In the basement beneath big-brother restaurant l’Etranger is Meursault, which replaces the former Opal Bar. The menu shares the same Franco-Japanese approach as l’Etranger, but the emphasis is on more casual dining, with the likes of sashimi or ‘tartare’ sharing platters of wagyu or charolais beef, or raw tuna with caviar. The food, from the same kitchen as l’Etranger, is as well rendered as it is upstairs. Insider’s tip: Meursault’s wine-pairing menu (£49 per person, including wine) is a good-value alternative to dining upstairs – although the low ceilinged, bunker-like space lacks the luxe feeling of the ground-floor establishment. As a wine bar, though, this place is hard to beat, because it has the same outstanding wine list as L’Etranger.
36 Gloucester Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served 6-11pm Mon-Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Gloucester Road tube|
|Price:||Main courses £14.50-£36|
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