La crème de la crème flock to French virtuoso Hélène Darroze's restaurant at the Connaught for her dazzling regional French haute cuisine, served up in an impressive Edwardian dark wood paneled dining salon. Taking inspiration from Les Landes in southwestern France, Darroze sallies forth with a procession of magnificent dishes. Caviar d'Acquitaine might wow with oyster tartare in a sleek martini glass, topped with caviar jelly and white haricot bean velouté. Spit-roasted
and flambéed pigeon is served gloriously pink, with duck foie gras and mini Brussels sprouts. To finish, choose poached yellow peach from Provence with gingerbread cream. Darroze is perfect for important celebrations, but beware the high prices: £35 for lunch, £55 for brunch, and £85–£120 for set dinner.