The Grill at The Dorchester — London, UK
All too often, hotel restaurants become relics of the past; their crumbling walls and stale carpets preserved to maintain an atmosphere of history and narrative. Not so at The Grill at The Dorchester, the showcase restaurant at London’s grand dame that has recently undergone an interior overhaul to bring it into the 21st century. Guided by Bruno Moinard, the redesign of the space is a dramatic reincarnation of The Grill’s former self. Gone is the tartan upholstery of yore; in its place lies a slick medley of zinc, copper and marble. Antique mirrors, silver brushed oak flooring and a Murano glass chandelier provide a restrained quality of antiquity, while the menu, devised by Alain Ducasse’s protégé Christophe Marleix, is a crowd-pleasing mix of grill food, rotisserie and signature favourites, rounded off with a unique dessert soufflé menu.