The Baptist Bar & Grill at L'Oscar London

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Modern European

The Baptist Bar & Grill at L'Oscar London
The Baptist Bar & Grill at L'Oscar London
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Handily located close to Holborn station, The Baptist is the in-house restaurant of new luxury hotel L’Oscar. It gets its name from its setting in a Grade II-listed former chapel with a stunning domed, double-height ceiling. But while The Baptist’s shell may be classic, its interiors are anything but, with velvet drapes, soft purple furnishings, crystal butterfly taps in the loos and staff dressed in baroque blazers recalling the OTT glamour of the late 90s and early 00s: Changing Rooms on acid.

The intensity of the interiors is contrasted with a menu of straightforward but well-executed dishes, beginning with an indulgent starting snack of blue cheese wrapped in puff pastry. From the starters, we were impressed by half a dozen briny oysters, while a duck and shitake ravioli arrives as a singular plump dumpling, concealing shreds of rich duck tempered with a helping of creamy cabbage.

We skipped the grill offerings (options include ribeye served with snails and garlic or 8oz bavette with chimichurri) and instead tried flaky Cornish cod served on a peacock-print plate and finished off with a thin crust of dill which added a pleasantly bitter undertone.

For dessert, a delicately assembled mille feuille tastes more indulgent than its dainty size initially suggests, thanks to the inclusion of sweet caramelised apple and thick blobs of vanilla custard.

An extensive wine list means there’s plenty of room for splashing the cash, while those looking to make a night of it can always check in to one of L’Oscar’s equally extravagant bedrooms.

About The Baptist Bar & Grill at L'Oscar London

Part of the glamorous L’Oscar hotel, The Baptist can be found inside a grade II listed double-height former chapel. The grand surrounds are matched by an equally decadent menu, which champions seasonal British ingredients. On your visit, you may find starters including foie gras torchon with trompette mushroom and cherry preserve, while mains might see the likes of truffle and liquorice glazed sweetbread with creamed polenta, mandarins and gremolata. Indulgent desserts include a lime tart with a dark chocolate sorbet, and a peanut and caramel opera cake served with banana ice cream, while drinks are taken care of via wines, cocktails and Champagnes, with plenty of options for splashing the cash.

 

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Dark and moody, Fine dining, Glamorous, Traditional, Unique

Location for The Baptist Bar & Grill at L'Oscar London

L’Oscar London, 2-6 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AA

020 7405 5555

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:30
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun Closed

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