Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester re-launched its classic lunch hour menu to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show.
The dishes paired traditional French delicacies with seasonal ingredients inspired by the show. The menu featured delicate Vegetable Tarte in Bloom; a classic French COOKPOT of Hereford Snails marinated in wild mushroom and parsley butter; Lemon sole with a side of spring garden; and a dessert of Pistachio and Wild Strawberry field.
All dishes were perfect examples of Ducasse’s passion for cooking with the freshest seasonal ingredients and offered diners a great opportunity to celebrate the start of summer.
Just moments away from Royal Hospital Chelsea where the show is hosted, Tom's Kitchen Chelsea also served up a floral inspired menu showcasing the best British seasonal ingredients. Tom's dishes also made superb use of the spring's finest flowers.
On the menu, crab marinated in basil mayonnaise, cucumber, and nasturtium leaf; cod with apricot rose and saffron and a stunning courgette and pistachio risotto with courgette flowers. Diners could finish their meal with a vibrant dessert of rose-poached cherries, elderflower served with lavender panna cotta.
For a wonderful drink to round off the experience there was Toms’ Garden Cocktail. Presented in a charming porcelain planter for two to share, this gin-based cocktail featured hibiscus syrup, lemon juice and a dash of violet syrup.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester have very kindly shared the recipe for the strawberry dessert for you to create at home.