Please note, the first floor restaurant at Bibendum is now closed. It will reopen in April 2017 as Claude Bosi at Bibendum. Time Out Food and Drink editors, February 2017.
Set on the first floor of the iconic Michelin Building, this is one of the loveliest restaurant rooms in London – light and airy, not too big, with lots of stained glass – and attracts a mixed bag of diners. Head chef Matthew Harris’s menu consists of classics, sometimes with a twist (a special of monkfish wrapped in prosciutto, with artichoke and chanterelles, sometimes without (fillet steak au poivre). The best dishes in a recent summer meal were starters; both charentais melon ‘gazpacho’ with brown shrimps and salsa, and spinach mousse with poached duck egg and anchovy hollandaise packed a flavoursome punch. Desserts are also worth ordering; the standout being a zingy peach bellini granita. Mains (deep-fried haddock and chips with tartare sauce, and roast quail with girolles) were good but not exceptional. And at these prices – the quail cost £25, and needed a side dish (courgette provençal, another £4) – nice enough doesn’t quite cut it. Service, while pleasantly unstuffy, was a little over-eager; water and wine constantly topped up, bread plates and pudding dishes whisked away before we’d quite finished. On the plus side, bread, olives and petits fours were generously distributed. The wine list is a serious prospect, but contains some affordable bottles. The Oyster Bar on the ground floor is a charming spot in its own right.
|Cross street:||81 Fulham Road|
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; 12.30-3pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 7-11pm Mon-Sat; 7-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: South Kensington tube|
|Price:||Main courses £18-£32. Set lunch £26.50 2 courses, £30 3 courses|
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A favourite. Manages to be both quite 'smart' without being stuffy. The food is very much classic French and there's nowt wrong with that. The ongoing influence of Simon Hopkinson (another favourite of mine) is clear to see and a joy. The service has always been excellent and frankly my only complaints are that a) I can't afford to go there more often and b) the sheer size of the wine menu, whilst being impressive (it's as thick as several phone books), is completely impractical- I'd happily settle for a curated, shorted tome. Now I want to go again...
Have walked past the restaurant many times to admire the Michelin man and finally decided to stop in for a late dinner. They were so accommodating and the service was superb. The food was excellent. Altogether a wonderful experience.
Very poor service ; ordered cocktails which did not arrive but have been conveniently added to our bill. Rabbit main course was way to salty, to the brink of losing any taste of the food. We had to wave our hads like semaphors , to getextra bread, wine or water to the table. We ended up paying quite a large bill for a very average meal and service. Living in the neighbourhood this used to be one of my usual spots for dinner; don't think so any more as this is the second time in a row I am being exposed to bad service and average food