Simon Bradley's restaurant has been a secret of the neighbourhood for far too long, hidden away on a quiet residential street close to Swiss Cottage and the Hampstead Theatre. The dining room has an airy modern feel and its comfort levels suit the area. Every area should have a restaurant like this.
The food on offer is really a slightly updated twist on the French traditional. So expect the likes of 'Seared Foie Gras with Spinach'; 'Mussel Chowder with Corn Griddle Cakes' and 'Feuilleté of Rabbit with an Oyster Mushroom and Grain Mustard Sauce' to be among the starters.
Perhaps 'Scallops with Squid, Black Risotto and Saffron Sauce'; 'Sole Soufflé with Chive Sauce' and 'Rack of Lamb with Pommes Dauphinois' among the mains. Vegetables are charged separately, but are handled carefully - one visit bringing crisp French beans, char-grilled Celeriac and superb Cauliflower Beignets with Sour Cream and Chives.
Leave room for the desserts which are true comfort food - maybe including 'Rhubarb Savarin with Rhubarb Ice Cream' and 'Pear Belle Hélène'.
Service is both courteous and professional. No mobile phones are allowed.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: all week 12.00-15.00; set L Mon-Sat £17 (1 course), £20 (2 courses), £24 (3 courses), set L Sun £28 (2 courses) to £32; mains about £18 to £24
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-23.00; pre-theatre Mon-Weds 17.15-19.00 & Thurs-Sat 17.15-19.00 £20 (2 courses), £24 (3 courses)); Set no-choice Prix Fix £29.95; mains about £18 to £24
- Seats: 60
- Wine: a mainly French list is helpfully-arranged by style and has a good selection of half bottles. House wine is about £20
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Swiss Cottage Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: Sun D; some Bank Holidays; a few days at Christmas
- Air conditioned