Jean-Georges Vongerichten has opened Jean-Georges at The Connaught, marking his return to London and the Maybourne Hotel Group since closing of Vong at The Berkeley in 2002. Luxury Travel Advisor had a chat with the Michelin-star chef while he was here for the opening to discuss his latest venture, the 30th restaurant in his culinary empire.
Why the return to London now?
I am so excited to be back in London during such a vibrant and dynamic time. The energy and diversity of this city stimulates me. After 15 years, it feels like the perfect moment to be here.
Why The Connaught for this new venture?
The Connaught is the first hotel I ever visited in London and holds a special place in my heart. The hotel has always been a distinguished dining destination and I am excited to be a part of it.
What about this restaurant excites you the most?
The dining room, designed by interior architect John Heah, features floor-to-ceiling windows, accented by stained glass by artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. The windows offer beautiful natural light into the dining room and pretty views of Mayfair.
You have 30 restaurants around the world. What is special to you about this new one at The Connaught?
I value the partnership with the Maybourne Group first and foremost. We have an amazing team at The Connaught. Our chef, Anshu Anghotra, who hails from India but was most recently at The Lanesborough, is an amazing talent, and the fabulous restaurant manager, Daniel Alvarado, who was the general manager at The Ivy, as well as the service team we hired are second to none.
Where do you go in London for local cuisine?
I never visit London without going to Scott’s for langoustine and Dover Sole.
What is your favorite London food market?
The food court at Harrods for its products and restaurants, and the Marylebone Farmers’ Market.
Any neighborhoods you love for great ethnic food?
What I love about London is its melting-pot dining scene. Last time I was in town, we ate great Indian food at Jamavar, right around the corner from The Connaught!
Where do you go in London when you have the time to relax?
Hyde Park is my favorite oasis in the middle of the city.
Jean-Georges at The Connaught serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, seven days a week. Reservations can be made at 011-440-207-107-8861. Top Tip: Ask for tables near the windows for the best views.
Good to know: Hélène Darroze will continue to operate her two-Michelin-star restaurant on the other side of the hotel.