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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🦀 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.
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.