Hidden in an alley off busy Knightsbridge, this modest little place is the French restaurant of your dreams. Step inside and it’s a world apart with striped linen tablecloths, bentwood chairs, red velvet curtains, a mirror scrawled with daily specials, and monochrome photographs of la France profonde. It could be corny, instead it’s utterly charming – although prices are more SW1 than Rive Gauche. Chef Thierry Laborde brings top-notch skills to bistro classics such as crisp baby squid with Espelette pepper, chou farci packed with veal, chestnuts and ceps or wild sea bass enveloped in a sea-salt crust – though our top recommendation remains a belt-loosening roast chicken stuffed with foie gras to share. Co-owner Yann Chevris provides effortless service, and the chiefly French wine list is designed for serious oenophiles.
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