeen Angus beef tournedos, bone marrow, Yorkshire pudding, Bordelaise sauce £46
- Large White Cross pork belly cooked seven hours then grilled with onions/gherkin/mustard marmalade £32
We also rather like the sound of the 'finest souffle collection' they'll be putting on for dessert using unique ingredients from around the world.
As for design - just take a look at this amazing video which demonstrates how automated mirror panels change the room from day to evening with the flick of a switch
The Grill at the Dorchester booking line officially opens on Monday 27th October but they're doing priority booking now between 24 and 26 October. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 317 6531. The restaurant itself opens on Friday 14 November 2014.