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Summary

£76
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “perfect courtyard – practically unique for the West End” is a good feature of this “expensive French bistro”, which serves “classic but well-executed food”. Named after an iconic Covent Garden dining room of the 1920s, it was revived on this site in St James’s (once L’Oranger, RIP) a few years ago, but never really made waves and went into administration last year. “Under new management (and it shows)”, it still seems “slightly overpriced” but elicited supportive, if mixed feedback this year: “They didn’t know what a Kir is. Not great for a restaurant named after a famous chef. Will try again but for now, a work in progress…”

Summary

£72
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A revival of a venerable name from the 1920s on a classic St James’s site (once L’Oranger, RIP), Joel Kissin’s bistro rates well for “excellent breakfasts”. Beyond that it is “just about OK” but there’s an issue: “there’s no need to charge their prices”. Its trump card is “the courtyard – a hidden joy for al fresco dining in the summer”.

Summary

£71
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Joel Kissin’s three-year-old brasserie (on the site that was L’Oranger, long RIP) revives the name of a famous 1920s fine dining Gallic basement in Covent Garden. Perhaps unsurprisingly given its swanky location it seems “slightly pricey” for what it is, but attractions do include “one of the best breakfasts in St James’s”, plus “a super little courtyard for outdoor dining in summer”.

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Menu, Portions
Yes
40
No trainers
60
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £45.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£12.00 £26.00 £5.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 13.50%
5 St James’s St, London, SW1A 1EF
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm

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