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Sunday Roast at The Grill, The Dorchester Hotel

15/03/2015

There are many British food traditions I have discovered after moving to London and fell in love with: eggs and bacon for breakfast, scones with clotted cream for afternoon tea, a pint at the pub before supper, frosted multi-layer cakes and Sunday Roast.

Sunday Roast at The Grill restaurant at The Dorchester Hotel in London | Mondomulia

Sunday for me is a day to spend with your family, having a long lunch together. In Italy this means a three-course meal with pasta, meat and dessert. I’m happy to swap the Italian tradition with the British one and go for a nice roast!

Sunday Roast at The Grill restaurant at The Dorchester Hotel in London | Mondomulia

I recently had the opportunity to try the Sunday Roast menu at The Grill, a restaurant in the iconic Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane.

First opened in 1931, The Grill re-opened at the end of last year after having undergone a redesign by Bruno Moinard. Over the years, The Grill has famously been the home of culinary greats and the meeting place of celebrated personalities, world business leaders and royalty.

Sunday Roast at The Grill restaurant at The Dorchester Hotel in London | Mondomulia

I have been to some fancy hotels in London over the past few years, but let me tell you that stepping into The Dorchester gave me goosebumps! Just thinking about all the celebrities that through the decades have sat in this room!

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To me The Dorchester stands out among all the other five-star hotels on Park Lane. It’s because of the 1931 landmark Art Deco building of course, but when you step inside the hotel is even more elegant than I had expected. The renowned Promenade (a long and wide corridor that runs across the hotel) looks dazzling, with low lights, golden details, carpets and flowers.
I didn’t get the chance to explore the hotel (sigh!), but a dinner at The Grill was enough to give me a sense of the luxury and elegance that The Dorchester offers to his guests.
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First established in 1931, The Grill at The Dorchester quickly gained a reputation as the place to be for the finest grill food in London. Last year it closed down briefly for refurbishment and it re-opened at the end of last year. Gone is the Scottish Tartan wallpaper, replaced by pivoting wall panels that create a separate ambience from day to night.
The restaurant also features a striking, hand-blown Murano glass chandelier and contrasting natural materials such as zinc, copper and marble, butterscotch leather seating and oak parquet flooring.
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The Sunday Roast at The Grill is fabulous. Chef Christophe Marleix has created new seasonal menus for the restaurant, but the Sunday Roast is as classic as it should be.

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I had the roast Angus beef from the Rhug Estate organic farm in Denbighshire – which was brought to our table and cut on a carving trolley. It was served with gravy and of course with all the traditional side dishes: roasted seasonal vegetables, crunchy roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.

The Grill uses the finest, locally produced ingredients possible and meats from the best of British terroir.

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I was at The Grill with a group of bloggers, so we decided to order all the desserts to share: Pastry Chef Ludovic Cuny’s own Cheesecake was my favourite dessert, but the Bread and Butter pudding and lemon meringue were also fantastic.

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The Sunday Roast menu at The Grill costs £48 and is available from 12.30 – 2.30pm every Sunday. I would definitely recommend trying the restaurant for a special occasion, such as Mother’s Day today. The Dorchester truly is a spectacular location and so you won’t be disappointed!

Disclaimer: I was a guest of The Dorchester. All opinions are my own.

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