Helene Darroze Opens a Restaurant at the Connaught

Part of the historic five-star hotel's £70 million restoration, the noted French chef's eponymous restaurant opened on Bastille Day to an eagerly waiting, exclusive clientele.

Ambience Designed by the hip Parisian architect India Mahdavi, the tasteful white-, brown- and mustard-themed dining room is peppered with artisanal twists, like a contemporary metal chandelier and handmade Traditional Arts silverware.

Drinks Start with a cocktail next door in the hotel's Coburg Bar, which features a drinks menu organized by date, including the pre-1800 Sour Family and the 1850s Blue Blazer. Upon arriving at the restaurant, diners are offered a glass of the champagne du jour, while the sommelier explains the 30,000-bottle wine cellar.

Food Darroze, who earned two Michelin stars for her Paris restaurant, presents signature dishes like foie gras prepared au torchon, served with apricot chutney, and a thick hake steak with chives and Idiazabal cheese crust, coco beans and chorizo. A special dessert menu pairs different coffees and teas with chocolates made by Pierre Hermé, Paris's celebrated "Picasso of pastry."

Service The expertly choreographed restaurant staff caters to every need. And before leaving, each diner receives a personalized miniature menu as a souvenir of the meal.