food, London Life, Reflection

Lunch at the Dorchester

Since my parents decided to get remarried in June this year before jetting off to Abu Dhabi for their summer vacation, there was a definite cause for celebration. After the ceremony, on a bright Wednesday morning in the capital, they had picked The Grill Room at the infamous Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane in Mayfair as the venue for their festivities.

Black Mercedes E Class
Needing to arrive in style.

Dating back to the 1930’s, the design of the restaurant itself blends the iconic image of grandeur often associated with the hotel together with a more contemporary luxury. The Grill is described as ‘a sparkling jewel of zinc, copper and glass’ following a recent renovation, with the recent works showcasing the chefs in the kitchen and an opulent bar area.

opulent bar setting

One of the most famous dishes on offer at The Grill would have to be their blue lobster chowder, followed closely by their beef burger, which I vowed to try should I ever return.

As we were there for lunch at 2pm, we did not get to see the pivoting walls which apparently alternate depending on it being day or night time. It is this sort of feature I often wonder if I would even notice a variation in wall decor should I return at a different time of day.

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Haddock and salmon fish cake
That ‘special’ of the day for the special day.
Yes, this ice cream is shiny.

I opted for the haddock and salmon fish cake with fennel and a seasonal salad followed by the special of the day which consisted of lamb shoulder with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. I picked a chocolate pudding for dessert without the vanilla custard it came with. The pudding was the only thing even marginally disappointing as there were dates in the cake, which I have never been too fond of. My mum picked a souffle for dessert which looked a lot more promising.

Cheddar cheese souffle
Half a cow on a plate.

Other dishes around the table that day included a cheddar cheese souffle with herbs as a starter and dressed crab, which always makes me visualise a crab in a little shirt and tie. ๐Ÿฆ€ Beef fillet and 10oz rib eye steaks were also served for main courses that day as well as two glasses of Verve Cliquot champagne each.

After lunch, it was picture time. Me and my Mr were keen on photographing as much of the day as possible so we could create a photo album for my parents with shots they would actually want to look at. The entrance to The Dorchester provides a tastefully ostentatious background for a range of pictures. From giant flower arrangements to ornate ornamental displays, there was a vast array of places to capture.

Exhibit A. The giant flower arrangements.

It is pretty safe to say that lunch at The Grill at The Dorchester Hotel was what can only be described as a marvelous occasion, and that is not a word I use very often. It was the perfect place to celebrate after my mum and dad said “I do” (again).

Would you consider visiting The Grill for any of your special celebrations? Let me know in the comments below.

29 thoughts on “Lunch at the Dorchester”

  1. The Dorchester Hotel is some next level fanciness! Pretty cool that the restaurant has been around for almost 90 years! I love the dishes that were brought out. They look crafted to perfection. Mmmm, you can’t go wrong with fish cakes. Glad it was a great experience!

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thank you for reading and for your comment Nancu โ™ฅ It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon celebrating and I really want to go back and try their burger! It sounded next level delish! x

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  2. The souffle was outstanding I can recommend it….wasn’t too keen on the crab starter bit gritty…..but the champagne and company were perfect…..thank you for being part of our day๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. Awww, thank you for inviting me and my Mr to your day โ™ฅ It was wonderful and the lunch here made it really special. I would like to try a different dessert b/c I was not too keen on my cake ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but what I really want is the famous burger #NextTime! x

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  3. Wow! Looks like a great dining experience and itโ€™s good to hear you had a brilliant time. I live in London so Iโ€™ll have to check this place out for a special occasion or treat โ˜บ๏ธ Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Congratulations to your parents! What a wonderful way to celebrate as well. The Dorchester looks fantastic.

    I always look at posh food and think ‘Nah not for me’ but this food looks amazing!

    Thank you for sharing and I hope they have a great time away x

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    1. It was truly a wonderful afternoon. I’m already looking for a reason to go back for the burger they had, it sounded delicious! I know completely what you mean, so many times these places have like tiny portions and/or ridiculous flavour combinations for hundreds of pounds per plate! There was alot of menu searching before they settled on this place.

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