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Launceston Place: Simple but accomplished Michelin dining

Launceston Place is a D&D chain Michelin institution hidden away in a cul-de-sac a short walk from Gloucester Road tube station. It’s a romantic tucked away place and equally good for quiet business lunches and more cosseted evening meals with friends or partners. Staff are attentive without being intrusive and the decor is rather like ...
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French

Cigalon: French cuisine lacking that joie de vivre

From makers of the Club Gascon Restaurant ventures, Cigalon in the heart of the busy London legal world near Chancery Lane is a spacious setting for a spot of Provencal cuisine. Clad with olive trees, trellises and an airy dining room Cigalon has a Provencal menu and endeavours to remind diners of sunnier French shores. ...
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French

Blanchette Soho: Classic rustic French cuisine

Opened by French brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Anary with help from the Salt Yard group Blanchette Soho is a humble looking classic French bistro with stripped back decor and modern 2015 bistro feel. Hot salty gougeres of cheese alongside sweet and sour confited onions are a thoughtful and inexpensive dish, not quite as succulent ...
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French

Terroirs: Delicious rustic French cuisine

  Just a stones throw away from Trafalgar Square rustic French cooking takes pride of place at French tapas venue Terroirs, which also runs three other operations (Brawn, Soif and the Green Man & French Horn).  It has a crowded ground floor with typically traditional French decor and an array of small plates such as ...
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Cafes

Cafe Pistou: Charming Provencal Cuisine in Exmouth

Exmouth market is an inviting food street in London in the sunnier seasons and there are a line of relatively good bistrou, coffee outlets and tapas restaurants, one of the latest of which is the French Cafe Pistou, nestling rather attractively as an aquamarine building on the edge of the market. It aims to reinterpret ...
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French

Lutyens: Fine formal French cuisine

  Sir Terence Conran’s Lutyens is imposingly housed in the old Reuters building which was originally designed in 1930 and is the third venture of Conran, which also includes Boundary and Albion cafe in London’s highly trendy Shoreditch. The restaurant is classically elegant and has great natural light and a sense of spaciousness. There is ...
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French

Galvin La Chapelle: Elegant French fare

Galvin La Chapelle is a Spitalfields located elegant destination for modern French food in an airily, opulent setting with swift military regimented service, always with a smile and flavours ranging from the more mundane to some rather lush more consistently robust French flavours. A patch of the Galvin Brother empire the restaurant inhabits a Grade ...
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French

City Social: Elegant Michelin dining in the sky

One of Michelin chef Jason Arterton’s ventures, City Social, alongside the prestigious Michelin starred Pollen and equally accomplished Social Eating House is another well turned out, elegant city restaurant, with a modern European menu, formal sensibility and attention to detail that frequently features in Jason’s dishes. The views are outstanding and the cuisine features a ...
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British

The New Angel: New Michelin-worthy Notting Hill venue

Michelin level restaurants with a neighbourhood vibe are hard to come by but that’s just what the team are seeking to create at Michelin-starred restaurateur John Burton-Race’s latest offering in Chepstow, Notting Hill. Converted from a pub to a fine dining venue it’s bright, minimalist and chic and lone diners from the area are already ...
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French

Chez Bruce: Effortlessly Palatable Classical Cuisine

I am starting to get bored of foams and gharish colours adorning my plate lately. I’m slightly disturbed by the rise of fusion Asian cuisine that blends discordant flavours and Michelin level joints seem to be plying my desserts with too many components that clearly belong in a starter or main and never anywhere near ...
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French

The Greenhouse: Intelligently designed food

The beautifully calm zen garden area sets the theme for lunch at the decidedly serene Greenhouse Restaurant located in Hays Mews. It’s elegant, understated and minimalist, much like the food. Another critic decried an antiseptic ambience, but this was not present on my visit, on the contrary it was a rather liveable space for a ...
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French

Galvin La Chapelle: Fabulously fine French food

Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. The third restaurant opened by acclaimed chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, La Chapelle earned a Michelin star within a year of opening in London’s Spitalfields Market and has won numerous accolades for its modern French cuisine. There is a distinctive grandeur about the venue, occupying a ...
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British

Medlar Review: One of London’s finest Michelins

As London-based Michelin restaurants go you won’t find stratospherically better food than Medlar on the King’s Road in Chelsea. They don’t seem to try too hard and nor do they need to. Food is often exemplary and doesn’t lack complexity to its detriment. Head Chef Joe Mercer Nairne is ex-Chez Bruce and the manager David ...
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British

La Trompette: Charming and classic Michelin cuisine

Established in 2001 Chiswick based La Trompette is an offshoot of Michelin restaurant The Square and part of the Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole restaurant group, also encompassing Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse. La Trompette offers more simplistic cuisine to The Square, still with a good degree of refinement, such that it earned a Michelin ...
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French

Club Gascon: A mixed barrel and shocking dessert

A souped up pond on a plate was not what I expected for dessert in a Michelin establishment, but is sadly what I got at the highly respected French restaurant Club Gascon, located close to Smithfield Market and Barbican, and lauded for it’s French gastronomy. Top chef Pascal Aussignac has maintained the culinary Michelin accolade ...
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British

Kitchen W8: Standout Michelin dining

Sometimes I venture into a Michelin restaurant and worry that the food will be nothing more than mildly agreeable and I start to wonder if other dining establishments without a star are unnecessarily falling below the radar. Then I invariably dine at a venue without a prestigious award of some kind and I’m reminded that ...
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French

Madame Gautier: Rustic French Fare

Launched in July 2013 Madame Gautier is a neighbourhood French bistro in Kensal Rise with an understated atmosphere and menu and friendly, helpful staff. The bistro opts for small producers and farmers in sourcing ingredients and produces freshly made dishes from regional French recipes handed down through the generations. It’s typically comforting, authentic, rustic French ...
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British

Sixty One Restaurant: Michelin level cuisine at a snip

Occupying a discreet brown and cream dining room Sixty One Restaurant is housed in the boutique Montcalm Hotel close to Marble Arch and offers a polished menu of Modern British food including braised beef cheeks, mussels with bread soup and suckling pork belly, fillet of venison with salsify and squab pigeon. The restaurant has 61 ...
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