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 cooking is based around the best of modern British and traditional French dishes, so expect the likes of 'Gratin of Aubergine and Goats' Cheese'; 'Fish Soup' (with Gruyere, Croutons and Rouille) and 'Warm Salad of Ham Hock and Black Pudding with Mustard Lentils and Frisée Salad' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Roast Quail with Sage and White Wine'; 'Grilled Fillet of Bream with Jerusalem Artichoke Purée and Strozzapreti Dumplings' or 'Confit of Duck with Glazed Endive, Sultanas and Madeira' to follow.
Finish with 'Pithiviers au Chocolat'; 'Tarte Tatin' or some of their excellent cheeses.
There's a less formal Oyster bar on the ground floor.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.30 (Sat & Sun 15.00); set L Mon-Fri from £28 (2 courses); set L Sat £30; Set L Sun £34; mains from around £20 to £30
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-23.00 (Sun 10.30); mains from around £20 to £30
- 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: some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned