Dining in Mayfair

Saturday, September 18th , 2021

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The Dorchester Grill was ignored by Michelin this year, but it has a talented chef, an appealing menu and prices that are actually not that high given the location e.g. there is a set lunch for £30 available. We had some excellent dishes, including a much improved lobster thermidor tart and a lovely veal sweetbread dish. I have had far worse Michelin starred meals than this.

Hakassan Mayfair is a very reliable restaurant, the food being extremely consistent and the service silky smooth. It is never a cheap meal, but ingredients are pretty good e.g. the har gau uses langoustines instead of prawns, and a pork dish used Iberico pork rather than a cheaper piece of meat that you might find in most Chinese restaurants. Hakkasan is not adventurous but they add a few unusual dishes on the menu from time to time e.g. there was an excellent dim sum dumpling with purple sweet potato.