Claude Bosi at Bibendum

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472 reviews
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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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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
4 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
27 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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OT
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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AK
Tokyo
15 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the tasting menu with wine paring for lunch. This is the extra ordinary opportunity. It was perfect.

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w
Surrey
9 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a group of ladies for an evening meal. Although expensive it did not disappoint. I will definitely go back again with my husband.

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ZT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Cannot fault the standards here, I would of liked to see the tasting menu being a little more adventurous felt like I’d eaten the choice of the masses the nosotto being the exception. Was very excited to eat monsieur Bossi’s food and do doubt it was excellent but left feeling a little uninspired.

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

Fantastic although a little on the price side. However saying that the food was stunning, deliciously tasty and all freshly cooked to order. Great atmosphere for catching up with friends over a leisurely dinner. Service was professional and caring, the employees working here obviously enjoy their jobs and it showed in the delivery and care taken with our dinning experience. Thank you, and we will be back.

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k
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, the tasting menu was superb .
Service excellent, very attentive staff but not intrusive. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A GORGEOUS RESTAURANT WITH AMAZING FOOD AND REALLY WAS A GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY, IF ONLY I HAD MORE THAN ONE BIRTHDAY IN A YEAR

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DA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 michelin stars. and it shows! in every aspect of the food, ambience and service. An exceptional experience.

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AB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not quite as fantastic as my last 2 visits

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EP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly staff.

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly welcome, attention to detail, elegant cooking (a calf's sweetbread - a rarity today - especially appreciated; very subtle). The piped music did not suit our taste, finding it loud enough to be intrusive.

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JU
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit on Saturday - not disappointed again. Went for the tasting menu which was superb!

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B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Table booked at 1915, with the intention of the tasting menu. But, despite plenty of empty tables the staff tells us they want the table back at 2130 so not possible to have tasting menu - Hate the pretentious strategy as the staff hurried everything in the end - didnt serve the petit fours and after desserts to use while serving them to the table right next to us. Have eaten in plenty of 2-3 star restaurants but never treated in such a shambolic manner. No thanks.

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PY
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Food was presented very well and the taste was up to a Michelin standard. Only improvement is the dessert.

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D
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Calling it excellent would be an understatement. We had a group of 6 that thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the experience - the food, Michelin building, staff, atmosphere, etc. Be sure to order the non-risotto risotto (!) and the seabass!

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WE
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall it was a good experience. But the portion of the food is very small as compared to other M star restaurants in the States or France.

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R
Bristol
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food which is beautifully presented but strange airport like atmosphere in the restaurant. Service good. Wine list is horrendously priced. Really needs a decent selection of wines at under £80 a bottle.

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GR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way: welcome, service, ambience, explanation, delivery, variation, quality, taste .

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

bad service

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CB
Northern Hesse
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good varity of dishes well presented just righly cooked relaxed service not noisy good advice you get what you pay for great wine list but a bit overpriced

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