A comfortable and intimate restaurant, very handy for London's main law courts and legal offices. The dining area, with its crisp white napery and large windows, is divided into two sections, both hung with abstract art.
After an amuse-bouche, the starters offered will include the likes of 'Beignet of Tiger Prawns with Spring Onions and Hot and Sour Dressing'; 'Parfait of Foie Gras and Chicken Livers with Quince Jelly and Brioche Toast' and 'Veloute of Wild Mushrooms with Parmesan Foam'.
Mains maybe 'Peppered Monkfish Tail with a Sweet Corn and Pancetta Chowder'; 'Roast Cannon of Lamb with Pommes Boulangére, Tomato and Aubergine' and 'Breast of Duck with a Confit Spring Roll and an Orange and Miso Sauce'.
The cooking style is light and the food unpretensious.
For dessert, perhaps go for 'Warm Chocolate Brownie with Kahlua and Caramel Ice Cream' or 'Rhubarb Cheesecake with Honeycomb'. A Selection of British and French cheeses come with Toasted Hazelnut and Raisin Bread.
Service is professional and knowledgeable.
The nearby Clerkenwell (q.v.) is under the same ownership.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30; set L £39.50 (2 courses) to £49.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-22.30; set D £39.50 (2 courses), £49.50 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £65 (7 courses)
- Seats: 100, plus about 12 outside
- Wine: a concise, but interesting, list kicks off at around the £18 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Chancery Lane Underground
- Directions: between High Holborn and Fleet Street. See the map on this page
- Closed: Sat & Sun, Bank Holidays; 22nd Dec to 2nd Jan
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating