Claude Bosi at Bibendum 333

Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road , London, SW3 6RD

5 reviews

French Chelsea

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  • Claude Bosi at Bibendum London restaurant bar Chelsea
  • Claude Bosi at Bibendum London restaurant bar Chelsea
  • Claude Bosi at Bibendum London restaurant bar Chelsea
  • Claude Bosi at Bibendum London restaurant bar Chelsea
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SquareMeal Review of Claude Bosi at Bibendum

This latest iteration of the iconic Michelin House unites two legends of the London restaurant scene. Bibendum was founded in 1987 by Sir Terence Conran, publisher Paul Hamlyn and chef Simon Hopkinson and helped kick-start the British restaurant revolution. Claude Bosi, meanwhile, won two Michelin stars for Hibiscus in Ludlow, transferred the restaurant to Mayfair and closed it after 10 years last autumn. Here in Chelsea, Bosi’s cooking is a little more relaxed, although the style is definitely more Hibiscus than Bibendum. So you’ll find amuse bouches of pissaladière fashioned into lifelike ‘olives’, a tiny cornetto of frozen foie gras, and an eggshell filled with mushroom duxelles, coconut foam and curry powder: all very clever. But you’ll also encounter two whopping stalks of intensely flavoured green and white asparagus, chicken that tastes of a life well lived and, best of all, a Staub pan brimming with chunky, funky tripe and cuttlefish, two hefty slices of pig ear and ham cake on the side: simple dishes elevated to the sublime by a kitchen versed in skilful technique. Prices, whether on the à la carte or tasting menu, are as unremittingly high as ever, although a set lunch for £35.50 and forthcoming Sunday roasts carved from a trolley are an attempt to make what is undoubtedly a special-occasion destination work for locals as well. But Bibendum’s food has only ever been half the story; there are few rooms in London that are as much of a pleasure to spend time in as this one, when light filtered through the stained glass depictions of the Michelin man and streaming through the huge windows makes a meal here a life-affirming experience on even the rainiest of days.        


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7.2

Food & Drink: 7.4

Service: 6.8

Atmosphere: 7.6

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

James C. gold reviewer 24 February 2014

I tried this one out I think one Sunday without booking but was quickly accommodated without fuss at a table of my choice on the first floor restaurant. I like this.Its always a struggle having to apologise for actually wanting to buy a meal and negotiate where to sit as in some places. Being on my own I did feel a little uncomfortable as most other diners were in social groups or couples but what the heck. It appeared very clean bread and table water were brought along with butter. The service was attentive perhaps a little hovering or ‘smooth’. The meal was fine and the sweet nice too. Perhaps a little pricey for what one got. Throughout I felt a little 'watched'by gaggles of managers and waiters congregating round the central till area but this is common in many high quality places. Overall perhaps a little over fussy and dated in its fairly predictable par for the course accessessories but trying hard. A nice meal on a Sunday Afternoon but bot too often as the price was around £40-50.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Bunter 28 November 2011

Went to Bibendum for the first time for a family celebration, eager with anticipation, and following a pleasant welcome were shown to a table in the middle of the room, sandwiched between two serving stations. The food was absolutely fine but that's the problem, there was nothing wrong with it but equally nothing to rave about; I would prefer to say ‘it was exceptional’ but can't muster more than ‘adequate’ and certainly not worth the premium price. The dishes were generous but barely elevated beyond ‘good gastropub’. It is a lovely room, if a little noisy, but my biggest grumble was the poor service. Our experience included having water and then bernaise sauce sloshed all over us and the table; wine opened for tasting and then left on the serving station and not poured; I was bashed into a total of seven times by staff at the adjacent station; staff arguing with each other about orders within earshot, our waitress even breaking off mid-service to continue the debate with her colleague; staff shouting across our table between the stations. Raised the concern with management at the end of the meal, who dealt with the complaint courteously but with little more than platitudes. Given the accolades I can only assume they know when the reviewers are in and up their game, or perhaps this was a one-off, but they need to show more flair in the kitchen and, most importantly, improve front of house staff training. If you like this kind of thing try The Wolseley instead.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 09 November 2009

I like Bibendum. It has been there for ever and of course over the long term there are some ups and some downs, yet it has always delivered and has a really good balance between high end dining and a nice non-pretentious style. I sometimes feel it is reviewd harshly because it is compared to the wrong kind of restaurants. The Oyster Bar downstairs is fun in the warmer months and staff are always friendly and make everything possible. An underrated institution.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Sarah J. 10 June 2009

The food was good, it just wasn't great. Very nice wines, service was good but there was something about it that didnt blow me away. Very pricey but they really do feed you – huge portions. Felt quite ill when I left but felt a bit guilty too as I didnt manage to finish anything. Nothing wrong with it but it just did nothing to excite me. Full of tourists too.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Simon D. 15 February 2009

Just brilliant – had a Friday lunch here. Great location, fantastic menu and food, civilised atmosphere, polite but unobtrusive service, and the fixed price weekday lunch menu is good value, considering the calibre of the restaurant. Would recommend it to anyone.

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