Helene Darroze at The Connaught


French | Mayfair, Belgravia

One of the main restaurants at prestigious London hotel The Connaught, this is run by French Chef Helene Darroze. Expect high-end French dining that has won the restaurant three Michelin stars. After a recenti-ish major refurbishment it now has an impressive new chef's table.

Restaurant details

The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
Nearest tube: 
Bond Street
Telephone number: 020 3147 7200
Michelin star 3 Michelin stars


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The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL


Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner London Magazine Estimated score
Reviewed on July 22, 2012
"(The waffles) are crisp outside, soft within, and yield up a little puff of steam as we cut into them. They are heaven." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on December 14, 2008
"This dish exemplified the arrogance-cum-colonial mentality of the French kitchen that regards all other culinary traditions as lesser, and therefore to be played with in any way they see fit. It was a clumsy, nasty plate of food." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed on September 20, 2008
"And so it is, this cooking in which Darroze infuses imagination, flair and absolute mastery of classical French technique with those self-consciously eclectic touches..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on September 16, 2008
"Flavours throughout are gutsy and vivid, those of Darroze's home turf, Landes in France's gastronomic south-western heartland." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on August 31, 2008
"I’m sorry. I had just such an awful time." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Boo Murphy Vogue Estimated score
Reviewed on August 21, 2008
"I do hope they get it right, though I can't see that the Darroze's idiotic gentrification of Provencal cuisine has any legs." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on August 02, 2008
"...we left feeling that the food, although good, doesn't quite live up to all the worshipful rigmarole that surrounds it. Over-seasoned, over-attentive and over here, was my facile summary." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Andy Hayler Andy Hayler's Restaurant Guide
Reviewed on August 01, 2008
"Overall this was assured, classy French cooking. The produce used was superb e.g. the terrific Irish salmon, the perfect French peach, and technique was very good." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed by August 01, 2008
"So – one of our most expensive meals ever in London, and one of the worst. Come back the ancien régime." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on July 31, 2008
"We’d expected old-fashioned French technique; instead, we had a succession of top-quality ingredients which were almost rustic in the intensity of their flavours" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on July 23, 2008
"It is a shame the cooking of this interesting and adventurous chef in a hotel that is a London treasure is hedge-funded by fixed-price menus. Lunch is "only" £39. Maybe that is the time to go." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Jasper Gerard Telegraph
Reviewed on July 18, 2008
"This is hugely accomplished cooking and the Connaught could join the top half-dozen restaurants in London." READ REVIEW