Tuesday, 2 December 2014


French Classic in Knightsbridge

Koffmann's photo from management

Pierre Koffmann, the legendary French chef who used to be the head chef at Waterside Inn before opening his flagship restaurant La Tante Claire, which reached 3 Michelin stars along the way. These days, Koffmann opted for a much more laid back, brasserie approach and no longer chasing Michelin stars, his Koffmann's restaurant is now located inside the luxurious Berkeley hotel, the same site where Marcus Wareing is with his flagship restaurant.

black pudding with celeriac remoulade
hand dived scallops with Thai spice

We opted for the good value lunch deal with a few supplements in the mix from the ALC menu, the black pudding with celeriac remoulade was a real winner with the light and creamy flavour of the celeriac toning down the bold taste of the black pudding. The legendary signature dish the pig’s trotter was not as exceptional as I would have expected it, the earthy flavour was a little overwhelming but the texture of the meat along with sweetbreads and morels was wonderful and worked well with the soft meat. 
roasted partridge, braised white cabbage
roasted grouse, bread sauce and game chips
sirloin steak, shallots & bone marrow
 pig’s trotter stuffed, sweetbreads, morels
quince tatin

Koffmanns' cooking was with a doubt very old school French, you wouldn't find the fancy and creative presentation with edgy flavour combinations here. Instead you are getting simple but elegant cooking with real bold and rich tastes. The only major mistake on my visit was that roasted partridge came with pork while it wasn't listed on the menu, and we ended up sending the dish back. But beside that it was an enjoyable menu at good value, service was also smooth and friendly, not a bad place at all for people who are into classic French food in a classy surrounding.

Food 3.5/5

Executive chef: 
Pierre Koffmann

What I paid: 
£55 per head with wine

Average cost without drinks and services:
Lunch menu: £28
Dinner menu: £55

Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL


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