Major changes in name and management at this excellent restaurant during 2009 - this was originally Petrus (now nearby) - but no change in head chef, or we reliably hear standards - but please send in your reports.
An opulent dining room, designed by the restaurant design specialist David Collins. Comfort levels stretch from the soft burgundy-coloured leather chairs to the splendid flower displays.
From canapés, through pre-desserts to petits fours to standards are up with the very best.
As you would expect, menus follow the seasons, but 'Turbot Ceviche with Périgord Truffles'; 'Tea-Smoked Mackerel on a Carpaccio layer of Beetroot'; 'Confit Loin of Tuna with Lobster Caesar Salad & Aged Parmesan' or 'Terrine of Tête de Veau' set the style of the starters.
'Fillet of Sea Bass with Mussels and Pesto Broth'; 'Rhug Farm Welsh Suckling Pig - cooked for 24 hours, Braised Chicory & Pommes Mousseline' or 'Tournedos of Bresse Chicken with Provence Herbs, sautéed Foie Gras and Tongue' - perhaps listed among the main courses.
Desserts are impressive - maybe 'Mango-filled with White Chocolate Mousse, accompanied by Passion Fruit Sorbet'; 'Orange Crème with Spiced Brioche Crisps, Caramelised Orange & Bitter Chocolate Sorbet' 'Custard Tart with Vanilla and Poached English Rhubarb' or 'Crème Brûlée' on offer. Lovers of cheese will have a field day.
Service is professional, but not over formal. There are dress restrictions - no jeans or trainers for example.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Mon-Sat, 12.00-14.30; Set L £55 (5 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat, 18.00-23.00; Set D £85 (3 courses);Menu Prestige (Tasting Menu) £105 (5 course), £120 (8 courses)
- Seats: 75
- Wine: An enormous, but well-thought-out, wine list. This ranges from around the £35 mark.
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge Underground station
- Directions: See the map on thiis page
- Parking: NCP and street parking
- Closed: all Sun, 1 week at Christmas
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available