It can be very hard to obtain a table here, at this London stalwart; but if you're successful, the dining room - decorated with David Bailey photographs, and with a Parisian brasserie atmosphere - will give a real sense of occasion.
The menu offers simple 'classical' dishes, all carefully prepared from top-quality ingredients. Weekend brunch is particularly popular.
So expect the likes of 'Tuscan Bean Soup'; 'Caesar Salad' and 'seared Scallops with Apple Mash and black Pudding' among the starters.
'Salmon Fishcake with Buttered Spinach and Sorrel Sauce'; 'Thai-Baked Sea Bass with fragrant Rice'; 'Ballindallock Rib Steak with Béarnaise Sauce and Pommes Allumettes'; 'Confit Lamb Shoulder with Parmesan Mash and Barbe di Frate (a form of chicory)' among the mains.
There are always a couple of options for vegetarians - possibly 'Thyme-Roasted Vegetables' or 'Roasted Squash with Spiced Lentils and Rocket'.
Finish with 'Passion Fruit Crème Brulée'; 'Rhubarb Crumble with Custard or Ice Cream'; 'Baked Alasaka with Blood Oranges' or their selection of top-quality British cheeses, served in peak condition.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch is very popular, and as well as offering some of the lighter main menu offerings - such as 'Eggs Benedict' - you might be tempted by 'Steak Tartare' or 'Tiger Prawns Piri Piri'.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-23.30, Sat 11.30-23.30, Sun 11.30-23.00; mains about £18 to £28; set menu 14.00-18.30 £19.75 (2 courses), £24.25 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Fri 12.00-23.30, Sat 11.30-23.30, Sun 11.30-23.00; mains about £18 to £28; set menu after 21.30 £19.75 (2 courses), £24.25 (3 courses)
- Seats: 74, plus about 16 outside
- Wine: a carefully-constructed list, kicks off at around the £35 mark - but prices rise steeply after that
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Green Park Underground
- Directions: just off St James's Street. See the map on this page.
- Parking: NCP or Street Parking
- Closed: 25th Dec
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating