Restaurants and Cocktail Bars Baker Street

Posted: 06/12/2016 in Bistrot de Luxe
Restaurants and Cocktail Bars Baker Street Bistrot de Luxe
It’s been over a decade since Chris and Jeff opened the doors on their first restaurant together – Baker Street’s now quietly iconic Bistrot de Luxe. In those eleven years a lot has changed – in the industry, the area and definitely in the world – but one thing that hasn’t changed is the ethos at Bistrot. Classic French cookery with its feet firmly in the bistro tradition and a seasonality which, rather than being faddish, looks to make the best use of the finest ingredients as they come in to season – this is what drives the offering. Wrapped up in this too is the relaxed ambience and service which always looks to be unobtrusive, reassuringly knowledgeable but un-showy – it’s the diner enjoying the food here which is the centre of the world and we’d like to think that that is a part of Bistrot standing tall among the restaurants of Baker Street for a decade and more. Recently, head chef Tom Duffill has introduced a new menu which, in its own quietly classic way, looks to reaffirm Bistrot’s place among the best restaurants in Baker Street too. Simple, classic, and undeniably French in its influences, starters include (at time of writing) escargots in garlic butter, Galvin cured smoked salmon and steak tartare with sourdough and truffle mustard. Alongside these are dishes which we simply couldn’t say goodbye too – it’s fairly certain there would be (civilised and genteel) rioting in the streets if the lasagne of Dorset crab was ever to slip from the starters board – and new seasonal offerings which blend the best British ingredients with classic French techniques: the Navestock Estate pheasant and boudin noir pithivier with jus gras for example. Main course choices include a delicately rich risotto of pumpkin, wild mushrooms and comtè cheese, roasted Cornish plaice with a fennel and mussel chowder and wood-roasted spiced leg of lamb with smoked aubergine and tomato. The balance of traditional techniques and subtle innovation with the best of the season’s ingredients is how the Bistrot ethos shows itself clearly and this new menu has reaffirmed its commitment to the simple deliciousness of bistro-style cooking with a range of simple sides to allow diners more choice and customisation. Before we get too distracted though, the dessert menu has had a similar treatment – crème caramel with sablé Breton vies for your attention with pear soufflé & pain d’epices ice cream or a spiced chocolate ganache with sable Breton and passionfruit sorbet. The dish which once again would cause outrage if it were to disappear – the Galvin tarte tatin – is safely ensconced at the heart of the list but it does face some stiff competition…

Le Cellar
It’s not just in the restaurant that Bistrot has been evolving – tucked away below, our private bar and dining room Le Cellar has been given even more to offer as well. Having always been a space to enjoy an aperitif, a glass or two of something from our extensive cellars or indeed gathering people together in intimate seclusion, Le Cellar has now become Baker Street’s premier cocktail bar as well. A menu of classic mixed drinks is of course available but it is the bespoke collection, created for us by bar consultant Giancarlo Mancino, that has people excited. Ranging from a simple twist such as a blend of gins in the Maison G & T – VII hills combined with Sipsmith sloe gin and served with East Imperial tonic, a Calvados Sour where this icon of French spirits is given a spike of citrus and a balancing aromatic edge from chamomile syrup, to an Espresso Time where freshly brewed espresso coffee joins absinthe and caffe Borghetti to create a distinctly different experience. This is before we get to the Claypot Negroni or Scattia, but more on those another day. For some reason or another, Baker Street has never been famous for its cocktail bars and, while one will not change this straight away, if you’re looking for an after-work drink or way to enhance your appetite before tackling Bistrot’s new menu, Le Cellar is the place to do so in style.

Restaurants and Cocktail Bars Baker Street

Restaurants and Cocktail Bars Baker Street