[London] Has anybody been to Alain Ducasse recently?
I'm heading over to London in a few weeks and I have a lunch free that needs filling; it's a toss-up between Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and Pied a Terre. It would be a lunch menu with ~2gls wine. Any thoughts appreciated!
Hi Steve, I did the weekday lunch menu at Ducasse a at the back end of last year and really enjoyed it. It gets a bad press for the third star but the lunch we had was excellent and the service was some of the best I've had in London. The menu has changed since then but the way the deal is structured with amuse bouche, water, wine, coffee and petit fours included makes it feel incredibly good value. Our bill came to less than £100 with service.
I've not tried the Pied a Terre lunch but it does got a brilliant report from a friend recently for quality/value so I think it's fair to say you can't really go wrong with your choice.
Ducasse's lunch menu is one of the best for the price in town. Just like at Gavroche its £45 all in, which makes it a steal. The service is top notch, the food generally very good, although the a la carte is of course a notch above and the whole experience has become much more refined over the last few months.
If one chooses wisely, one can have a solid 3* meal. MAybe they should take off one dish per section, as there always seems to be one that is a bit less good than the others. But, generally speaking, the standard is now very high there.
Pied a Terre is also good. Maybe not quite as strong on the food side. But not far away neither. There the difference between lunch menu and alc is not big at all.