Internationally renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten recently opened his brand new restaurant at The Connaught in London.
The restaurant, Jean-Georges at The Connaught, overlooks Mount Street in the heart of the Mayfair neighborhood, offering informal dining throughout the day in a relaxed, contemporary setting.
This move to London marks a return to the Maybourne Hotel Group for Vongerichten, who previously operated the Vong restaurant at The Berkeley which closed at the end of 2002.
Jean-Georges’ menu at the new restaurant is inspired by his training in French cuisine with a mélange of Asian flavors, though he also offers his personal take on British classics such as fish and chips and traditional afternoon tea. The menu also reflects his farm-to-table approach, similar to his restaurants in New York including The Mark Restaurant & Bar at The Mark Hotel, ABC Kitchen and, most recently, abcV, a vegan eatery. He also operates another New York restaurant: The Mercer Kitchen in SoHo.
The breakfast menu at Jean-Georges at The Connaught serves healthy morning shakes, acai bowls and dosa, a type of pancake typically eaten on the Indian subcontinent and made from a fermented batter. He also offers truffle scrambled eggs, French brioche toast and the Full English breakfast. Lunch and dinner offerings include egg toast and caviar, crispy salmon sushi and the chef’s legendary black truffle and fontina pizza, which now, for the first time at the new restaurant, can be ordered as take-out.
In a written release, Vongerichten said that he is excited to be returning to London and that The Connaght was the first hotel he ever visited in the city.
Designed by contemporary interior architect John Heah, the restaurant draws emphasis on the hotel’s distinguished history paired with a passion for the new, along with craftsmanship and art. French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel also enhanced the interior windows looking out onto Mount Street, lending his style to a series of stained-glass windows representing the different stages of the day. He displays the sunrise in the east to the sunset in the west by tinting the space in rich hues of orange and gold as sunlight will stream into the restaurant.
The menu also takes on an artistic humor, having collaborated with French graphic designer and illustrator Jean Jullien, “adding a touch of whimsy and humor to the art of eating out,” the press release said.
Jean-Georges at The Connaught will serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner throughout the day seven days a week. Hélène Darroze will also continue to operate her two-Michelin star restaurant on the other side of the hotel.