Tendances post COVID

Le Sommelier never ceases to inform you of the latest gastronomic activities. In recent days, culture and refinement combine with the circumstances of a particular autumn to select gourmet restaurants while respecting social distance.
Following the re-opening of restaurants if life gradually resumes its course, we must not forget the sanitary measures that prevent a possible second wave. For example, restaurateurs have developed new features to ensure safety standards and reassure their customers. Among these, maintenance of distance of a metre, wearing of mask and regular use of disinfectant does not change. In addition, the seatings are optimised to manage social distance.


34 Duke Street St James's, London SW1Y 6DF

One of the smartest streets in St James’s, Duke Street’s restaurant scene is set to thrive again, thanks to the arrival of Maison François, the latest from François O’Neill. Before dinner, you can head downstairs to Frank’s wine bar for an aperitif and some charcuterie. Paying homage to elegant French brasseries, Head Chef Matthew Ryle, devised the classic menu in line with François and front of house Ed Wylandand. This is fine French cuisine at its best: starting with leek vinaigrette with bottarga and crunchy croutons, flat-bread and moules marinière or boeuf en gelée and elegant rock oysters. For the main course, you are spoilt for choice – with Raviolis du Dauphiné, freshly-made ragout with Toulouse sausage or perhaps the beef entrecote accompanied by a silky pepper sauce or the red mullet cooked on an open fire. The dessert offering is delicious too! a delightful collection of handmade praline truffles, layered gâteau Marjolaine, macaroons.


61 Elizabeth Street, London SW1 1W

Expect to find a stylish crowd celebrating the return at this Elizabeth Street favourite. Offering the finest Italian-inspired dishes with a menu of steak, game and pasta. After several months of closure, it finally reopens more gourmet than ever to give you an unforgettable experience - booking is weeks in advance to secure one of its coveted, socially distanced tables.


Four Seasons Hotel, 10 Trinity Square, Tower, London EC3N 4AJ

At La Dame de Pic, Anne-Sophie Pic has two Michelin stars in London to join her star in Paris, and her three stars at Maison Pic in Valence. Her style is haute cuisine at its finest, taking exquisite ingredients, combining them in unusual ways and presenting them with the absolute highest level of intricacy. Her royal sea bream with Tasmanian pepper berry, finger lemon, junmai sake ice cream and Petrossian caviar is a perfect encapsulation of this, and just one dish amongst many that has been wowing diners since La Dame de Pic opened in London.

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