The anticipated opening of Jean-Georges at The Connaught has arrived and it most certainly doesn’t disappoint. The Connaught was in fact the first London hotel Jean-George ever stayed in, so the opening of the restaurant means it continues to hold a special place in his heart.
The restaurant is ideally positioned at the front of the hotel overlooking Mayfair’s Mount Street. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass, the conservatory is beautifully bright during the day and with its clever design of lighting, more of a moody and atmospheric light joins you after dark. Warming tones of stained glass sit at the top of the windows so even on a day when it’s pouring with rain, as it was when we visited, you soon forget the grey outside and become fully immersed in the surroundings.
The menus have playful and light hearted illustrated covers, designed by French illustrator Jean Jullien which set the scene for the relaxed, all day dining dishes that await you. There are some real crowd pleasing classics; truffled cheeseburger, rigatoni and meatballs, fish & chips all paired with a 5-star-service.
When it came to ordering we wanted to try it all, but agreed that given the buzz across social media following on the opening, the black truffle and fontina pizza had to be ordered to share. It does exactly as it says on the tin; warm cheese, crunchy pizza base and that all important truffle, which thankfully Chef wasn’t sparing with! It was comfort food at its best, which can even be ordered to take away if you would rather enjoy it on your sofa at home!
Moving onto starters, we chose; the tuna tartare, grilled octopus and fresh crab crostini. All of the dishes were wonderfully fresh, clearly reflecting Jean-Georges fresh from the market approach.
When it came to mains we went from all fish to all meat, choosing the truffled cheeseburger, Cornish lamb chops and beef tenderloin. All were perfectly cooked as requested and beautifully presented. Sides included corn with Manchego cheese and jalapeño which was very tasty and a great combination!
Overall it was a really lovely dining experience set within the wow factor surroundings of the conservatory. To be able to enjoy relaxed style dishes but with top drawer service is something that often isn’t found but it’s definitely achieved at Jean-Georges.
The breakfast and afternoon tea menus looked equally as enticing so I’m sure we will be back to work our way through those menus too!
To make a reservation at Jean-Georges, please contact your Lifestyle Manager who will be able to assist.