I'm generally at my happiest when I'm eating something fattening and around the £6 mark, hence my love of the burrito.
However, it was my mum and dad's birthday (no, they're not twins, but born within a month of each other.) I figured they'd be unimpressed with a Mexican sarnie as their 74th birthday treat. 148 years between them, really quite old, deserves a celebration.
So I splurged and took them here:
So, The Dorchester - ridiculous place really. I worked there as a temp, for 5 days, 18 years ago and got more material about rich people's bad behaviour than I got from years of watching Dynasty and Dallas combined.
Alain Ducasse is one of several restaurants at the hotel and when you walk into the restaurant, you really feel the money in the room. Partly it's the decor and table settings (beautiful, in a very OTT, shimmering, French, super feminine way)
Set lunch is £55. Expensive. But you get a lot of exceptional, high quality, beautifully executed food for your money. Plus 2 glasses of your choice of 4 very good posh wines (white burgundy, Lalande-de-Pomerol, etc.) And coffee and mineral water. So yes, you get what you pay for, and if it's a very special occasion, I'd say it's 'good value'. I've paid more for less at a lot of mid-range restaurants in this City.
Ok, so everything we ate was totally delicious, without fault. Here's the run down:
Freebie 1 - goujeres - which my mum (who is an ace and adventurous cook) used to make us all the time in the 80s.
Then bread and butter - not quite as great as the bacon and caramelised onion brioche at the Ledbury, but not far off. And along with excellently sculpted butter
Then first course - asparagus gnocchi with quail's eggs
My dad had this crazy crayfish salad:
which bizarrely puts me in mind of one of the David Hockney paintings I saw at The Royal Academy this week. (If you haven't been already, go, go, go - it's so cheery and beautiful.)
For mains I had turbot with courgette and peas. Sounds boring but it just so wasn't:
Anyway, back to Alain Ducasse - I highly recommend. Now I'm off to watch Alain DuSugar on iplayer - Happy Easter, one and all x