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Restaurant review: The Grill by Tom Booton at the Dorchester

The Grill by Tom Booton at the Dorchester

The Dorchester has welcomed the next chapter at its renowned restaurant The Grill with executive chef Tom Booton taking over at the kitchen and making history as the first chef to have a restaurant named after them at this legendary London hotel.

Essex-born chef Tom Booton, one of London’s most exciting talents, has crafted a dynamic menu featuring only the best ingredients, sourced locally and cooked with flair by him and his outstanding team, unified in their passion for making diners feel at home.

The Grill by Tom Booton is a nod to the more informal

The fresh and innovative culinary and service style transcends the famed setting, with an upbeat and informal atmosphere curated by Tom himself. The new menu devised by Tom will was launched in May and includes a sharing concept highlighting British produce and local London creatives. Tom’s cheeky personality shines through the menu, with modern twists on British home cooking classics. The more relaxed approach of the menu matches the fun atmosphere of the restaurant, with playlists hand selected by Tom. The Grill by Tom Booton at the Dorchester

What’s on the drinks menu

The menu will be accompanied by a list of playful cocktails and artisan English beer. The new dining experience starts with a ‘Snacks’ menu created at the Chef’s Counter, including Welsh lamb belly and cuttlefish skewers, followed by a selection of small plates to share, from Cornish dressed crab tart to white pudding on brioche. Large plates include ‘All the Chicken’, served in a variety of ways, alongside reimagined classics such as ham, egg and chips.

The pudding selection includes the popular signature soft serves, starting with Difference coffee with cream and hazelnuts and a shot of Blue Jamaican mountain coffee, and a baked apple tart with cider and Cornish Yarg.

Chef Booton’s finishing touches shape the interior too

The interior of the restaurant is also being infused with Tom’s vibrant charm, featuring open cooking stations with Big Green Egg barbecues, personal touches appearing in the trademark gilded interiors and an interactive four-seater Chef’s Counter.

Sparking a sense of theatre throughout the room, guests of the Chef’s Counter will have a front row seat to the chefs in action. The relaunch will also see a new daily breakfast service featuring signature dishes such as truffled egg & soldiers, The Grill’s take on a full English breakfast, Arnold Bennett omelette, and Tom’s bacon, cheesy sauce & fried egg baked pastry – all adventurous twists on well-known breakfast items.

Recently appointed general manager of The Grill by Tom Booton, Mattia Marcelli’s career at The Dorchester started in 2017 within Alain Ducasse where he was promoted twice before becoming general manager of The Dorchester Rooftop in summer 2022. Previously sous chef of The Grill, Adam Nevin takes a step up to head chef overseeing the young brigade of chefs within the kitchen, with Leonardo Barlondi in charge of the restaurant’s wine curation as head sommelier.

The Grill by Tom Booton is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner service alongside a Sunday lunch offering.