The top restaurant in a smart multi-level complex, which was the former headquarters of RIBA, and run by superstar chef Pierre Gagnaire (of Paris fame). Prices are high, but there's a wow-factor in every dish. Dishes are arranged around each diner and clear instructions are left by the staff as to the order in which they should be eaten. This is appreciated by some customers, but not by others!
These might include the likes of 'Langoustines cooked four ways' - roasted in a spice mixture, tartare, carpaccio and a quenelle of seasoned mousse in a strongly-flavoured jelly; - or a multi-part dish called 'Vegetables' - a well flavoured turnip and cider broth, containing turnip, celeriac and chard - as starters.
Main courses 'Turbot with a Shrimp and Prawn infusion', and 'Cumin-roasted milk-fed Lamb'.
The Pierre Gagaire 'Grand Dessert' often includes up to six dishes.
Everything is beautifully presented, but most main courses are over
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Tues-Fri, 12.00-14.30; closed L Monday & Saturday; set L £35 (2 courses) to £40; mains about £49 to £80
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-22.30; mains about £49 to £80; Tasting Menu £95 (6 courses)
- Seats: 50
- Wine: an impressive list with many prestigious bottles kicks off in the mid £20's
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Oxford Circus Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking - possibly Cavendish Square
- Closed: L Sat, Sun & Mon; 25th Dec; last two weeks of Aug
- Air conditioned