A top-class bistro/brasserie, in a converted shop, almost straight out of Paris, but much better than the norm found there. Dark wood panelling and green leather banquettes add an air of snug comfort.
Start with the likes of 'Soupe de Poisson' (properly served with Gruyere, Croutons and Rouille); 'Velouté of Cauliflower and Poached Scallops'; 'Escargots with Garlic Butter'; 'Steak Tartare' or 'Lasagne of Dorset Crab'.
An early summer menu then listed 'Maize-Fed Landaise Chicken with Wild Mushrooms and Tagliatelle'; 'Roasted Veal Brains with Beurre Noisette'; 'Steamed Fillet of Sea Bream with Crushed Jersey Royals& Avruga Caviar' or 'Roast Pavé of Halibut with Curly Kale and a Sorrel Beurre Blanc'.
Traditional desserts are of the likes of 'Tarte au Citron'; 'Tart Tatin with Creme Fraiche' and 'Hot Chocolate Fondant with Vanilla Ice Cream'.
French cheeses are in peak condition and come with home-made Walnut and Raisin Loaf.
Worth a special detour, not just if feeling nostalgic, but also for the excellent food and top-class service from staff who make time to make a visit memorable.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.30 (Sun 15.00); set L Mon-Sat £22 (3 courses); mains about £18 to £32; set L Sun £29 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week, 18.00-22.30 (Sun 21.30); set D Mon-Sat between 18.00-19.00 £24 (between 18.00 & 19.00 only); mains about £18 to £32
- Seats: 110, plus 12 outside
- Wine: A excelent, mainly French wine list, kicks off in the low £20's, and offers a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, also lavatory
- Nearest station: Baker Street Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating