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Summary

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

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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”.

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

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Mixed views on Joel Kissin’s St James’s two-year-old, which revives the name of a famous French basement in Covent Garden and serves classic Gallic dishes. Fans proclaim it a “surprisingly chirpy and casual venue for SW1” with a “lovely courtyard” (and “excellent breakfasts” too), but one or two reports are dire, citing “dismal” results.

£70
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Reviving the name of the very famous Boulestin”, Joel Kissin’s ambitious yearling occupies “elegant” premises “tucked away in St James’s”, and is “brilliant in warm weather” thanks to its “delightful private courtyard”; it’s “not cheap” though, and while the food is “trying hard”, critics feel it’s “lost its way”.

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

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Restaurant details

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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
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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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