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Summary

£134
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3
Good
3
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The iconic architecture of the Michelin building”, in South Kensington, helps make its first-floor dining room (converted by the late Sir Terence Conran, and opened in 1987) a modern classic, and provides a “stunning” location for a meal (in particular at lunch). Claude Bosi is entering his fourth year at the stoves now, and wins strong praise from most diners for his “first-class-but-rich” French cuisine, which creates some “wow” moments. A minority, though, feel the cooking here “is not up to the very high standard Bosi set when in Ludlow and Mayfair”, and consider prices “exorbitant”: “I thought tiny, overpriced portions of nouvelle cuisine were a thing of the past… until I ate here”.

Summary

£134
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The iconic architecture of the Michelin building”, in South Kensington, helps make its first-floor dining room (converted by Sir Terence Conran, and opened in 1987) a modern classic, and provides a “stunning” location for a meal (in particular at lunch). Claude Bosi is entering his third year at the stoves now, and wins strong praise from most diners for his “first-class-but-rich” French cuisine, which creates some “wow” moments. A minority, though, feel the cooking here “is not up to the very high standard Bosi set when in Ludlow and Mayfair”, and consider prices “exorbitant”: “I thought tiny, overpriced portions of nouvelle cuisine were a thing of the past… until I ate here”.

Summary

£132
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

After a year at the stoves, ex-Hibiscus patron, Claude Bosi, is getting more into his stride in this “perennially wonderful dining room”, within “the iconic setting of the Michelin building”. True, there are still many reporters who are not persuaded by his new regime (“Come back Sir Terence Conran, all is forgiven…”) and also many who feel that the “results from the classic French high-falutin’ menu are dangerously close to ordinary at this price point” (“only an expense accounter could stomach the stratospheric bill”). Ratings have risen sharply since last year’s faltering debut, however, amidst accounts of “a return to form”, with “smiling staff gliding about smoothly as though on coasters” and “stunningly crafted dishes with fabulous flavours”.

Summary

£104
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You could never tire of the feeling of decadence and class”, say fans of this “lovely and refined” dining space within the iconic Michelin Building on Brompton Cross (converted by Sir Terence Conran in the late 1980s), where “a visit is best when the sun is shining and streaming in through the beautiful windows”. Claude Bosi took over in early 2017, with a view to restoring it to its former glory, but initial reports are deeply divided. To advocates, “this classic venue has been re-imagined” and “is now better than Hibiscus” (his previous highly regarded venture). Critics though “miss the old Bibendum with its wholesome fare” and feel the new more ambitious culinary régime comes at “ridiculous prices”.

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Bibendum Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Bibendum Restaurant in SW3, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Bibendum restaurant.
Paul A
We had given up on Claude Bosi some years a...
Reviewed 2 months, 12 days ago

"We had given up on Claude Bosi some years ago, having returned to Hibiscus on more than one occasion, prompted by good reviews and his retention of two tyremakers’ stars, and been thoroughly unimpressed. However, since his move to Bibendum there have been several hints from the professional foodie journalists that things have really changed for the better. Despite the ubiquitous reminders of the building’s origins, the light-filled dining room with its high ceilings made an immediate contrast to the constraints of Hibiscus, and this gave rise to our thoughts and hopes that our dinner experience this time would reflect that difference. There was indeed no comparison. When we spoke to him after our superb meal, chef Bosi claimed that he had “come home” and that was certainly reflected in the expansive and perfectly balanced Tastes of Seasons menu, the top-quality ingredients and the very professional, knowledgeable and relaxed front-of-house staff, not to mention the sublime prestige wine selection. The one disappointment about this sterling performance was the absence of petit fours with our mint tea."

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O R
over priced and limited menu...
Reviewed 3 months, 16 days ago

"over priced and limited menu"

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Philip W
Claude Bosi knocks it out of the park with ...
Reviewed 3 months, 29 days ago

"Claude Bosi knocks it out of the park with superb cooking and a front of house to match. Easily the best looking dining room in London too. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £125.00
Dinner   £125.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 15.00%
81 Fulham Rd, London, SW3 6RD
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
SundayCLOSED

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