Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is no stranger to London, having established Vong at The Berkeley in 1995. This month marks his return to the city with the opening of Jean-Georges at The Connaught, a chic yet relaxed neighbourhood restaurant overlooking Tadao Ando’s Zen fountain, Silence, and the grand facades of Mount Street.
Established in the space formerly occupied by Espelette, the Alsatian chef’s latest concept will feature his signature farm-to-table cuisine infused with bold vegetable and fruit flavours, as well as lighter broths and tangy vinaigrettes that take inspiration from Asian cooking. Dishes from Vongerichten’s wildly popular ABC Kitchen in New York will also make an appearance, alongside reimagined versions of British classics (refined fish and chips, for example, and a reinterpreted English breakfast).
The chef has been intimately involved in every detail of this Mayfair outpost, from menu design and the uniforms of the waiting staff to the sleek, light-filled interiors, which come courtesy of interior architect John Heah (who was behind The Berkeley’s recent renovation), are swathed in neutral fabrics and feature natural wood finishes that create a classic yet contemporary feel.
With the addition of this casual all-day dining spot to the hotel’s other restaurants (including two Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze), The Connaught promises to become even more of a Mayfair dining hub.