Recently we were lucky enough to enjoy an absolute dream of a wedding present – the tasting menu by Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. A seven course meal, with seven carefully chosen drinks which would complement the food.
Slightly daunted at the thought, we were a little unsure quite what to expect but when we were taken to our table in the dining room, we were put at our ease by the professional and numerous staff. We were blown away by the service, the attention to detail and the pure theatre of the experience. Attentive but discreet staff made sure everything happened at the right time.
The crab course with a pink champagne to enhance the flavours was my absolute favourite - I ate a mouthful, enjoyed it, tasted the champagne, drifted away for a moment or two until my husband asked me, ‘what’s it like?’ I took a second before I replied, ‘it’s like diamonds’ – he looked at me like I’d gone into another world and then took a sip himself… ‘Like diamonds… oh I see what you mean!’ The flavours, the bubbles, everything combined just danced on my tastebuds – even now after a number of days, having eaten different meals and drinks, I can still recall the tastes and experience as if it had just happened.
I can honestly say that the performance of the serving waiters, completely synchronized down to the pouring of the sauces, was spectacular. At the end of the evening, a trolley with petit fours arrived – two carefully filled bags were then given to us to enjoy on our way home or maybe we’d wait until we got home! Each course wasn’t huge, but it was plenty and we couldn’t finish the last chocolates or bite sized cakes after our meal and they went into the bags to take home.
Was it a bit over the top – maybe – it’s not the sort of place that we eat at on a regular basis, it was a once in a lifetime treat – memorable because it was so completely different to anything else we’d ever experienced. Would we go back? Yes – like a shot!
And the finishing touch to the evening was the cabbie. He took us to Victoria station to catch our train, chatted all the way and then after hearing it was a wedding present, really special evening and all that, we discovered that we lived about 5 miles from his home – he knocked off early and drove us home for free. He saved us waiting on a chilly platform, changing trains and a taxi ride home the other end too. What a legend. All in all it was a perfect evening – and the bags of treats stayed in tact until the next day – when they were demolished!