Food and drink
The artful tapas-sized dishes are designed for sharing – if you and your companion choose four courses each you’ll taste your way through around half the menu. There’s a Gascony/south-west France theme to the ingredients and wines but really this is the sort of restaurant where the sorbet is made from oysters, sea urchin is paired with venison, and a waiter could suddenly appear to grate popcorn over your dish as though it were parmesan cheese.
Glossy luxury. At lunchtimes you’ll be amongst deal-makers, but come evening the interior is well suited to romance.
Supremely slick and formal.
In a former Lyon’s Tea House by Smithfield meat market.
The weekday set lunch deal is £25 for three courses – a real bargain when you consider individual dishes cost £10-£23 and the tasting menu is £55 for five courses, or £85 with matching wines included. Sadly the wine list has little under £30 a bottle.
The adjacent Cellar Gascon is a sophisticated wine bar with excellent food owned by the same people. Along the road is Le Comptoir Gascon café-restaurant and shop, where the dishes are heartier and more rustic, and Sloane Square is host to Le Cercle, another spot with fine dining dishes for sharing. See website for details.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions