London addressesfor gastronomes

The capital is enjoying a time for lunch, dinner and evenings after dark. Le Sommelier has gone in pursuit of unmissable addresses that are both gourmet and trendy.


GridIron by Como is a grill restaurant that has recently opened at Como Metropolitan London on Park Lane. The kitchen opens onto the room letting the flames crackling be seen by the diners. The starters range from fried squid to pig's head, through black pudding croquettes. The meat provenance is clearly indicated: Barnsley’s hogget, Shorthorn’s onglet or even Dexter’s beef rib. As for the fish, the choice is just as wide and of good quality. Special mention, the Dover sole Meuniere, with brown butter and capers is simply remarkable, served with spinach, and glazed carrots. Or one can stay for a drink of wine and taste Max and Noel Venning’s cocktails.


Since the very first Bagatelle opened in New York, ten years ago, Aymeric Clemente and Remy Laba, two entrepreneurs Français, have excelled... After settling in St-Tropez, Miami and St Barth, Rio de Janeiro and Ibiza, they are today in London! More than a restaurant and bar, Bagatelle is a veritable concept around ' la joie de vivre '. We eat very well there; we also imbibe cocktails and listen to the great figures of the musical scene of the moment. All in a club atmosphere, in a colourful and shimmering décor. The food is Mediterranean French, the luxury touch is truffle and caviar. Chef Dale Osborne, who had made a few sparks at Aqua shard, works equally well with meats, fish and seafood. To taste: the Roast chicken with truffle!

MAGGIE JONE’S, Kensington

Opened in 1964 under the name of ' naan kitchen ' this restaurant was at the time a favorite of Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon. They used to arrive around 21.30 pm, settle in a discreet box on the ground floor and order their favorite dish: chicken and artichoke pie. At the beginning of the 1970’s, the restaurant took the name of Maggie Jones after this famous client who used to book under this pseudonym. The restaurant continues to greet members of the Royal family. Cosy, rustic, warm and incredibly romantic, the place charms straight-out. On the menu a traditional cuisine with a selection of pies to die for! We highly recommend the Maggie creamed fish pie!

LA POULE AU POT, Belgravia

We love the large terrace that opens on the square in the summer season! Inside dried flowers, small baskets, old candlesticks and antique furniture confer a deliciously rustic atmosphere. Here it is French cuisine... Snails, coq-au-vin, Beef Bourguignon, Tarte Tatin, chocolate mousse. We recommend the foie gras terrine accompanied by a superb jelly of Sauternes or the scallops sprayed with a surprising aniseed butter. For desert the braised and caramelised bananas are a must. And to top it all the wine list is remarkable!

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