Have a throwback Tuesday post for you.
Rewind 2 years back when I did the Trans-Siberian and ended up in London to visit my best friend.
A whirlwind 3-4 day stay in London which consisted of mostly just eating and not a lot of sightseeing. Granted, I have been to London before.
Best friend organised an awesome treat, knowing what a foodie I am, had booked lunch for us a the Michelin star restaurant of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. I actually visited The Dorchester two days in a row – once for high tea and again for the lunch.
The Alain Ducasse experience, as it is, is very impressive. Service was impeccable. Most of the waitstaff are actually from France.
Enjoy the photo journey below.
Hotel lobby – this shot (I took) is actually pretty similar to the one that is on their website. It’s incredibly hard to get a frame without anyone walking through it.
We are escorted to our table:
Wine is ordered, of course:
Yummy bread is served to whet the appetite:
This was like mochi bread balls: super light and airy:
And fancy butters:
First up, is the cold soup (fret not, it’s meant to be cold). The soup dish (shaped like an egg) is pretty cool:
Fish and potatoes for main. But these ain’t your ordinary fish and chips.
Besties enjoying good food:
And this dish was yum:
We were seated closest to the outdoor window area which gave a lot of natural light rather than indoors where the mood lighting is more dim.
Food was excellent and service was amazing.
Dessert was plentiful.
We had chosen a dessert each but were also served a petit four arrangement – we didn’t really need to order dessert.
Little gold nuggets:
I had to try a bite of everything!
And these as well. And these were all the desserts we didn’t actually order!
I went for the chocolate dessert:
And Em went the berry dessert:
Teapot servings won my heart, as did the teacup design:
Good times. Hard to believe this was 2 years ago:
The cutest teacups ever:
The dining experience was pretty awesome. But the food wasn’t even the best part. The highlight was going backstage into the kitchen of a Michelin star restaurant. I’ve only had 2 Michelin dining experiences – one in Tokyo and this in London, and each time, I’ve been able to meet the chefs. In Tokyo, I got a snapshot with one of the chefs but no entry into the kitchen. Here, we got to go a little tour backstage. Felt like such a kitchen roadie/foodie(?). Was a huge expected delightful bonus.
The pastry corner:
As Em so eloquently phrased it, I was as happy as a pig in mud.
Also got a photo in the kitchen with the head maitre’d but I won’t post that up but everyone was super friendly and obliging.
Whilst we were seated near the windows, this is what the inside main dining area looks like:
The cordoned off, private table:
And to top off this wonderful experience, we got a little goodie bag to take home. I wonder if this is standard at all Michelin restaurants, because I also received a goodie bag at Rabuchon in Tokyo as well.
Some sweets to take home:
Wonderful experience shared with a great friend.
Am very tempted to dine at his Tokyo restaurant now.