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“One of the best meals in London”

Claude Bosi at Bibendum
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Sat, 9/21
8:00 PM
Ranked #499 of 28,473 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $137
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Neighborhood: Chelsea
Description: Chef Patron Claude Bosi re-opened the much-loved 1st floor restaurant at Michelin House in late March 2017.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had been on the wish list for a while now and it certainly lived up to expectations. Chose the signature tasting menu in the end - was considering the surprise menu but will have that next time!
The team were all professional and very friendly, the decor stunning both the original building and the furniture and artwork.
From the flavour surprises of the snacks to the delicious chocolates at the end we enjoyed every bite and ever second of our visit.
Have avoided sweetbreads until now and they were nothing to be scared of today, perfectly cooked and sauce accompanying it made it special.
I agree with most of the other reviews of the individual dishes from the egg to the nosotto etc. I cannot add anything more than to say all were so full or flavour and perfectly presented.
I am going to struggle to pick my favourite!
Only slight negative was the matched wines - all nice but nothing that felt the price was appropriate for the small measures given (not the first restaurant to get such a review by me!) Guess the other diners were wise to just get a bottle!
For a special occasion this is the great choice

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant with partial view of the kitchen. Canapes lovely especially the olive and foie gras. Amuse bouche had different layers of flavours. Had the sweetbread infused with arabica coffee with pickled walnut. First time ever eating sweetbread and it was great. The turbot was delightful and the croutons complemented it well. The chocolate souffle was worth waiting for. Lovely chocolates to finish with.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

This might be the best food in London currently. Three Michelin stars beyond any doubt.
Faultless, precise cooking; adventurous ideas without going over the top; informed and engaging service; and probably the best room in London
Everything we had was a joy.
Ignore the pretentious nonsense from the BobbyMcGee2013 review and just enjoy this wonderful place
Expensive and great value.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Thank johnbQ3125AE
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Reviewed August 3, 2019

Fifth visit to the restaurant. This time a nine course tasting menu was available, showcasing the best from the a la carte menu, everything in small portions (but still quite a lot of food, so you won't leave hungry).

With a glass of Champagne three delicious canapes were served together with "the classic olive tree and the creative olive" (a bit of delicious fun served to everyone).

First a very meaty oyster was served in its shell with additional ingredients from the sea followed by duck jelly at the bottom of the plate and a generous portion of caviar on top. On the side a "stick" filled with creamy smoked sturgeon. The third dish from the sea was crab meat with a fish jelly on top. Three beautiful ways to start the meal - the description doesn't justify the food, you have to try for yourself.

A new invention: risotto served as "nosotto", the rice being substituted with potatoes, but prepared in the same way as risotto. A very clever dish indeed, the potatoes having the same "al dente" feeling as a traditional risotto.

Back to classic food and to a beautifully cooked piece of turbot in a light and refined foam/sauce.This dish finished the trip to the sea (well, almost) and was followed by sweetbread with coffee. I have previously had this dish from the a la carte menu; this time was even better with the coffee flavours being even more present adding a little bitterness to the dish. Rabbit and langoustine ("the sea" returned!) was a nice combination for the seventh course; flavours were not quite as intense, yet still a very good dish.

Pre dessert was a bowl of creme fraiche in the bottom topped with mango and pomelo (which seemed to be a little frosty) serving the purpose of a palate cleanser before the final dessert based on cherries, which was both sweet and refreshing - not too heavy (it was one of the hottest summer days, so freshness was indeed welcome).

A wine pairing was offered to go with the tasting menu. Every wine was perfect with the individual dishes, and especially the dessert wine, which was sake with very distinct notes of almonds, matched the cherries to utter perfection and one of the best wine pairings I have ever enjoyed.

Finally I had two double espresso served with a few chocolates.

For the fifth time I had "the time of my life". Everything being served in this restaurant is no less than perfect, and most is beyond expectations. There is no doubt that the staff are working extremely hard to gain the third Michelin star, which they so rightfully deserve.

The building (Michelin's old headquarters built in the beginning of last century) as well as the restaurant room is iconic with Bibendum (the Michelin man) being represented everywhere - even the stained glasses include images of "good old Bib" (back then he looked slightly "robotic" and not quite as nice as he does today - even smoking a big cigar!). The room has large windows even in the roof to make the restaurant full of daylight. It is a great pleasure to meet the staff, and to enjoy the fruit of all their labour. I send a sincere thank you for creating this experience, and I will indeed watch the release of the 2020 Michelin stars and expect to see Claude Bosi and his team on top of the podium.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019

This restaurant deserves three Michelin stars. Being in the old Michelin building, this would be doing it justice. Claude Bosi was not in the kitchen for lunch on Friday 26th July, which is a shame. Top French cuisine with all products basically imported from France. Brexit may be a problem. But lots of space between the tables and beautiful windows in stained glass.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Thank Zulu2323
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