Not so in London, where the celebrity chef reigns supreme and many of the older establishments (under the celebrity chef patronage) have embraced fine dining and taken it to new heights. The trend now is for the bespoke dining experience where guests can tailor their dining experience under the watchful eye of the chef and hotel staff.
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester presides over the Table Lumiere where guests can create their own menu and table settings choosing from the hotel’s selection of china, glassware and linens from such design houses as Hermes, Puiforcat and St. Louis.
Cocooned behind a luminescent curtain made of 4,500 shimmering fibre optics hanging dramatically from the ceiling diners are screened from the buzz of the main restaurant. This gives a sense of intimacy to the diners within, without any loss of atmosphere. The interior designed by Patrick John is extremely elegant, while the private dining area only seats 6 people.
The main restaurant is an elegant affair done in shades of beige and white with the private dining area serving as a focal point for the rest of the restaurant. Whether in use or not the private dining area is a dramatic centrepiece of almost space age connotations, with ever changing fibre optic curtain creating an ambience that is dreamlike and whimsical.