Although describing itself as an informal French bistro, this excellent restaurant run by top-chef Pierre Koffman, on the premises previously occupied by The Boxtree Café - has been criticised for it's rather serious atmosphere.
The food on offer, however, is hard to criticise - but the often hushed tones of people enjoying this adds to the seriousness of the occasion.
Some well-known dishes have been carried over from Mr. Koffman's Tante Claire days - the excellent, but rich, main-course 'Stuffed Pig's Trotter with Sweetbreads & Morels' shouldn't be missed if it's your sort of thing!
Other dishes have their home in South West France, and are top-rate brasserie rather than haute cuisine in style - these might include 'Provençale Fish Soup'; 'Snails with Wild Mushrooms & Parsley'; 'Gascony-Style Black Pudding with Bethmale Cheese, Onion & Beetroot' and 'Foie Gras Terrine with Baguette & Brioche' amongst the starters.
Perhaps 'Roasted Monkfish with Puy Lentils & Bordelaise Sauce'; 'Roasted Anjou Pigeons with Mixed Vegetables';'Herb-Crusted Rump of Lamb' and 'Daube of Beef with Red Wine'.
Sourcing, and indeed saucing, is taken very seriously.
Desserts are too tempting to resist, with perhaps 'Armagnac & Prune Ice Cream'; 'Chestnut & Chocolate Mousse' and 'Pistachio Soufflé with Pistachio Ice Cream' there to tempt you.
Set meals are a particular bargain.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30 (Sat & Sun 15.00); set L £21.50 (2 courses) to £25.50; mains about £22 to £60
- Dinner: all week 18.00-22.30 (Thurs-Sat 23.00); pre/post-theatre £28 (3 courses); mains about £22 to £60
- Seats: 120
- Wine: a well-chosen French regional list kicks off in the low £20's
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge Underground
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available