Transferring the Riviera’s sunshine cuisine into an über-glitzy Knightsbridge basement is a big ask, but this spin-off from global superstar Alain Ducasse’s restaurant of the same name in St Tropez absolutely nails it. The sparkling, diamante-studded room with its red pillars and mirrored walls may lack a certain charm, but the buzzy vibe, Converse-clad waiters and Provençal small-plates menu mean that this isn’t your everyday hotel eatery. Ducasse protégé Damien Leroux works sheer magic with his ingredients, and we have been blown away by the intensity of flavour in simple dishes ranging from artichoke and borage ravioli to delicate lobster gelée with gamberoni (a “rich, refined experience”) – although others have found little in the way of finesse (bland gnocchi, octopus salad overloaded with potato, etc). Portions aren’t large and bills can add up, but it’s reckoned to be well worth the money.
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Menu includes 2 starters, 1 main and 1 dessert coffee, tea and ½ bottle of water.
Max: 6 people
Starts: 13 Jun 2014
Expires: 13 Sep 2014£35