What can you tell us about Hélène Darroze at The Connaught?
The restaurant recently joined a very elite group of UK establishments prestigious enough to be awarded three Michelin stars - so right now, it's a very big deal.
Hélène has been running the restaurant at the Connaught for over a decade (alongside the two Michelin-starred Marsan in Paris among others). Recently refurbed, it's serves a high end French/European menu. As with all restaurants at the moment, it's closed - but they've just launched Hélène a la Maison, a way to get their three Michelin starred experience delivered.
What kind of cooking know-how is needed from me?
Very little. It is a finish-at-home job and delivered early in the day for dinner that evening. However, many of the dishes are completely ready to eat and plated to perfection in little star-shaped boxes of delight. The few that do need heating are just put into the oven as they are. At this level of cooking, it's been one of the most straightforward meals to get onto the table that we've had delivered.
And the kind of food?
It's very similar to the restaurant - a parade of small but very rich dishes, with a great amount of skill evident throughout. Here's what we had on the night:
How much does the menu change?
While the same overall structure stays in place, the menu shifts from week to week. Even dishes which do stay on the menu - like the XXL Scallops have some changes, as another week's menu paired those with Tandoori spices, carrot and citrus. So while it is definitely high-end, the service does bear regular revisiting.
How about drink?
The dinner itself can be pimped up by choosing to upgrade to add a half bottle of Krug, but a select list of wines is available to choose from too, prices starting at around £20 or heading up to £495 for a 2015 Montrachet Grand Cru, Domaine Thénard if you're feeling particularly spendy.
Hélène a la Maison delivers a meal that really feels like it comes from a Michelin starred kitchen - high-end cooking that would be nigh-on impossible to replicate yourself. Not only that, but it pulls this off with very little work needed from yourself. Given the intricacy of what's on the plate here, it was a breeze to get on the table and enjoy. If you're missing going out to a fancy restaurant, this is a great way to get them to come to you. Plus, given that it's currently one of only two three Michelin star restaurant in the country doing delivery, it really stands out from the crowd.
Hot Dinners received our Helene Darroze dinner as a gift. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
More about Helene a la Maison
How much? From £195 for two.
Delivery range: London delivery only, up to 8 miles from the Connaught.
When do they deliver? Fridays and Saturdays
How to book: On their website
Find out more: Follow them on Instagram @helenedarrozeattheconnaught.
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