An excellent smart French brasserie/shop/oyster bar operation, in a quiet mews, with a useful delicatessen attached. The dining room tables are closely-set, but candles at night add to the general atmosphere; while the food offered is a relaxing throwback to Paris top-quality 'bistro' food at its best.
Fish, shellfish (including lobsters and oysters) figure prominently - as does caviar; and these expensive ingredients set the style.
Starters vary from the straightforward, such as 'Smoked Salmon'; through 'Oeufs Mimosa' to the likes of 'Smoked Eel Mousse'; 'Terrine of Foie Gras' and rarely found (unless you visit Ostend) ' Brown Shrimp Croquettes'.
Maybe follow with 'Poached Salt Cod with Mayonnaise'; 'Shellfish à la Planche'; 'Navarin of Lamb with a tomato-based broth and Pommes Boulangère'; 'Rock Salmon with Lemon and Capers' or of course 'Steak Frites'.
Desserts are equally traditional, so expect 'Tarte au Citron'; 'Chocolate Mousse' and 'Crème Caramel'.
Service is friendly, polished and professional.
Their Oyster Bar is a temptation for those not requiring a full meal; as is their shop which offers excellent cheese, jars of fish soup etc.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Mon-Fri, 12.00-14.30; set L from £25 (2 courses); mains about £20 to £29
- Dinner: Mon-Sat, 19.00-22.15; set D £29.50 (3 courses); mains about £20 to £29
- Seats: 75
- Wine: an entirely French, wine list kicks off at around the £30 mark, and rises to even more ambitious heights.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Green Park or Bond Street Undergound
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page - just off Berkley Square, parallel to Bruton Street
- Parking: street parking or NCP
- Closed: L Sat, all Sun, a few days at Christmas, Easter, Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned