Bibendum has been open for about a year and Chef Claude Bosi, previously with Hibiscus, already has two Michelin stars. Fitting, in that the restaurant is on the second level of the Michelin building and heavily decorated with Michelin paraphernalia. Even the exterior of the building has tires and the Michelin man incorporated into its design. The first level is a casual seafood bar and has a tiled car mural around the ceiling. The elevator lets you off into a far more formal dining area with 2 huge stained glass Michelin man windows. The club chairs are comfy and set at tables draped with long gray clothes and huge matching gray napkins. American music plays softly in the background and dies out as the room becomes filled. Natural light from lots of windows fills the room but some of the light coming through the stained glass can cast some different colors on your food. The room has a nice feel and service is friendly and helpful. The kitchen offers a set lunch option as well as a la carte service. Most of the food was in a lovely French style. We ordered a la carte. Continue reading
A small two level restaurant where you definitely want to ask to eat in the cozy downstairs. They are fairly busy yet the friendly staff makes you feel relaxed even though they don’t mess around in getting your order filled.
A relatively small place with incredible old school service – like the guest gets a menu without the prices, purse stools and lots of napkin re-folding – it felt like a treat to be there with friendly not waitstaff that anticipated your every need. They have several choices at lunch with a large or Prestige tasting menu, an a la carte menu and a lunch menu. The last sounded the best to us and was without a doubt the best deal. They also offered a couple specials of the day, one being the aged parmesan sauce pasta with white truffles, which we added to our 3 course lunch.
This large place is all about the atmosphere which is very club like and cozy. It is the oldest restaurant in London opening in 1798 and has since been owned by just 3 families. Serving traditional English food and lots of game, it is decorated heavily and particularly for the Christmas season – when we were there. The food is nice but not spectacular but it’s worth a visit just for the history and to look around the place. Continue reading
Located in Bray (a quaint village), about a 45 minute train ride out of London, the Fat Duck is now re-opened after a nine month hiatus in Australia. It consists of about 12 tables in a house. Heston Blumenthal is the chef behind the concept but is rarely on the premises. While on hiatus the restaurant underwent some updates, especially to their kitchen and wine cellar. They also re-designed the menu to follow a day in a child’s fantasy journey as Blumenthal would have it. It is a tasting menu, with accommodation to allergies and preferences, and no supplemental options. All reservations are by prepaid “tickets” on their website. It is about a 4 hour meal, but ours lasted almost 5 as we had a trip to the wine cellar and kitchen tour.
Bubbledogs is the front restaurant, serving hot dogs and champagne, that allows James Knappett and his wife to also offer the Kitchen Table, which is behind the main restaurant. They offer 2 seatings for a total of 20 people, with the earlier grouping starting desserts as we started savories. The menu is a tasting menu only but offers an optional 3 extra courses for 45 Pounds. They are well worth it and if anything were among my favorites for the night. They offer wine pairings which looked like nice pours with top-offs if needed but we selected our own wines. Continue reading
This is a good sized place but even with hard acoustics the noise level is good. The main dining room is a reservation seating but there area seats downstairs that seemed to be available to walk-ins. Just a couple servers worked the whole room with the assistance of a couple kitchen people bringing out food, and they really moved but managed to provide the diners with a relaxed feeling. Continue reading