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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience! The staff was phenomenal and the food was beyond reproach!

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Y
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were incredibly welcoming and was a wonderful experience. We had my two year old daughter with us and they did everything to make our experience as a family a memorable one.

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FF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience .... unique combination of flavors ... superb service ....

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Went with a friend and we were both looking forward to the meal on a Friday evening. Beautiful building, staff were friendly and welcoming, large spacious dining room, however this contributed to a lack of atmosphere. Ultimately we book the restaurant for the food, which was well cooked and used quality ingredients, one particular dish of sweetbread glazed in coffee was not to our liking and did not think it was at all well balanced flavour pairing. Overall the food and experience was underwhelming and came at a premium price. In my opinion, there are currently many more London restaurants worth visiting, that offer better food and value for money. This is a real shame to write this review as we had been looking forward to eating here seen Claude Bosi took over.

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SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the most amazing cooking and service in London at the present time - most definitely worth a visit !!!!

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ST
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Outstanding food and presentation throughout the meal. Wine measures questionable, as not measured!! Service not great at all and definitely not worth the additional £95 service charge on our bill. Sommelier indistinct and difficult to understand. Felt we were unimportant compared with other guests, seated in a corner, out of the main body of the restaurant and generally ignored although we always love to engage. Also, a few mistakes made. Perhaps we should have made more fuss? Dropped canapes on our table. Forgot service of fish course, resulting in long wait. Not perfect and as it was a very special return visit to one of our favourite London restaurants of all time, a bit disappointing.

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London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Went with my son to Bibendum for Father’s Day lunch.
We used to regularly go to Bibendum on Sundays for fish and chips, Sunday roast or something more exotic before Bibendum changed hands.
On this occasion we ordered from the a la carte menu, starter, main course and desert.
Ordered a £30 bottle of wine.
We were gobsmacked when the bill came! A whopping £350!
Food was average if not disappointing and strongly resembled “nouvelle cuisine” of the 80’s in its scarcity and pretentiousness.
Shame, we won’t be returning there again under its present ownership.
Julian

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TT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very high quality.Very nice chef.....

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BA
London
64 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife for her Birthday, she loves flavours and Claude Bosi was everything I'd hoped for. I've not been in the building this millenium but it's now in beautiful condition. We started with a lovely glass of Champagne whilst we considered the menu and the Chef came out and was speaking to all his customers. It's great that the name is actually running the place.

The staff were really top notch, they stood out both with their enthusiasm for the job and their quiet care of the customer. My wife has a bad back and the initial chair didn't have a high enough back to support her, a request to change the chair was made that the waitress quietly and efficiently carried out.

When you are somewhere like Claude Bosi you need people to guide you through things and from the amuse bouches to the desert, we had a seem less stream of information that was enough to enhance our pleasure with out feeling we were being lectured.

I had the rabbit as main and the chicken as starter with Vacherin for dessert. All were top notch and all had more than expected. I hope the staff get as much pleasure making the dishes as I had eating them.

The experience was not cheap but it was worth it. A fantastic experience congratulations to Claude and all his team.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Presentation of the meal was superb. Beautifully prepared and worth every pence

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the surprise tasting menu and each course was a gastronomical delight. A lovely touch was that Chef Bosi came out and presented several courses to us himself and asked for feedback and checked we were enjoying ourselves. An outstanding evening.

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L
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, very attentive and great food. Beautiful building itself with lovely finishing touches with all the courses.

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A
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional with incredible flavours and the service great. Of course the decoration is in the Bibendum years / style and it’s nice but banquets/seats deserve to be a little more confortable and napkins of a nicer quality (mine had a stain, the one that can’t disappear anymore) on it.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Dropped food, dropped silver, corked wine, wrong wine, spilled wine. A comedy of blunders. Food ok. Not clear how this place rates two stars yet alone one. Much better places in London.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly remarkable food, well cooked, diverse and surprising dishes, beautifully served in a gorgeously decorated setting. Its two stars are well deserved (though the amuse bouches and the rabbit were closer to three stars to be fair). Great service as well, just the right amount of attention to make you feel special without getting annoying. Will definitely become one of our favourites for special occasions.

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JJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Perfect service.

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MK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine, just divine. Amuses bouches full of delectable surprises, delicious And beautifully presented food, impeccable service and really lovely to be in the dining room on a sunny day and experience those fabulous Michelin stained glass windows in their full glory

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary of a major operation

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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the 3 rd time I go and it is always a fantastic experience both for the welcoming the ambiance the food the surprise for each mouthful. And the wines and....... everything. I would recommend it to my friends.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food💗

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Amuse bouche was playful and creative. The appetizers and entrées were executed perfectly however it lacked the playfulness that were apparent in the hors doeurves. The dessert was completely lacking. Dessert should be funnest course but it lacked creativity and presentation. I got the ice cream trolley and the trolley was just a regular metal trolley with no theme or decorations. Might be a little harsh but it seems like they don't have a dedicated pastry chef. Overall it was a good meal, however i expected more from a two star restaurant at that a price.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great evening, excellent service fantastic food. Nothing more I can add.

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EB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely experience - the food was very good. I had not been to Bibendum for several years but al ways had good memories of the place and it was good to be back. Only criticism is that the wine list is too extensive and there are very few wines at a reasonable price, which is unnecessary.

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PK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whilst we knew this was a special occasion that needs to be saved up for, it was well worth it on the day. Fabulous venue, service, presentation and overall dining experience. Thank you for making it an extra special day

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g
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning dining room, professional yet engaging service, creative and absolutely delicious food.

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AL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a our 4th visit and still as stunning 👍

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SM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've wanting to go here for years and finally got around to it. We had a fantastic meal right from the first 'olives' to the last dessert course! The tasting menu was very eclectic with surprising flavours and textures. I marked the value score down one as it is incredibly pricey. We expected expensive of course, but this was fairly extreme. Definitely worth a visit though and would highly recommend!

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HF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wish we had known it was the tasting menu night at a fixed price of £125.
Obviously I was the only one with an 8 year old.....
Never the less we did it & had the most memorable dinner of our lives. Nothing was as it seemed. Peas in an egg? What we thought were olives (which my son loves) weren’t. Small chocolate cases with Liquor I believe inside. My son was rather surprised.
Very accommodating since my son doesn’t eat rabbit, pigs ear or fish. They offered up Steak & mashed potato. Which he ate most of.
Yes, memorable & VERY expensive.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I had at least 15 dinners at Bibendum with the previous chef while I was in London for vacation or business. The food taste was much better before; last time we selected three dishes scallopes with lime; almost impossible to appreciate the scallopes flavour the lime was too strong; the turbot almost fine and a cheses selection I think good by definition.
Moving to the dinner price starting from the welcome champagne two glasses 34 £ to the bottom line roughly 470 € I would say, in fair manner, no value for money.
Thank you for your attention
Regards

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EG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal ever! An amazing dinner , everything was fantastic, food, service, ambiance, definitely one of my best experiences so far.

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SG
London
26 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A delightful place for our birthday lunch. However, my husband might not have felt there was enough food and asked for bread or potatoes! We were two women dining and it was perfect.

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AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional food and service. Unlike many similar establishments, the food was not over done with both portions and flavours all in balance. Freshest ingredients with funky and imaginative creations. Thoroughly enjoyable

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BS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good serious dining atmosphere.
Loved the choice of background music - 80s and 70s - very low volume.
Very attentive service, not too formal.
Fish main course well presented but 8 out of ten for flavor.
Everything else was outstanding.
Wine list, very fair prices.
Overall cost in line with two star experience.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely perfect execution of all dishes. Incredible flavors, beautiful presentation in a relaxed but very classy environment. Fantastic wine list. Highly recommended.

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RP
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An innteresting menu , very enjoyable, we found it a little over inventive, but I will say that we still enoyed the meal. worth a visit but not to often is my view

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D
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful venue. Attentive staff. We arrived just before they opened at 6:20, we had Champagne and were given delicious hors d'oeuvre. Even Claude Bosi himself came to say hello.

The starter Nosetto was delicious and my main turbot. We had a yummy fondant dessert. Only reservation is it’s a very seafood heavy menu (fine for me, but maybe not for everyone). Also very pricey.

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CO
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really excellent
Warm welcome from the Chef was really appreciated !

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m
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience is excellent, from the comfortable and pleasing room to the faultless and friendly service, to the perfectly executed dishes.

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food.
Amazing pairing Nosotto and Fleur de Sauvigon just a divine match.
Flawless service, knowledgeable, attentive but not intrusive.
I did have however equally amazing experiences of noticably better value.

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