Unashamedly fine dining. That is what Claude Bosi at Bibendum will be and rightly so, we say. The iconic South Kensington restaurant, set in the original Michelin HQ building, has nurtured many chefs including Jeremy Lee and Phil Howard and now it’s the turn of French chef, Claude Bosi to put his stamp on it at the end of this month.
The first floor restaurant, with said ‘unashamedly fine dining’ menu will showcase Claude’s contemporary and light-hearted flair that we’ve come to know from his Mayfair restaurant, Hibiscus. New dishes will join classics from Hibiscus and Bibendum such as oyster omelette watercress and Oscietra caviar and Galician beef filet ‘a la Ficelle’ smoked eels, beef jam and leaves. Sharing dishes will include dover sole farcie and roast chicken with sides that rotate with the seasons. Visit at the weekend for a lunch carvery where meats are served from the carving trolley and, talking of trolleys, there is a specially designed Art Deco dessert and ice-cream trolley – always the best kind – where you’ll find îles flottantes, Paris Brest, eclairs and trifle.
The space has been redesigned to house a larger central open kitchen, it’ll feature Conran chairs and a soft palate of muted blue tones. The grand exterior will remain, as will the welcoming frontage to the seafood bar and café, except now there will be the addition of a flower shop from Hackney florist Grace & Thorn. Start the day with coffee and pastry, before dressed Cornish crab and lobster aioli with French tarragon for lunch and then Champagne, oysters and fruits de mer come the evening.
Lighter evenings are on the way and when they are here, you’ll find us, crisp glass of wine in one hand and a plate of fresh seafood in the other. Perfect.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum: Opens late March 2017, Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, South Kensington, SW3 6RD, www.bibendum.co.uk
Image: Patricia Niven