171 Knightsbridge, LONDON, SW7 1DW
Alain Ducasse has spread his culinary wings far and wide over an illustrious career, both geographically and stylistically. So although London boasts his most formal style of haute cuisine at the Dorchester, there is also the option of his take on the simple sunny fare of that southern European cusp where Provence meets Italy. This too is a hotel restaurant, ensconced within the confines of the glittering Bulgari, but the mood is much more hang-loose, despite the grand entry down a sweeping staircase. Polished floorboards and art deco-style mirrors in curved booths set a lovely retro theme, the sort of Riviera touch where you might long to spot Audrey Hepburn, and the menus follow suit with an array of small plates of undemanding, but stylishly realised Mediterranean food. Octopus and confit potato salad in spring onion pesto, or chestnut velouté with roasted butternut, might fire the starting-gun, and be followed by glisteningly fresh sea bass in beefy daube sauce with chicory, veal fillet with heritage carrots, shallots and capers, or perhaps a spelt 'pasta' dish with broccoletti dressed in aged parmesan. Finish with the likes of lemon sablé and limoncello sorbet, or pear and chestnut ice cream coupe.
Tel: 020 7151 1025
& 7151 1010
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Cooking type: Modern French, Italian Riviera
Chef: Alexandre Nicolas
Number of seats: 82
Accessible for wheelchairs.
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £24.00
Sunday lunch: £26.00-£32.00
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