Once a haunt of stars from stage and screen (note the gallery of autographed celeb photos on the walls) and a favourite bolthole for journos during the 90s, this ‘iconic eatery' seems to have gone off the boil judging by recent reports of ‘more waiters than diners' in the nostalgically OTT, art-deco dining room. Nevertheless, the kitchen soldiers on, serving up unapologetically old-school French dishes with barely a glance at the culinary world outside. Step into the time warp with a bowl of vichyssoise or sautéed lamb's sweetbreads with garlic croutons, before choosing from retro mains such as braised ox-cheek bourguignon or pavé of salmon with baby leeks and sorrel sauce. Set menus are fairly priced for the postcode, but that can't disguise the fact that Elena's star is on the wane.
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