If Boulestin was a person, he or she would be born and bred in Paris. They would be slightly older than you, more cultured than you, they would dress impeccably, and would make you feel slightly uncomfortable in your ‘slobby’ clothes. They would sit in this restaurant’s excellent, slightly secret courtyard area, light a cigarette, and cross their legs. They would order a glass, soon to be bottle, of rosé. They would not question the fact it’s ten thirty in the morning.
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Rochelle Bar and Canteen at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall does simple British cooking at the highest levels.
Aquavit is a casual fine dining spot in the New St James’s complex off Piccadilly, specializing in Nordic cuisine.
Scully serves fantastically OTT food in a sober St James’s setting. The flavours are a slap around the face, in a good way.
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Elliot’s is a class act, from the drinks and food to the service. Their cheeseburger is also one of the best burgers in London.
Les 110 de Taillevent
Les 110 de Taillevent is an upmarket modern French restaurant with excellent food and wine in Marylebone.
The Coach is a beautifully renovated pub near Farringdon. It’s a great place for a drink, but the French bistro food is fairly average.
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