CORD by Le Cordon Bleu

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Bronze Award
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Bronze Award

1895 was a busy year for Paris. Paul Cézanne had his first solo exhibition, the Lumiere brothers held their first screening with an audience and Marthe Distel opened Le Cordon Bleu. Over a century later, Le Cordon Bleu operates in 20 countries, training 20,000 students each year in everything from chocolate tempering to food styling. This, however, is the school’s first restaurant in London.

CORD bears the school’s colours of white, blue and gold, along with plenty of logo-adorned toques bobbing in the kitchen. The executive chef, meanwhile, is placed firmly at the pass, inspecting every smear, drizzle and quenelle. As old-school as it feels, the place oozes French swankiness. 

As one might expect, every dish exhibits numerous culinary techniques.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Eat at Home
Takeaway service
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Famed Parisian cooking school Le Cordon Bleu has spawned a sibling, CORD, a unique dining concept that combines a fine dining restaurant, café and an outpost for the London Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute where it offers short cooking courses for aspiring chefs – all under one roof.  

The 90-cover restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, and offers a range of dining options including a la carte, the chef market menu and spring tasting menu. Various tones of ‘bleu’ have been used throughout the decor, while statement light installations and gold finishes afford the space a contemporary and stylish feel.  

The a la carte menu is divided into starters, mains and desserts with examples such as green asparagus carbonara with cured egg yolk, Parmesan crisp and Guanciale to begin, followed by grilled striploin beef with wagyu nduja and potato confit or perhaps John Dory with green spring vegetables, tartare condiment and blanquette sauce. For afters, the dark chocolate trilogy with 80% chocolate mousse, cocoa nibs, and sorbet sounds particularly delicious, as does the hazelnuts with tonka beans, hazelnut praline and choux.

An eclectic and extensive wine list offers an impressive selection from French vineyards as well as bottles from Germany, Italy, Spain and the New World, with bespoke wine pairings available with food if preferred. A range of spirits and brandies are also on offer.  

The 30-cover CORD Café serves a selection of French patisseries and viennoiseries which are available to eat in or takeaway. Croissants and pastries are baked freshly every day on site alongside gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups and artisan breads. 

Finally, Le Cordon Bleu’s culinary institute also finds a home within CORD. Short courses lead by master chefs from the London institute are held here in everything from worldwide cuisine to wine pairings and patisserie, while corporate short courses are also available for up to 14 people.  


FAQs

Are there vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, there are, as well as a plant-based tasting menu.

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Is the restaurant open on the weekend?

No, only on weekdays.

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Is there private dining?

Yes, there are two private dining rooms downstairs.

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Meet the team
CORD by Le Cordon Bleu

Karl O'Dell

Executive Chef

Karl is the executive chef at CORD by Le Cordon Bleu where he spearheads a talented team to produce seasonal, unique and flavourful dishes. He works alongside senior sous chef Justine Bordet to ensure the highest standards of cooking, craft and presentation on every plate. Karl also competed as a finalist on National Chef of the Year 2023.

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Justine Bordet

Senior Sous Chef

Justine Bordet works alongside executive chef Karl O'Dell to create CORD's signature dishes. She ensures every plate is polished and precise, while supervising the kitchen team. Prior to CORD, Justine occupied roles at a wealth of prestigious restaurants, including as executive chef at Le Sylvestre in France where she helped it win a Michelin star. She also worked as executive chef at Alya's by Sylvestre Wahid in France.

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Marnix Taghon

Junior Sous Chef

Graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in 2017, Marnix has since gone from strength to strength. He held the position of senior chef de partie at two-Michelin-starred The Jane in Belgium, and most recently worked as junior sous chef at Hide, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Mayfair.


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Events

£165CORD Wine Club: Whisky Masterclass & Dinner
Drinks Masterclass
CORD Wine Club: Whisky Masterclass & Dinner

29 Feb 2024

CORD will be hosting a whisky masterclass and dinner on Thursday 29th February 2024.

Indulge in a one-of-a-kind culinary experience with our highly anticipated whisky tasting event. Hosted by an expert from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute, this masterclass and dining event brings the opportunity to learn about and sample exclusive whiskies from several regions in Scotland, including the Caperdonich 18 year old from Peated Speyside Lost Distillery and the Clynleish 14 year old (Highland Whisky).

Guests are invited to arrive between 5:45pm and 6:00pm. You will enjoy a selection of canapés in our private dining room, before taking part in an engaging whisky masterclass. You will then be treated to a delectable 3-course dinner where you will experience CORD's bespoke seasonal dishes, infused with these exceptional whiskies.

Menu for this event is available on CORD website.

Price: £165 per person (service charge included).

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£96.00International Women's Day Dinner at CORD By Le Cordon Bleu
Special Dinner
International Women's Day Dinner at CORD By Le Cordon Bleu

08 Mar 2024

Join us for an exclusive event to celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March, at 6:30pm.

Celebrate International Women's Day with a luxurious 5-course dinner at CORD restaurant. Our Senior Sous Chef, Justine Bordet, will be leading the culinary team for this special event, along with 4 talented guest chefs: Gail Ge'er Li, Luciana Berry, Circle Wong and Emily Roux.

A female sommelier, Jiachen Lu, will pair each course with the perfect wine (wine pairing not included in the price).

Indulge in a culinary journey with a menu carefully crafted to showcase the talents of these amazing female chefs. Each course will feature a unique and innovative dish, using the freshest and highest quality ingredients.

From appetisers to desserts, every dish will be a celebration of women in the culinary world.

£96 per person.

Wine pairing: £55 per person.

Menu is available on CORD website.

More Details

Location

85 Fleet Street, City of London, London, EC4Y 1AE

020 3143 6365 020 3143 6365

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 18:00-22:00
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

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2 Reviews 
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Dana S

05 September 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 2
Value 2

Jeremy K

13 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
A hidden gem

The food is very high quality. A great place for a business meal and not too noisy. Great cafe out front, too.

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