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4 Bathurst Street
With its classic French menu, superb wine list, romantic art-nouveau interior and warm welcome, Thierry Tomasin’s bistro de quartier is a destination for diners bored with gimmicks. Readers applaud its “fantastic service and attention to detail”, while the kitchen delivers some beautifully executed, familiar food with some “really original” touches. From baked shallot and snail tarte Tatin with mulled wine reduction or scallops with morels, shaved cauliflower and dandelion leaves to guinea fowl with hop shorts and beer sauce or olive-crusted lamb fillet with lentil purée, roast parsnip and liquorice-spiked wine sauce, everything depends on “superb ingredients”. The menu is constantly refreshed with occasional exotics (roast duck with Szechuan pepper and pak choi, say), but you can eat what you like – from a full-on dinner to a single dish and a glass of wine. Given Thomasin’s background as London’s top sommelier, the wine cellar is mind-blowing (Cheval Blanc ’28 at £2,500 anyone?), but house tipples are excellent and available to take away.
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4 Bathurst Street
Lancaster Gate Tube Station 226m
Paddington Station 333m
Trinity Arts Centre 795m
Kensington Gardens 850m
Mon-Sun 10am-11pm (Sun -10pm)
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Food + drink: 3
We have eaten at the Angelus four times now so we do like the place. But this was the first time that we had reservations about the food. On the plus side: The wood pigeon (a last minute stand-in for the grouse which was not available on the night) was excellent: the breast part of the dish was spot on – pink and soft and the pie part was as rich and gamey as you like. But the poached cod seemed undercooked. Undercooking fish seems to be a bit of a fad these days but it is not to everyone's taste. Maybe waiting staff could advise clients if the chef serves cod more sashimi-style? Good wine list with wines to suit all pockets. I was glad to see that the place was pretty full for a Monday night. It gave it a lively atmosphere and also meant that the closeness of the tables was not a problem. We won't let this visit deter us.
Food + drink: 5
Two of us went for an informal, mid-week lunch at Angelus. We both had the set lunch at £20 / head. I started with a delicious green bean and bacon salad, followed by sole fillets which were perfectly cooked. We left the choice of wine to the sommelier who produced a superb red burgundy at the very reasonable price (for the quality) of £45. French cooking and hospitality at its best.
Food + drink: 4
My wife and I discovered this restaurant quite by chance one Sunday evening when we were staying in a nearby hotel. It was a pleasantly warm evening, so we decided to dine al fresco. The food, wine and service were exemplary, and the entire evening was an absolute delight.
The bill of £180, which included two bottles of wine, seemed not unreasonable, and I will definitely recommend this restaurant to all our friends. We look forward to returning again when we are next in town
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