Le Petit Beefbar

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SquareMeal Review of Le Petit Beefbar

In the era of Salt Bae, flashy style-over-substance steak restaurants are commonplace. So when we heard about a luxury beef restaurant with branches in Monaco, Saint-Tropez and now London, we were sceptical. The Beefbar name, however, has gathered considerable praise, most notably a Michelin star for its Hong Kong opening.

Tucked away off the King’s Road, the modest shop front would suit a neighbourhood patisserie. Clearly, Le Petit Beefbar wants to break the mould before you walk through the door. Push through said door and you are greeted by a tardis-like space, reminiscent of an upscale Parisian brasserie, lit by umbrella-like lampshades and art deco wall sconces.

Two delicate but potent cocktails arrived first: the Cuckoo Clock and Nikkei Forecast. The first was a kind of Earl Grey gimlet, while the second was more of a plum and coffee-laced old fashioned. The subsequent vegan gyoza were serviceable, although the wrapping was a little thick. The other starter - a ‘world exclusive’ - stole the show before the mains had a chance. Kobe Beef Jamon with a savoury pecorino panettone was as lavish as it sounds. Impossibly thin tranches of arguably the best beef in the world melted on the tongue, with a subtle and complex flavour only 18 months of ageing in Spain can achieve.

Moving to mains, the fillet and dry-aged T-bone were both as good as steak gets. The T-bone’s herby crust was activated by the slight charring, while the fillet offered a softer, more delicate texture. The skinny fries weren’t piping hot, but they had the skin on which earns brownie points from us. Wine pairings courtesy of Giada the manager were spot-on, careful not to distract from the flavour of the meat and the service was friendly and attentive. The much-hyped Beefbar sauce, however, was somewhat forgettable: a slightly unappetising shade of green and too similar to Béarnaise. Finally, the Fior di latte gelato mantecato (very soft and plain Italian ice cream) with a selection of toppings was simple and fresh, balancing the previous courses nicely.

Vegetarians and vegans steer clear. Otherwise, London has a new destination for steak enthusiasts with deep pockets.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
British, Dutch, International, Japanese, North American
Eat at Home
Supper
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Fine dining, Fun, Glamorous, Luxury, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Counter dining, Dog friendly, 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 Le Petit Beefbar

The concept of Beefbar, which started in Monte-Carlo in 2005, is simple: a twist on the classic steakhouse, with modern luxury interiors. Now, the Beefbar brand has expanded all over the world, including Paris, Monaco, Athens, Rome, Saint-Tropez, Hong Kong and of course London. This stylish chain turns heads wherever it lands and has been featured in publications like Vogue and Wallpaper. Most notably, the Hong Kong branch earned Beefbar its first Michelin star in 2017.

When it comes to the food, the clue is in the name. Almost every starter and main is beef-based, so probably not the best place to take a vegetarian or vegan. Meat-lovers, however, have much more to choose from. Starters include intriguing creations like a take on a Croque monsieur, but with the addition of dry-aged ribeye beef prosciutto. For something less European, there is a bao bun with jasmine tea-smoked Wagyu brisket and Asian BBQ sauce. 

Moving to the main event, there are nine beefy mains, including a tagliata with cherry tomatoes and parmesan, classic steak frites and fillet frites, a double cheeseburger and miso black beef. For each of the steak dishes, the menu includes the country of origin, breed and feed (such as grain for 500 days). The showstoppers, however, are the Wagyu ribeye and the cream-of-the-crop Kobe beef, which is priced per 200g. Desserts include equally decadent entries like a caramelised brioche with salted caramel sauce and buttermilk ice cream. 

The wine list includes a wide range of European whites, reds and rosé, including some by the glass, as well as an impressive selection of sparkling, with bottles running up to £425. Cocktails are original, playful creations, such as the Nikkei Forecast, made with Nikka Coffee grain whisky, Akashi-Tai plum sake and Angostura bitters. There are also mocktail options and a good choice of spirits and liqueurs 


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Does Le Petit Beefbar have vegetarian options?

Yes, although the restaurant's main offering is meat-based.

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Does Beefbar have a Michelin star?

Yes, the Hong Kong branch earned a Michelin star in 2017.

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Does Le Petit Beefbar do cocktails?

Yes, Le Petit Beefbar does a range of house cocktails and mocktails.

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Location

27 Cale St, Chelsea, London, SW3 3QP

020 4580 1219

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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 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Dinner
Mon 18:00-22:30
Tue 18:00-22:30
Wed 18:00-22:30
Thu 18:00-22:30
Fri 18:00-22:30
Sat 18:00-22:30
Sun 18:00-21:30

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Anon

12 February 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 3
Restaurant magnifique!!

It wasn't easy finding a decent French restaurant in the area. This palce is a real Aladdin's cave of French-ness and I really loved the food and the atmosphere of the place!

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