Review on Brasserie Joël
Chef Joël Antunes makes a welcome return to London with his self-named Brasserie Joël, located on the first floor of the new Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, near the London Eye Houses of Parliament, National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall. French chef Antunes made his name here more than a decade ago, with his now departed Michelin star restaurant Les Saveurs in Mayfair. This flagship dining venue is a sleek affair with a minimalist black décor and splashes of red in the napery on the tables and the red moodily lit lighting offering a contrast.
Joël has appointed Walter Ishizuka to oversee the operation and he comes with excellent credentials having previously worked for the three Michelin starred Paul Bocuse Restaurant in Lyon, and the two Michelin starred L'Espadon in the Ritz Paris. Fresh ingredients of the highest quality are sourced for the classic brasserie menu which changes daily. Open the slate with scallop ceviche, tomato confit and truffle dressing or chicken liver terrine served with fig chutney. Follow on with a main course of aged beef tournedos Rossini, foie gras and truffle sauce or roast monkfish, chorizo, coco beans and red pepper cassoulet. Desserts are equally inviting ideas such as vanilla baked Alaska and Grand Marnier or a raspberry millefeuille paired with vanilla cream. If you are in a hurry they offer an excellent one course 'Plat du Jour' for lunch, which they guarantee you will have within thirty minutes, if not its free!
The wine list brings together some great wines around the globe, which are stored in the temperature-controlled wine store occupying one wall of the restaurant.
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Joël Antunes and Walter Ishizuka
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm (12.30 - 3.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.30pm (5.30 - 9.30pm Sun)