The restaurant, which is located in the five-star London hotel, and which is overseen by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, reopens today (3 March) ‘with a respectful nod to its distinguished heritage, but with a contemporary interpretation in both the design and cuisine’.
The 46-cover restaurant features American black walnut throughout in the form of booths, tables, Conoid chairs, and solid back panels that contrasts with the original Connaught ceiling with its ornate mouldings and arches.
It has an open kitchen complete with wood-burning grill and rotisserie with meat and fish grilled over British hardwood charcoal with embers of burnt apple wood.
Menu items include a pie of the day with options such as venison, chicken, seabass en croute and shepherd’s pie as well as a traditional Sunday roast presented and carved on the restored silver trolley from the original Connaught Grill. Other dishes include roasted and grilled aubergine topped with grilled goat’s cheese and pomegranate; chilled raw Scottish langoustines served in the shell; and spit-roasted celeriac with lemon puree, pecans and Pecorino.
The dessert menu, meanwhile, overseen by executive pastry Chef Nicolas Rouzaud, features dishes such as sticky toffee pudding served with butterscotch sauce and coffee ice cream; chocolate soufflé with ice cream; and bread and butter pudding served with spiced pear and cinnamon milk sorbet.
The Connaught Grill briefly reopened in early 2020 after a 20-year hiatus but was forced to close its doors again because of the Coronavirus pandemic.