Saying this establishment is owned by the Nigel Patts-Martin/Bruce Poole enterprise, should in itself be enough to entice you there, if you're a lover 'proper' French provincial cooking, of the highest standard - or perhaps a now ageing follower of Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson (Sophie's mum). For those in the know, no more description is necessary. The application is in the capable hands of chef Daniel Merti.
For those wanting more indication, expect the likes of 'Fillet of Cornish Mackerel in a millefeuille of puff pastry with Aubergine 'Caviar' and Pesto'; 'Grilled Skate Salad with Beetroot, Horseradish, Shrimps and Capers' or 'Foie Gras and Chicken Liver Parfait' to begin.
Maybe 'Roast Middle-White Pork with an Apple Tart and crispy Ham'; 'Roast Saddle of Lamb with Lardons, Glazed Potatoes, Spring Onions, Braised Fennel & Garlic'; 'Fillet of Cod with Creamed White Polenta, buttered Vegetables, Braised Fennel and Chives' or 'Confit of Rabbit Leg and Chorizo with Polenta and Curly Kale'.
Finish perhaps with 'Ginger Pannacotta with poached Rhubarb'; 'Bitter Chocolate Tart with Honeycomb & Milk Parfait'; or 'Iced Griottine Cherry and Coconut Parfait with a Chocolate Madeleine'.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.30 (15.00); set L £24 (2 courses), £28 (3 courses); set L Sun £33; mains about £20 to £27
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-22.30; set D £47.50 (3 courses); mains about £20 to £27
- Seats: 65
- Wine: A very well-thought-out wine list, kicks off in the early £20's, offering plus plenty by the glass & half bottle
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory)
- Nearest station: Kew Gardens Underground
- Directions: Telephone if worried, but find the Cul de Sac of Kew Gardens Station, and you'll drive past the restauranton the right. See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: Three days over Christmas, 1st Jan.
- Air conditioned