Food and drink
In Nice, the ingredients served here would be local produce – baby artichokes, red peppers, courgette flowers, nicoise olives and plenty of seafood. London doesn’t have that luxury but chef Raphael Duntoye’s team do a brilliant job of transporting diners to the South of France. You’ll want two or three friends to share the signature roast black leg chicken with foie gras – it only needs a salad and potato gratin to accompany but there’ll be quite a wait if you don’t order some starters, which are served tapas-style. The wine list is mostly French with a few Italians underlining the Mediterranean theme; rosés are a strength, as is the availability of carafes.
The room buzzes like bees in a field of lavender. Tables are tightly packed with a glossy, expensively dressed crowd. All around are gauzy half-curtains, gilded mirrors, staff in waistcoats, white linens, and trademark table decorations of tomatoes, lemons and olive oil.
Not as warm as you might expect from a Mediterranean spot, but typically efficient.
Adjacent to the charming Lancashire Court shopping area, Brooks Mews is a surprisingly uninspiring strip of Mayfair with a broad view of a brick wall. Don’t worry – once inside you’ll feel you’re in Nice.
This is one of those ‘if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it’ places. Expect to pay £55 per head as a minimum for a modest meal – and realize you’ll probably want to order much more.
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