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You’ll have plenty to eat and drink at The Dorchester, since the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is home to seven restaurants and bars. Here’s what we recommend ordering:
1. The fillet of beef Rossini at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. This top dish from Ducasse plates the beef fillet with a slice of foie gras, crunchy cos lettuce and rich Périgueux sauce.
2. Tea at The Promenade. During the afternoon, the London hotel’s impressive Promenade fills up with locals and tourists who want a spot of tea. The crowds come out for finger sandwiches like egg salad with shiso cress on white bread and smoked salmon on granary bread; raisin and plain scones with housemade strawberry jam and clotted cream; and a rotating menu of French pastries. Try to reserve a seating at one of the special themed teas. During Chinese New Year, tea is served with dim sum. For the Chelsea Flower Show, desserts are made to look like blooms, and the Wimbledon tea offers cakes in the shape of tennis balls.
3. Gin and tonic at The Bar at The Dorchester. The cozy bar has a special menu dedicated to this classic drink featuring the luxury hotel’s bespoke bitters. Take your tonic with the Dorchester Old Tom, an original gin recipe from the early 17th century.
4. Baba with rum at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. This deceptively simple-looking dessert is a great finisher. The brioche-like baba cake is topped with lightly whipped cream and drenched in your choice of rum.
5. Beef at The Grill at The Dorchester. At the Mayfair hotel’s modern British eatery, meat is the way to go. For an upgraded quintessential British experience, order the Black Angus fillet with liquid mushroom ravioli.