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The Dorchester’s top-notch restaurants like Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and The Grill at The Dorchester offer easy access to great meals, but if you feel like staying in, the room service menu is a good fallback. Have an all-out affair with a traditional English breakfast — cereal, two organic eggs, two strips of bacon, a sausage link, black and white pudding, a hash brown, grilled mushrooms, tomato and a bread basket (with pastries, rolls and croissants). It also comes with your choice of juice (orange, grapefruit, carrot, apple, pineapple, cranberry, prune, tomato or, our pick, passion fruit) and hot beverage (tea, coffee or hot chocolate). In a hurry? Opt for bacon and eggs on an onion yeast roll among the takeaway selections.
For other meals, peruse the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s all-day dining menu section. Light fare includes housemade soups, like shellfish bisque with saffron and spicy lentil, as well as Caesar and garden salads. Or try decadent dishes like beluga or osetra caviar comes with buckwheat blini, chopped egg and onion, sour cream and chives, or a burger topped with truffle mayonnaise, truffle shavings and pan-fried foie gras. Build your own plate with a choice of seafood (ranging from Dover sole to Scottish lobster thermidor) or meat (sirloin, lamb cutlets and more) and sides (like mashed potatoes or seasonal greens). There’s also a host of Asian dishes, including biryani with chutney, pickle and raita and prawn curry. Or skip right to dessert and order the blueberry financier with clotted cream ice cream or the panettone bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard.
If the liquor in the mini-bar doesn’t suffice, the room service menu offers champagne and wines by the glass or bottle, including Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV, Karam Winery Cloud Nine 2010 and Château Boutisse, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. Other beverage choices include beers (ranging from Becks to Peroni), soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, 7Up) and water (Speyside, Evian, Perrier).