A South Kensington landmark, dating from the days when it was built as the first British Michelin headquarters in 1909. To call the architectural style Art Deco gives a fairly good impression. The dining room, occupying the first floor, is comfortable, bright and airy and sports fabulous stained glass windows – mainly of the character Bibendum (the Michelin man).
The kitchen is now the domaine of top-chef Claude Bosi, so the style has changed from that of French provincial of years past.
Expect cooking is based around the best of modern British and traditional French dishes, so expect the likes of ‘Veal Sweetbread with Seaweed Butter, Monk’s Beard & Confit Italian Lemon’; ‘and-Dived Scottish Scallops à la Parisienne’; and ‘Duck Jelly Oscietra Caviar with Spring Onion & Smoked Sturgeon’ among the starters.
Perhaps ‘My Mum’s Tripe & Cuttlefish Gratin Pig’s Ear & Ham Cake; ‘Turbot à la Grenobloise’; ‘Galician Beef Fllet with Red Cabbage with Sturia Oscietra Caviar & Oysters’ and ‘Brittany Rabbit Langoustine with Artichoke Barigoule’ to follow.
Finish with ‘Bibendum Chocolate Soufflé with Indonesian Basil Ice Cream’; ‘Olive Oil Parfait with Pear & Marron Glacé’ or some of their excellent cheeses.
There’s a less formal Oyster bar on the ground floor.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Weds-Sun 12.00-14.15; set L Mon-Fri from £28 (2 courses); set L Sat £30 (3 courses); mains about £28 to £48; Tasting Menu £120 (6 courses); set L Sun £41.50 (2 courses), £50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Weds-Fri 18.30-21.45, Sat 18.30-22.00, Sun 18.30-21.00; set D £100 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £120 (6 courses)
- Seats: 90
- Wine: an excellent wine list, kicks off at around the mid £20's mark and has it base in the French regions and is also strong on Australia.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: South Kensington Underground
- Directions: On the crossroads, now known as Brompton Cross. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: Mon & Tues
- Air conditioned