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145 Dovehouse Street
Immune to the latest whims of dining fashion, Didier Garnier's stately French stalwart glides along gracefully, taking huge pride in the trappings of classic Gallic hospitality – from dicky-bowed waiters to sliced white baguettes and artfully turned vegetables. It's no wonder that the old-school Chelsea brigade flock to the handsome cream-and-blue dining room and its sought-after terrace. The cooking is timeless and executed to perfection – from peerless, precisely spiced beef tartare to fruits de mer (we particularly enjoyed the unshelled brown shrimps with mayonnaise) and expertly cooked slabs of turbot with earthy mushrooms and buttered mangetout. Desserts such as crêpes Suzette and baba au rhum also need no translation. Pick from one of London's best French wine lists and unwind at your leisure – safe in the knowledge that you're in very capable hands.
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145 Dovehouse Street
South Kensington Tube Station 456m
Gloucester Road Tube Station 928m
Chelsea Common 142m
King's Road 397m
Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -3.30pm) 6.30-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)
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Food + drink: 4
The intesreting thing about this restuarnat is niot the restaurant but the comments made. If you want to go to restaurant where 3/4 of the wine list is from Aus/NZ/SA , or you want to order food that isnt classic French then it orobably isnt a good idea to go to the best French bistro in Chelsea/Fulham.
I have ate at this restarurant for nearly fifteen years. It still sets the standard but isnt pretentiious. It doesnt pander to fashion.
It does have one fo the best french wine lists in london for value. It has solid good French cooking, parisien style i would llike to say . The service , welll, its brusque, but you are in a bistro and they arent charging you one fiftya head for a smile. They are clued up , know what they do and polite to regulars. I know. I am spoilt. Johnny come lately realise rhe wine list is a third of the price elsewhere , the food is top notch. If you dont get it, go to a place down the road and drink grog and eat ordinary and double your price.
Food + drink: 3
We met up with friends at Le Colombier and had a lovely evening. This isn't our side of town so we relied on their choice, it's old-school French with brisk waiters and a menu including fish soup, snails and foie gras for starters and a good selection of shellfish, and meat for main course including veal kidneys and sweetbreads.
It was a summer evening although cold so we all went for fish. The crab salad with avocado was popular to start, and the chilled asparagus simply served. Main courses of fish were plentiful – the special of the day was lemon sole in almond butter – something I haven't seen for years, so how could I resist? The others had monkfish and said it was very good. The food was accompanied by a lovely Puligny Montrachet at a relatively modest price so all in all it was delightful.
The restaurant was busy with a mix of mature people, business types, and family groups. Tables are quite close together but it wasn't a problem, we could chat and still hear each other. Didn't really notice the decor, we were too busy catching up with friends, but it all seemed pretty traditional for a French restaurant in Chelsea.
A recent visit confirmed Le Colombier's position close to the top of the Kensington & Chelsea list of places. Wonderful and reassuringly confident cooking, charming staff, even the occaisonal modern twist on the classic menu – and there there's the sun filled dining room – brilliant! Continuez comme ça!
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