Wait, there's a restaurant on the roof of the Dorchester?
There is indeed. It opened back in April when alfresco dining was the only dining allowed and has been a runaway hit ever since. There's been a rotating series of chefs in the kitchen over the following months - including Francesco Mazzei and The Grill at The Dorchester's Tom Booton - but now it's the turn of an American import, The Polo Lounge.
Isn't that a Beverly Hills place?
Absolutely - a place that Hollywood legends and power players still frequent when they're in Los Angeles. But, for the first time, it's popping up this side of the Atlantic. The rooftop space has been transformed to give a West Coast vibe - you've just got to pretend you're looking out across the palm trees of Sunset Boulevard rather than the plane trees of Park Lane.
If you insist. Actually, the cocktails being shaken up here looked very good, particularly the Polo Lounge classic serve of a Prickly Paloma - featuring Tequila, Prickly Pear Grapefruit, Lime and Pink Salt.
What sort of food is it?
Think hotel luxe with a West Coast flavour - everything's designed to be shared, so really the best way to do it would be to come with a group and have one or two of the larger dishes between maybe four of you, so it's not quite so spendy.
Here's a flavour:
What's on the menu for vegetarians?
Apparently, the vegan truffle mac 'n' cheese has been very popular. There's also a burrata salad too.
Room for dessert?
Only just about. If you're after the most Insta-friendly option, that's definitely the cold strawberry souffle with the Polo Lounge logo on the top.
This slice of Los Angeles life in Mayfair is turning out to be quite the place to be seen. Celebrities spotted here over the past few weeks have included Priyanka Chopra and TOWIE folk Sam and Billie Faiers. There's even a live band to keep things lively. Sure it's expensive, but, you know, it's Park Lane prices, and then some. Head here at dusk for a truly spectacular London sunset or settle in for a long lunch in the sun - this might be the closest thing you get to a holiday hotspot this summer.
More about the Polo Lounge at The Dorchester Rooftop
Where is it? 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
When? Runs until 31 August 2021
How to book: email restaurants.TDL@dorchestercollection.com or call them on 020 7629 8888.
Hot Dinners dined as guests of The Dorchester and have a family member waitressing at the restaurant. Prices are correct at the time of publication.
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