Claude Bosi at Bibendum

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As the newly installed resident of South Kensington’s iconic Michelin building, celebrated French chef Claude Bosi launches Claude Bosi at Bibendum with a ground-floor seafood and oyster bar and first-floor restaurant which is ‘unashamedly fine dining’, with the chef's signature contemporary and light-hearted flair.

The a la carte features brand new dishes alongside classics from the original Bibendum and the chef’s Michelin-starred alma matter, with ingredients sourced predominantly from the British Isles and France. The striking upstairs dining room with its dramatic and iconic floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows has been redesigned to house a larger central open kitchen. The light and airy dining room will feature the original Conran chairs with a soft colour palate of muted blues.
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London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the perfect restaurant for a couple. The staff couldn’t have been more attentive and this was the best service I have ever received. The food was incredible and they worked hard to ensure I was happy with my food (I am a vegetarian). We even had a waiter become our photographer for the evening! Absolutely perfect in ever way.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was wonderful from start to finish. The service was impeccable and there was no waiting around but nor did it seem rushed. We are avid watchers of Professional Masterchef & enjoy the visits to the best restaurants in the world. This was reminiscent of the best of these. The canapés were stunning. We went for a la carter and we’re glad we did as the dishes were every bit as good as we hoped for. My husband enjoyed his confit duck leg - something he had always wanted to try - and my fish was sublime. However the outstanding course for both of us was the dessert course. The cep and the savarin were both exceptional. It is truly deserving of its two Michelin stars.

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d
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my top five restaurants in london. Will be going again soon. Catered to all our likes and dislikes and dealt with food allergy very well. Extremely impressed.

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DR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We did the tasing menu for lunch and it was a super fun experience with great and creative food. Plus, the history is an added bonus!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we've ever had. We loved the eclectic music playlist which showed that this isn't a restaurant that's overly self-important. Amazing service and wonderful innovative dishes. Fully worthy of two stars if not more. We're coming back avec enfants next time!

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We used to go to Bibendum regularly for many years for my birthday lunch - the room is my favourite restaurant space in London. We stopped going after the food quality started to decline, then when Claude Bosi took over we went back December 2017 and we thought it was excellent. We were disappointed to find this time (Feb 2019) that there was no set lunch menu any more - there was one 'lunch option' main, which was meat, so unsuitable for my wife. Also we were surprised there was no bottle of wine available for less than £40. We opted for the cheapest individual glasses of wine at £9 but these were dispensed through a Coravin wine preservation system which spat out tiny bursts of wine, sprayed all round the glass - very messy, and nor were we sure we'd been given the 125ml we paid for. Also the coffee options were just one type at £10 and two at £7 which were Nespresso capsules, albeit their fine dining range. At that price (or even in a café) I would like my coffee made by hand. The food was generally very good, if a little over wrought, and the canapés and after-dinner chocolates we were given were delightful. We understand that you get what you pay for but unfortunately without the set lunch menu and with the extortionate cost of drinks, Bibendum has moved into a league too exclusive for us, which is a great shame.

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f
London
22 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a must for all foodies. Everything is superb, most highly recommended.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, extraordinary food and superb service. Fantastic birthday evening!

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love it ! So good to see Claude there regularly. I hate it when main the Michelin starred chef is never there! As say Gordon Ramsey or Alain Ducasse. Food is amazing and it 's such a pretty restaurant

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q
London
32 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a space for a restaurant! Luxurious but not too ostentatious. Spacious layout of tables means you can have a romantic meal too. The tasting menu was inventive French food. Surprising flavours combined with classic ingredients. The rabbit meat course was delicate and tender. The fish was cooked on the well done side which may not be to everyone’s taste. The service was impeccable. The wine list was interesting. We had a nice Pinot noir from Oregon.
We had the tasting menu with one bottle of wine plus glasses of delicious English sparkling wine. Came to £200 per head.

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f
London
17 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny! It excels in every way - food, wine, service, decor, ambiance.

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The meal was lovely, and the food was impressive, but it just lacked a little something.
The waiting staff, while attentive and polite, didnt have much personality, and it felt like they were under pressure to remember the aspects of the meal.

The food was served perfectly, although we didnt like one of the dishes on the tasting menu.

It lacked a little ambience, but it wasnt very busy at the time.

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and very nice service! We will come back.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant in every respect. Food celebrates French traditions in modern and sometimes surprising combinations but always refined and balanced. Faultless service in a unique room. One of our best meals anywhere. Memorable experience. Thank you

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J
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best rooms I gave dined in and Chef's ability to surprise and entertain as well as humbly celebrate great ingredients, together with the ingenuity of the wine pairings, made for a thoroughly memorable experience.

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SL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, in a lovely calm environment. The staff were very knowledgeable. A really interesting tasting meun and good value wines.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neat area, great food, and their Sunday brunch is very affordable at 33 pounds. It comes with a treat to star, breaded balls with cheese on top, and the great roast, followed by a nice small assortment of chocolates. It was a great meal and a great environment.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the tasting menu, 6 courses with an extra pre dessert. 3 out of 6 are really amazing and impressed me.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Michelin restaurant in London (I visited them all!)

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ZM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my Mum's birthday. It's much more than a three course meal. There are so many extra treats, as well as the three courses being delicious. Especially nice when they brought out a small birthday dessert. they were all very attentive.

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BC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Correcto, aunque no sorprendente. La alta cocina se está pareciendo demasiado, da igual el país, la ciudad o el restaurante. Técnicas similares (esferas, espumas...) e ingredientes parecidos (tupinambo, cangrejo...). En general, todo correcto, pero sin sorpresas. Raciones de vino demasiado escasas para el maridaje que -por otra parte- tampoco fue particularmente especial. Es un dos estrellas, sí, pero sin mucha personalidad. Aún con todo, es recomendable la visita.

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g
Norfolk
15 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative cooking. The amuse bouche was divine. The pork was sublime.
Great service. A wonderful Sunday lunch

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SV
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had the 6 course tasting menu, paired with 6 glasses of wine.
The food was outstanding, the wine pairing was exceptional, really.

But somehow disappointing. The quantity of wine served per glass was too small, you get only a few sips per glass, not enough to fully enjoy the companion dish. Nothing lavish or generous as you could expect from a top-notch restaurant.
In addition, there was a bit of a wait between each course. You end up waiting with a tempting glass of wine in front of you that you cannot drink, otherwise, you will not have any left when your dish arrives.

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AK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good. We had the 6 course surprise tasting menu. Delightful moments of surprise with a creative menu. One server spoke too quickly for us to catch the important details of the dish. A few slight misses in the food; lack of acid.

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j
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place with a good location near South Kensington. The service is good, but just could not really like the meat dishes in the tasting menu. The ingredients for the meat dishes were those people normally don’t eat in their daily life and think not everyone gets used to eat them. Not sure if it’s to meet the Michelin expectations to use those rare ingredients, but my friend and I prefer to have normal meat dishes with ingredients like pork, chicken and beef. It’s a bit pricey. The taste of food was good, but did not really amazed us with this price.

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R
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary. Definitely underrated. Staff was excellent. Food is very creative and wonderfully tasty. The setting is magnificent.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was hugely looking forward to dinner at bibendum. The dining room is great and felt very special. However despite knowing that the a la carte is the more popular option we opted for the tasting menu. Unfortunately, and as compared to similar calibre restaurants, I found the tasting menu and accompanying wine pairing quite underwhelming and more importantly lacked the generosity normally found in restaurants of this kind. This was particularly acute with the wine pairing, where I grew frustrated at running dry and ended up buying an additional bottle to sit between the courses.

Don’t get me wrong, some of the courses e.g the cod, ‘risotto’ and fois were delicious, but looked very mush the inferior cousin when compared to the spectacular looking mains and puddings coming out the kitchen for the a la carte. Further, quite disappointing that none of the signature dishes apppear on the tasting menu in any guise, I feel that the waiters should explain this or provide further insight as to the 2 menu formats prior to us ordering.

Not a bad meal, and clearly an error on our part for not ordering the a la carte, but at the price our final bill came to, I wouldn’t be running back for the tasting menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is everything we could have expected and more. Legendary in fact. We do a lot of fine dining and this experience was too notch. The tripe, food grad, and soufflé were particularly amazing and must-gets. The rabbit was “I didn’t know you could do this with rabbit” quality. Some of the most tender and succulent meat we’ve ever tasted. It was a particularly busy night and service was a little under par for a restaurant of this caliber. We couldn’t hear the waiters at times due to thick ambiance and service was sporadic and inconsistent (had to flag people down a couple of times).

Overall everything we could have hoped for and more. Highly recommend!

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S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience from beginning to end. Delicately prepared food, amazingly historic interior and wonderful service staff. Perhaps a bit pricey but this is two-starred dining.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been several times and although I thought it a lovely evening we didn't feel the menu was very varied...

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JI
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place really looked after our children really professional, should have three stars !!

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent refurbishment of the old Bibendum restaurant. So nice to see Sir Terence Conran enjoying lunch there - what an institution !

I tried uploading some photos of the correct size and format ... but the site wouldn't let me !! Shame !!

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F
London
28 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a stunningly accomplished restaurant from the front of the house staff to the wait staff to the geniuses in the kitchen. Easily of the finest restaurants in London.

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Z
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff were a mixed bag, probably the worst were those in the oyster bar who seemed tired of people asking where Claude Bosi was. Staff at Claude Bosi were great, albeit a bit tired and lackadaisical in their explanations of both wine and food. We had the tasting menu and wine flight, the wine in particular was excellent although for 85 quid I expected no less. The food however, left a LOT to be desired for.
It started off extremely strong with exciting rounds of their amuse bouche, they have their seafood courses absolutely nailed down to perfection - excellent cooking skills and the taste combinations were exciting. However, as we progress to the mains, the sweetbreads and the CHICKEN (???) and the incredibly lacklustre dessert the tasting menu collapsed upon itself in mediocrity. The texture of the sweetbreads were totally off-putting, quite possibly the worst I have ever tasted. Coupled with an excellent mushroom sauce that just stood alone, no real contrasting flavours to establish any kind of exciting flavour profile. Dousing your plate in "umami" is not a dish in itself. And the chicken, was an absolute disaster, whereby I could have honestly made an equivalent dish better myself. It was totally uninspiring, with the core of any great tasting menu being the Main Meat dish, this was beyond disappointing. Not to mention I paid 125 pounds for chicken. We have brilliant chefs across the country doing tasting menus at 45 pounds producing far more exciting main courses - I found this to be extraordinarily boring and honestly I felt cheated. The dessert was extremely flat and monotonous, I don't care for the nod towards Christmas if the food doesn't blow me away, I'm not asking for a Christmas act I wanted Michelin quality food.

The first 3 dishes alongside the amuse bouche were fantastic, it was a genuine shock to find the evening collapse in the latter dishes. 125 quid for quite easily the most anti-climatic tasting menu I have had this year. Terrible value.

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RE
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I used to go to Bibendum many times back in the 1980's so I was looking forward to seeing how it was today.

It is a lovely room and has a carpet so the accoustics are so much better than most restaurants. My wife said it was the best meal she had had for years and my daughter and her boyfriend thought is was excellent. There was an issue on the bill regarding one of the bottles of wine but this was resolved in a very good way.

I shall definitely be going again and will also try it out for a Sunday lunch. Really good with excellent staff.

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CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great to see Claude maintaining the standards of Hibiscus. Sensational brill and lemon dish as part of the tasting menu.

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SH
Hertfordshire
56 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Faultless food and service at one off the capital's top restaurants. Very expensive if you embrace the tasting menu and wine flight.

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s
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Not great I'm afraid. We ordered the tasting menu and wish we hadn't. The first 3 courses were really very good but the next three were really disappointing. The sweetbreads were thick, very fatty and served with a gelatinous gravy. The pork loin had been sous vided until it was utterly tasteless. (The couple at the next table who had the tasting menu were given duck instead of the pork so I'm pleased we complained if only for their sake). The pudding was so full of ginger it was really unpleasant. The building itself was great to look at from the outside and the stained glass windows were fantastic, but the inside was very pared back and uninteresting. The service was good overall but I don't think it was worth anything like the £500 that we paid for the two of us.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good well balanced food, good servive, friendly.
not cheap, beautifull wine list but very expensive.
the included wines were correct but you need magnifying glasses to see the wine in the glass, but after a remark about that it was ok!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Great building, excellent food, attentive service but they really need a no kids policy or an adult only section

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