The Connaught’s Hélène Darroze to Open Pop-Up at Provence’s Villa La Coste

(Richard Haughton)

This summer, the gastronomic team from restaurant Hélène Darroze at The Connaught will take up residency at Villa la Coste in the heart of Provence.

Chef Hélène Darroze, who holds two Michelin stars at The Connaught, will create a Provence-inspired menu for lunch and dinner, using regional produce and seasonal ingredients sourced from the Villa La Coste vegetable garden. The menu will, additionally, include some of her signature dishes: Retour d’Hanoï, a shellfish consommé with gamberoni from San Remo; Ajo blanco gazpacho with anchovies from Collioure; confit duck foie gras from les Landes; and the iconic Armagnac baba using her own family’s Darroze Armagnac.

Villa La Coste’s vegetable garden, cared for by the domaine’s gardener in unison with the chef is tucked between organic vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields. It lies in the shadow of Frank Gehry’s music pavilion which hosts concerts over the summer months. The hotel, located 10 miles north of Aix-en-Provence, sits in the biodynamic vineyard Chateau la Coste.

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The area is familiar territory for Hélène, who recently opened her new restaurant, Marsan, in Paris; her first experience of professional kitchen life was at Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV restaurant along the coast in Monaco.

There will be an a la carte menu served at lunch and dinner, as well as a tasting menu served for dinner. Hélène Darroze at The Connaught runs from July 29 through September 1 while the restaurant in London is closed for a full refurbishment and modernization from July 14 to mid-September. An Overnight Experience will also be available: It will include an overnight stay, a chilled bottle of Chateau la Coste Rose, a signed copy of Hélène Darroze’s book and an art and wine cellar tour.

For reservations call +33 (0) 4 42 50 50 00 or email [email protected]

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