Simon and Jolanta Bradley's Swiss Cottage stalwart is the very model of a good neighbourhood restaurant and happily caters for all-comers - including culture vultures who have their sights on the nearby Hampstead Theatre. Inside, it looks enticing, with floral arrangements, soft pastel colours, wooden floors and paintings by local artists on the walls.
The cooking here is textbook Anglo-French with a few eclectic add-ons and influences from elsewhere. You might begin with a duo of hot and cold foie gras with onion confit and roast pear or crab ravioli with broad beans, spinach and tomato. Seasonal ingredients (including game) show up strongly when it comes to main courses of - say - saddle of rabbit with caramelised chicory tarte Tatin, Dales lamb with boulangère potatoes and creamed flageolet beans or roast cod with samphire, leeks and clams. Desserts are mostly in the classic mould of rhubarb and vanilla soufflé or passion fruit bavarois with coconut sorbet. The 100-bin wine list is an inviting slate with France leading the way and plenty available by the glass.
Also featured in: Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide, Zagat, Harden's.
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