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Roussillon

French Restaurant in London

Roussillon, 16 St Barnabas St, London, SW1W 8PE
020 7730 5550    Email    Website   
This restaurant is now closed
This restaurant is now closed
Harden's Survey Result
Overall Value
out of 5
Food 
Service 
Ambience 
2012 Review: This “sedate” (but quite “romantic”) Gallic operation is still often hailed as a Pimlico “hidden gem”, but there’s no doubt it has “slightly lost its edge” since its former chef left last year; no reason for despair, though – many reports do speak of “exquisite” dishes, and fans say the new régime is “getting there”.
STOP PRESS: June 2012: Now closed.
Features
Business Facilities Yes1
Private Rooms Yes28
Last Orders 10 pm
Dress Code no trainers
The Editors Review

This Pimlico side street spot has earned 'hidden gem' status among the capital's restaurant cognoscenti. If you've never given it a go, there's an excellent-value new set lunch here that's a good reason to make the trip. At £35, and, with the exception of 12.5% service, it really does include everything, including water, half a bottle of wine, very good coffee and as many amuses as a Michelin inspector could ever want.


Only five minutes' walk from Sloane Square - turn right at the Orange Brewery - this is one of the most genuinely French dining rooms in the capital. That's not to say there's any element of Gallic pastiche, just an understated brown and aubergine decorative scheme - much improved in recent times - which would seem entirely at home in any smart Parisian banlieu. The ambience perhaps works best at night, but it strikes the daytime visitor as comfortable and well-spaced (if without any 'electricity').


Standouts at a recent lunch included scallops, sea bream, pork, an impressive selection of French cheeses and a chocolate fondant that, if not especially unctuous, had a very good flavour. Ducasse-trained chef Gerard Virolle has a particular gift for presentation. Nothing is fussed with, but everything - from a charming selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, to a great array of petits fours - is at least as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.


On the wine front, the offer presents about half a dozen choices of each colour (mainly of the sorts of bottles often tagged as 'regional'). The helpful sommelier is unusually relaxed about mixing and matching your allowance (even, if required, dispensing by the glass).


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