One of London's best French restaurants, if looking for a traditional approach and cosseting opulence. It's positioned in a basement, but don't let that put you off - if wheelchair bound, a call ahead should have hands ready to help. Although originally situated in Lower Sloane Street, the restaurant and name, started by the Roux Brothers, now stretches back about 40 years, and many of Britain's younger 'top chefs', have passed through their kitchens, and owe a lot to them.
After your amuse bouche treat, begin with the likes of 'Soufflé Suissesse' (cheese), 'Globe Artichokes filled with a Foie Gras and Chicken Mousse' or 'Crab Salad with Glass Noodles'.
Perhaps follow with 'Herb-crusted Veal', 'Roast Saddle of Rabbit' or (in season) 'Loin of Venison with caramelised Root Vegetables and Wild Mushrooms in a dark Demi-Glace'.
Lunch is a particular bargain, as it includes wine. Service is exceptional.
Desserts maintain the high standard - maybe 'Tarte Tatin with Cinnamon Ice Cream;or 'Omelette Rothchild, Apricot & Cointreau Souffle' or perhaps be tempted by their excellent cheeses.
A jacket is required, and definitely no jeans or trainers.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Mon-Fri, 12.00-14.00; set L (£52, including wine); mains about £28 to £60
- Dinner: Mon-Sat, 18.30-23.00; Tasting Menu £120; mains £27 to £60
- Seats: 65
- Wine: An almost wholly French wine list takes quite a bit of reading, but help is always at hand. There are a few whites bottles in the mid £20s, but reds start in the low £30s.
- Children's portions: No
- Nearest station: Marble Arch Underground
- Directions: from Park Lane turn into Upper Brook Street, find the restaurant on the right. See the map on this page.
- Parking: The NCP in Park Lane
- Closed: Sat L, all Sun, a few days at Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays (enquire for precise details)
- Air conditioned