The ridiculous number of restaurant’s within the borders of London creates a nightmarishly difficult decision when attempting to find a venue for dinner, especially when they are all vying for your attention online and in the streets. For the Francophones and the general lovers of all things French, trying to find an authentic restaurant to satisfy your Parisian trained taste buds can be an even more daunting endeavour and often ends in disappointment.
In case you’ve been searching for a truly French experience in London, we’ve compiled a list of those below that should give the real Parisian something to write home about.
The innovative team at Bar Boulud have created a highly enjoyable dining experience with service fit for a royal couple. This US import is based in a Knightsbridge hotel and offers exquisite French food at very reasonable prices, especially considering the standard of the food. And it’s not all posh, you can even find the classic croque monsieur here to accompany your coq au vin.
Brunch at The Park Grand London Paddington
Grain Store is the child of Bordeaux-born chef Bruno Loubet and follows on from the extraordinary success of Bistrot Bruno Loubet. The restaurant claims to have no geographical boundaries when it comes to the influences for their eclectic menu and all of the dishes are artfully crafted in both taste and aesthetics. Holding sensational treats for both vegetarians and meat lovers alike, not to mention an exquisite cocktail menu at the bar, this bountiful bistro will never fail to impress.
Hélène Darroze at the Connaught is really somewhere for those that are looking to splash out and impress that significant other. This two Michelin-starred restaurant offers one of Mayfair’s most intimate dining experiences. Hélène is famous for crediting each supplier of ingredients to ensure she always gets the very best for her culinary creations, which combine exceptional produce with a contemporary flourish, in a truly elegant setting.
The clue for La Fromagerie is in the name. This London deli is a great place to spend the entire day, although it does get rather busy around lunch time. Now offering two locations in London, both shops feature cheese maturing cellars and their signature walk-in cheeserooms. And we haven’t even mentioned the food yet. You could begin with the South West France Farmhouse Breakfast, a strong start to any day of cured meats and cheeses, then lunch on a rustic French classics such as snails or confit duck. It’s enough to get any mouth watering.
Casse-Croûte is a classic Améliesque French bistro, that has created a Gallic charmer with a reasonably priced menu. It holds those delightful lettered mirrors on tobacco coloured walls, creating a moodily French atmosphere to back up boldly flavoured traditional dishes such as fish soup, steak tartare and boeuf bourguignon.
The old-school restaurant, Provender, heralded the return of previously Michelin starred chef Max Renzland, formerly of Chez Max in Richmond, Le Petit Max in Hampton Wick and Monsieur Max in Hampton Hill. Locals and foodie tourists alike march through his doors, tempted by its rich Gallic food and terrific wines, later these customers roll back out into the streets completely content.
The lush and plentiful French restaurant, Galvin La Chapelle, can leave you breathless and speechless by not only fantastic menu, but also its magnificent setting. Housed within an old chapel of a Victorian girl’s school, with fantastically high ceilings framed by towering columns, this listed building provides a beautiful feast for the eyes to accompany the restaurant’s exquisite dishes. However, its not cheap and those who enter should be prepared to reach deep into their pockets.
Medlar restaurant is an exceptional restaurant located Chelsea that houses world-class cooking with exceptional flavour combinations. Don’t let the understated decor fool you, the artful dishes they produce is the real decoration and you’ll find every flavour perfect, be it with the main courses or dessert.
If you’re looking for dinner with entertainment, the French-leaning restaurant, Bistrotheque, also holds a penchant for alternative performance, but don’t let this question their fare. Weekend pancakes at brunch or the three-course set dinner for an impressive £17.50, this trendy eatery has something for everyone.