England W2 2SD
Tel: 44 20 7402 0083
Concierge.com's insider take:
Although Lancaster Gate is an exclusive part of central London, just a stone's throw from Hyde Park, it has always been rather weak in the culinary department—until now. Owner Thierry Tomasin (formerly head sommelier at Le Gavroche) has created a gem in terms of ambience, service, and food at this classic French restaurant, housed in a 200-year-old former pub. The main dining room, which retains the original wood paneling, holds 15 tables laid with crisp white linens and tasteful floral arrangements, while the old bar has been extended to create an elegant lounge that's perfect for predinner cocktails. This place attracts a lot of French customers (a good sign). Expect simple French dishes perfectly executed rather than complicated flavors and sauces; of particular note is the braised lamb belly and the red mullet, both accompanied by mouth-watering crushed mint potatoes. At around $30 to $35, main courses won't break the bank, and as you'd expect from Tomasin, the wine list is extensive but also reasonably priced.
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 11 am to 12 pm.