Inside a lavish London hotel is Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, named after a celebrated French chef. The property is a fitting setting for the fine-dining restaurant, which features its own opulent decor made almost exclusively of custom elements.
Dishes like seaweed meringue with liver parfait, wild sea bass and Wagyu beef with fermented peppers and béarnaise sauce grace the French tasting menu developed by Darroze and head chef Marco Zampese. Guests can choose from six courses for $180 or eight for $210, and the courses change depending on the season and the local bounty.
Along with the sumptuous cuisine and decor is an equally impressive wine list of 2,500-selections managed by wine director Daniel Manetti. Supported by a 50,000-bottle cellar, the list focuses on classic growing regions and producers, boasting substantial vintage depth and a by-the-glass program of 60 options. Several prestigious pours are available via Coravin, such as Pétrus Pomerol 1994 and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Echézeaux 2005. Top French wines are well-represented with noted selections from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Rhône and the Loire. Additions from Tuscany and California, along with a robust collection of fortified wines and sake, balance out the offerings.