Claude Bosi at Bibendum

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SquareMeal Review of Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Gold Award

“Claude Bosi is now at the top of his game in one of London’s most iconic rooms”, notes one reader – and we have to agree that the two-Michelin-starred master of innovative French cuisine is right at home in Bibendum. His tasting menu will make you “smile and swoon”, and the sheer dexterity is mesmerising from start to finish. 

An opening salvo of canapés spans everything from tricksy cocoa butter ‘olives’ encasing liquid pissaladière or light-as-air chicken for dipping into chicken-fat mayo to Bosi’s classic pea mousse with coconut foam and curry-filled egg.

Produce is best-of-the-best, yet never served without invention: a whole lobster glazed in Singaporean pepper with crisp wontons of claw meat; intense duck jelly topped with geometrically perfect cubes of sturgeon and oodles of caviar; a king-sized langoustine paired with punchy iced consommé and smoked pike roe.

Other dishes are now classics, from the gutsy tripe and cuttlefish gratin with pig’s ear and ham cake (inspired by Bosi’s mother) and the rolled turbot ‘à la grenobloise’ in foaming cream sauce with capers and croûtons to a vacherin involving new season’s ceps and banana or a seriously rich chocolate soufflé emblazoned with the Michelin logo and filled with whisky ice cream at the table.

“Effortless service” hits a mid-point between fun and formal, while the wine list is both inventive and unexpected without neglecting the big-spending classics. Bills are punishing but worth it, although kindly priced set lunches are a genuine bargain in this gorgeous room with its deep-pile carpets and stained glass caricatures of the Michelin man.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Other Awards
Two Michelin stars
Food Occasions
Brunch
People
Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

COVID-19 Update for Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Updated on 03 Jul 2020

Re-opening on 8th September


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Does Claude Bosi at Bibendum have a Michelin star?

Claude Bosi at Bibendum has two Michelin stars.

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Location for Claude Bosi at Bibendum

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

020 7581 5817

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Opening Times

Wed-Sun 12N-2.15pm (Sun -3pm) Wed-Sat 6.30-9.45pm (Sat -10pm)

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17 Reviews 
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Anon

Disappointed
12 September 2021  

We waited an hour for dessert and every time we were told that it would be in 5 minutes.

As a result, they did not bring.

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Alex G

Claude Bosi at Bibendum: Slow puncture
20 July 2021  

There is so much to like about the whole Bibendum experience that it was a real pity that the enjoyment of dining there for a special occasion on a recent Saturday night gradually – similar to a slow puncture – leaked away as the evening wore on. The analogy is deliberate. For those unaware, ‘Bibendum’ is the name of the jovial Michelin Man, famously comprised of stacked white tyres. Claude Bosi’s London venture (the chef first found fame and gained Michelin stars at Hibiscus in Ludlow, Shropshire) is located at Michelin House on the corner of London’s Fulham Road, the first permanent headquarters of the French tyre company. As a fan of Art Déco, I had always been keen to visit the building and having enjoyed Hibiscus when it opened briefly as a pop-up in London around a decade ago, the stars conveniently aligned for this visit to Bibendum. The building is an absolute marvel, both inside and out; a temple of architectural exuberance which has undoubtedly stood the test of time. Both my comrade and I loved the use of space in the main dining room and particularly the stained-glass windows. Tables are well-spaced, and guests are treated to a wonderful exercise in being made to feel welcome. Service throughout was exemplary, with just the right balance between informal conversation and the provision of necessary information; always polite and never intrusive. So far, so good. Our meal also started ever so promisingly with a glass of fizz to accompany our amuse-bouches. We liked the fact that my vegetarian comrade’s nibbles looked identical to mine, although clearly comprised different ingredients. Indeed, we both noted how thoughtful the chef and his team must have been. Our server then asked if we wished to know what we would be eating across our six-course tasting menu. We declined and he said we would hence be “surprised.” Attentive readers might well have been wondering after all this prior praise where the ‘but’ was going to come. Surprised we were. From my side – as an omnivore – Claude Bosi clearly merits his two Michelin stars. However, it became abundantly clear to us that after the early flourish of the amuse-bouches, Bibendum really does not care about or cater for vegetarians. That’s a big problem if one comprises half of your dining group! After a lovely take on tomato caprese, which we both enjoyed as our first course, things began to take a turn for the worse at dish three. I benefited from a piece of turbot with a small side of coconut, horseradish and pea risotto. My dining comrade felt justified in being disappointed that my side comprised her plate, an indication perhaps of the esteem in which the chef holds vegetarians. We were once infamously told by a front-of-house at a top Parisian restaurant when requesting whether vegetarian options were possible that it would be “boring for the chef” to prepare them. Perhaps this was the case at Bibendum too? Worse was arguably to come. Mashed potato and satay sauce (the fourth dish for my vegetarian comrade) sounds more like a student forage with cupboard ingredients than what one might expect at a top restaurant. It hardly bore comparison to my veal sweetbread with black olive, anchovy and feta. At least the paired wines helped ease some of the disappointment. They were all high-quality and intelligently considered, particularly the Sauvignon Blanc from Alto Adige and a Bordeaux blend from Lebanon. Pricing overall was at the top-end of what one might pay for comparable experiences in London. Needless to say, we won’t be returning.

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Julia S

06 August 2019  
Impeccable service and reasonably priced, even with a wine pairing.

Wendy W

06 August 2019  
Everything from the downstairs welcome/reception, through to the greeting up on the first floor, and the whole dining experience is exceptional. Have only been twice but both occasions were superb. The tasting menus are divine, the food is truly wonderful, and beautifully presented, and the wine pairings, the service and all the staff are excellent. Highly recommend.

Alex F

28 June 2019  
Just stunning cooking.

ROOZBEH S

29 March 2019  
Food great, Dessert was super excellent-dã©cor was elegant;well lit & cool ambience;Well was pricy but worth it.

Julie R

04 August 2018  
Bosi at the top of his game in one of the most iconic rooms in London. A tasting menu to make you smile and swoon.

Stephanie S

25 July 2018  
Best michelin star in london.

Angelika F

28 June 2018  
Superb food with effortless service. Great all round dining experience.

Don V

Undwhelming, unfriendly, and a shame
17 February 2018  
We were most looking foreard to experience a new 2*, as few new ones have surfaced over the years. But this one is a complete joke unfortunately. Firstly, the service is cold, not customer centric, and seemingly disinterested. The interior is plain, which is a shame for such a beautiful building. The wine menu is short, obvious, and superficial. But worst of all was the food. Elementary mistakes, inconsistent preparation, and careless plating was common on almost every course. Its was try hard, and lacked basic execution skills. Finally, we found the chef, Claude Bossi, extremely rude and arrogant, as though he didn't want to be there and didn't care whether customers were enjoying themselves or not.
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