Harden's survey result
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…”
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”.
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|Wine per bottle||£30.00|
5 St James’s St, London, SW1A 1EF
|Monday||11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Tuesday||11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|
|Sunday||10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm|