A Taste of France in London

Where can you go to experience an authentic taste of France here in London? Our French tutor Silvana Avram, fills us in on where to find the best French chefs, part of our French Language of the Month series.

Michel Roux Jnr – Le Gavroche – Mayfair

Le Gavroche is one of the top restaurants in London and is currently one of the best reviewed restaurants. Under the stewardship of Michel Roux Jnr, best known by many for his run on Masterchef, the two Michelin starred restaurant is deemed by many to be one of the best culinary experiences in London.  It’s ideal for a special occasion and although dinner certainly won’t be on the cheap side, the set lunch can offer one of the best dining experiences in London for the money. With some of the best service and food in town – this is a restaurant worth trying at least once.

Pierre Koffmann – Koffmann’s – Knightsbridge

Pierre Koffmann had long been thought to be one of the best-ever French chefs after his three-starred Michelin restaurant La Tante Claire (Gordon Ramsay now occupies that space with his own three stars).

After a brief absence the chef decided to come back for good and he’s recently opened his eponymous restaurant in the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. Offering an array of Koffmann classics mixed in with new creations, including a portion of chips served in a copy of Le Monde, this is a must-try for anyone who missed out on La Tante Claire the first time around.

Joel Antunes – Brasserie Joel – Waterloo

Yet another returning chef, Joel Antunes was best known for Les Saveurs restaurant back in the 90s.  He left for the States and has now returned as part of the new Park Plaza hotel in Waterloo.

While critics have questioned the hotel surroundings, Antunes’ cooking has received only praise. It’s classic French brasserie food and a definite destination in an area which is rather short on top restaurants.  Besides the brasserie, Antunes manages all the food on the first floor of the hotel – which includes bar tapas, a sushi bar and a patisserie.

Claude Bosi – Hibiscus – Mayfair

To understand Claude Bosi, you must first understand his earliest influence – the French city of his birth, Lyon. In a country passionate about its produce and cuisine, Lyon is hailed as the food capital. This is a city where food is the very essence of its culture; a city without compromise where its people are the toughest food critics. 2014 has been a good year for Claude Bosi whose two Michelin starred restaurant Hibiscus made it into the World’s Top 50 Restaurant list this year. 

If you can’t make it for a full meal both this and Koffmann’s above are set to participate again in the London restaurant festival’s Gourmet Odyssey in October.

Where can you go to experience an authentic taste of France here in London? Our French tutor Silvana Avram, fills us in on where to find the best French chefs, part of our French Language of the Month series.


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