I adore The Connaught hotel, nestled on Carlos Place in Mayfair. I frequent The Connaught Bar regularly for cocktails and named it one of my favourite 11 favourite London Hotel Cocktail Bars, as well as named it as one of my 5 favourite bars for a Cuban Mojito, which is usually my drink of choice.
The opening of Jean-Georges at The Connaught has been one on my radar and on a rare date night, my husband managed to (after much determination), get us a table on the opening night, of this very welcome addition to Mayfair, an area I absolutely love and in one of the most iconic hotels in London.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a seriously impressive chef – world renowned and highly prolific with more than 24 restaurants globally, and his 3 michelin star restaurant in New York, Jean-Georges, has been high on my bucket list for years. One to still tick off!
The London foray offers more casual and all-day dining, where you can start with either breakfast, have a lovely lunch, indulge in afternoon tea or have a wonderful dinner. The breakfast menu has intrigued me, and so I will definitely be back for that, especially as I spotted Dosa on it. The executive is Anshu Anghotra, and he has an impressive career too.
As we walked into the stunning, light and spacious room I loved it at first sight and knew that it would become a place I would be dining at regularly. There is also a conservatory area, which would be fabulous on a bright day as a spot to people spot from, as well as feel like you are dining alfresco. I loved the light grey low seats and the continental decor. You will have to excuse my photos as it was night time!
Thanks to the lovely folk at The Connaught, we had a superb table next to the bar, with a great vantage point of the entire room. They even spoiled us with glasses of champagne, which was such a lovely gesture.
Some amuse bouche arrived, for us to start our evening with, which was made with Truffle and Comté cheese, and divine.
We also had a delicious bread basket which had ciabatta slices as well as home made Swedish rye bread, which was the chef’s grandma’s recipe, and decadent, especially with home churned butter, which was creamy and rather addictive. We are big butter addicts and so this was a real pleasure.
When we had to make our choices from the menu, I was certain of what I was having, as had been lusting over it on social media – The Black Truffle e & Fontina Pizza. I am a huge fan of Truffle, especially after going Truffle hunting in Tuscany, and I am rather fussy about Pizza, after being a Pizzaiola for the day in Naples. This pizza is made the authentic way, in an Italian Pavesi pizza oven, which is wood fired, and gives the pizza that charred crust that makes the pizza that extra bit delicious.
The pizza certainly lived up to the hype and was just sensational. I would say this is a must order dish every time! It can even be ordered as a takeaway, and served in a box with a design by French illustrator Jean Jullien.
Amit chose the Parmesan Crusted Chicken beautifully served with a zesty Lemon-Basil Sauce and Artichokes.
He couldn’t decide between the Cornish Lamb Chops, which are served with Crispy Onions, a Mint Puree and Cucumber Yogurt or the chicken, so I know what he will be trying next time. He loved the chicken though and it was devoured very quickly – a testament to how tasty it was.
For our sides, we had the Sautéed Summer Corn with Manchego Cheese and Jalapeno, which was like comfort food in a bowl.
For this meal we skipped starters, but I would be keen to try them next time.
Dessert was what I was absolutely excited about, especially being a Mojito lover. I had read the menu prior to dining at Jean-Georges at The Connaught and had spotted Raspberry Mojito. I can’t think of a dessert more perfect for me than this – it was superb.
It combined lemon and Mint Curd, a Mojito Sorbet, Raspberries, and a Demerara Sugar Meringue and was zesty,, delicious and so refreshing and perfect as a palate cleanser too!
The rest of the dessert selection gives me an extra reason to come back, as all eyes are on the Chocolate Caramel Peanuts and the Iced milk for next time! The Afternoon Tea menu also looks very delightful and so that has been firmly added to the list of Afternoon Teas to try too!
It was an incredible meal and perfect evening, and the service was exceptional. I highly recommend it and the Mayfair dining scene has a brand new jewel!
For more information, menus and to book visit the website here.