Recently opened, Jean-Georges at The Connaught seemed like it would be a mighty fine venue for a leisurely lunch on the last summer bank holiday of 2017.
We have fond memories of Jean-Georges in New York and love the easy access for wheelchairs at The Connaught – ramped access in Mount Street, entering at the rear of the Connaught’s bar – as well as easy parking in Mount Street each time we’ve been.
And, yay, it was … a very fine venue though note that serious wheelchair skills were required to negotiate round busy tables, through an arch to our table, close to the lovely windows overlooking the street. However, if I managed it, I’m sure anyone could – wheeling excellence not being a shining beacon of light in my personal skill set.
The room is beautiful, the food excellent and the staff eager to help. We liked the more casual vibe than you’d find in a fine dining restaurant. It suited our mood that day.
On a wheelie note, I did find the tables quite low and they have a central post. My wheelchair has good adjustable height and, with the oval table we were at, I was able to comfortably avoid the central post but I guess I’m saying to be aware if you’ve had problems with either issue before.
We had Grilled Octopus and Crab Crostini to start, John Dory and Sea Bass to follow, finishing with Chocolate Caramel Peanuts and Peach Candy Floss – I even snapped a photo, below, of my ‘Snickers’ on a plate as Jay Rayner described the Caramel Peanut concoction in his review of Jean-Georges. Yum.
Obviously, in the heart of Mayfair, Jean-Georges is not an inexpensive restaurant but, as a treat, I don’t have a huge problem with that … my zen view on this is helped by the fact that we’re not big drinkers.
Referencing Jay Rayner’s review again, ‘The prices are stupid…’, we probably spent a little more than half of the amount he mentions, enjoying three courses, a couple of glasses of champagne, a glass of wine and coffees. Ample amounts of food and drink in our book, at pretty typical central London prices.
We’d be happy to go back anytime and recommend to other socially-food-happy wheelchair users.