Review on Bibendum
THE FIRST FLOOR RESTAURANT IS CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT UNTIL SPRING 2017 - THE GROUND FLOOR OYSTER BAR IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS NORMAL
Ascend the chrome-banistered stairway to reach Bibendum's dining room on the first floor of the old Michelin HQ on Fulham Road - since opening as a restaurant, Bibendum has become one of the most beguiling places to eat in the capital: on a clear day, the views alone are worth a visit. The scene is dominated by a massive arched stained-glass window depicting the M-man himself puffing on a big cigar; thematic cartoons, mosaic tiled floors and curvaceous chairs all help to make it one of the capital's most cherished culinary assets.
Polished renditions of rustic Anglo-European dishes have always been the kitchen's business, and diners are spoilt for choice. Starters bring on classic escargots and steak tartare as well as lobster ravioli with samphire, chilled avocado soup and deep-fried squid and oysters with soy dipping sauce. For main course, you could home in on haddock and chips, roast quails with borlotti beans, veal sweetbreads with capers or even share 'poulet bresse à l'estragon'. There's also plenty of tempting stuff among the desserts: chocolate Pithiviers, raspberry cream tart, iced coffee parfait, for example. Bibendum's wine list is a truly monumental tome with scores of grand French vintages and sexy names from the New World, but admirable house selections for those on a budget.
The Oyster Bar on the ground floor is just the place for a spot of 'celeb spotting' - especially if you sit at one of the marble-topped tables in the foyer, looking out onto Fulham Road. Supremely fresh oysters, crustacea, meze and salads are the mainstays here.
Bibendum is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.30 - 2.30pm (12.30 -3.00pm Sun & Mon)
Dinner: 7.00 - 1130pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express