On fine days, City folk decamp en masse to the roof gardens and suntrap terraces of this chic Gallic charmer. Nestled among its trees and greenery you could be on The Riviera – a world away from the Square Mile's financial pressure cooker. Broadly speaking, the food is every bit as appealing as the setting: try plump seared scallops atop an intensely saffrony Provençal cream, followed by a complex plate of squab pigeon with sweet spices, al dente buttered pears, celeriac and foie-gras purée and a dainty pithivier stuffed with leg meat, all overlaid with a rich savoury reduction. The cheeseboard is a stunner and elegantly crafted desserts might feature passion fruit and vanilla vacherin wrapped in a delicately monogrammed chocolate coat. Set menus keep a lid on costs and the encyclopaedic, 600-bin wine list runs to 60 pages, with strength in the classic French regions and good value in the upper echelons.
A traditional list, but what sets it apart is the even-handed way in which it treats every country equally. It’s not just the A-list appellations of France that are clearly subdivided, but those of the New World, too. There’s a large, fairly priced by-the-glass selection, and also six wine flights. And this being the City, there’s no shortage of expense-account busting bottles, and diners looking for £1,000+ bottles won’t be disappointed.
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From a set menu.
Max: 5 people
Expires: 29 Dec 2013