My first Jean-Georges experience was at the Mark Hotel in New York. A glamorous destination of the Upper East Side yet offering simple and classic dishes. Jean-Georges at the Connaught is a replica of that but in the heart of Mayfair and in one of the most understated 5 star hotels you will come across.
Anshu Anghotra, the Executive Head Chef was hired by the Jean-Georges team to support and turn their vision for their London restaurant in to a reality. One of my favourite features of the restaurant is the stained glass designed by Jean-Michel Othoniel. It is a key feature at the restaurant and influences the mood and atmosphere of the space at any of time of day whether its morning or night!
Where did you start with your hospitality career?
I was always inspired by the hospitality industry. I started at the Taj Hotel in Delhi. The Taj Hotel is the epitome of luxury and hospitality in India which I was always in awe of. I came to the UK to study at Thames Valley.
How did you end up at JG at The Connaught?
I was working at The Lanesborough when I was approached by the the Jean-Georges team to discuss their idea behind opening a restaurant in London. I was flown over for a few intensive days to New York to experience the restaurants JG leads there. I had a 13 course tasting menu at Jean-George’s, the 3 Michelin star restaurant. It was an exhilarating experience and I decided to join the venture. I am now managing a team of 70 at The Connaught.
How would you describe the food at JG?
It is classic French cooking with a South East Asian influence. It is modern and healthy. The concept of afternoon tea is new to JG. We’ve tried to create something that is fun and driven by quality. It is not gimmicky. Dinner is an amazing experience at the restaurant, the atmosphere is electric.
What are some of your favourite dishes at the restaurant?
The truffle pizza, salami pizza, sea bass and you must try the lamb – it is cooked with Korean spices!
How is social media influencing views on dining?
Social media is a great tool – it helps you discover real hidden gems of London which you may not have stumbled upon otherwise. People have different tastes and they are on the lookout for different things – social media enables you to find that.
What other restaurants do you enjoy going to in London?
Roka Mayfair is on my way home and I absolutely love it! The food is consistent, they have great service and atmosphere. London is truly leading the way for restaurants globally.