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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Innovation and excitement from southwest France

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

Pascal Aussignac was in the vanguard of chefs who abandoned the traditional 3-course format and embraced the now ubiquitous trend for small-plate dining. Two decades have gone by and his avant-garde take on the cooking of southwest France remains as vibrant and exciting as it ever was. Right by Smithfield Market in what was once the Lyons' teashop, the mothership of the ever-growing Gascon empire is a grand, high-ceilinged space of marble walls, oak floors, and blue banquettes at closely set tables. Aussignac may take his spiritual inspiration from his homeland's southwest, but this is highly-evolved, technical cooking that is a long way from the goose-fat-and-garlic peasant cuisine of its roots. The two-course set lunch is a snip, or trade up to the carte of tapas-sized dishes in five themed clusters. A selection could include almost mainstream cappuccino of black pudding, lobster and asparagus, to a more radical pairing of hare with cuttlefish and lobster ‘sand’. Those in search of meaty delights might find Charolais beef variations with oxtail and caviar, while the duck department supplies the bird flamed with smoked pine and aromatic razor clams. The style continues into puddings such as chocolate crémeux with yoghurt pearls, lime and beetroot crisps.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, New Year, Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Closed for lunch: Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Pascal Aussignac

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 400
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 42
  • Off-site parking available: NCP opposite restaurant

Additional information

  • Seats: 42

Getting here

Nearest train station

Barbican, Farringdon, St Paul's
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