Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Koffmanns – Delectable Set Lunch a Stone’s Throw from Hyde Park - Restaurant Reviews


KoffmannsKoffmann’s has been one of my favourite London restaurants for a while now, introduced by a friend (the best kind of recommendation) and excellent for both lunch and dinner, in terms of food, service and ambiance.

If, like me, you like somewhere that is elegant and not over-noisy, and you don’t want to break the bank, you might like to try Koffmann’s, a decent walk from Green Park tube station through the park, 5 minutes from Hyde Park tube if you’re feeling lazy.  Nestling to the side of the Berkeley hotel (the entrance is in Knightsbridge) this is a restaurant where you do need to book for either lunch or dinner.

Award winning French chef Pierre Koffmann, originally of the three Michelin Star Tante Claire which he closed in 2003, opened Koffmann’s in 2010, specialising, as he always has, in Gascon style food.  His signature dish from Tante Claire was pig’s trotters with chicken mousseline and you can still find this at Koffmann’s, along with braised beef cheeks, grilled lobster and Dover sole on the a la carte menu. 

The set lunch at Koffmanns will set you back £22.50 for two courses and £25 for three, and there’s a choice for each course including – as I had last week – smoked salmon salad and beautifully cooked fish or meat for the main course.  You can stay as far away from the heavier Gascon side of things as you want.  Beware the bread basket which is incredibly tempting and arrives at high speed – it will definitely spoil what comes next.

I love this restaurant, it’s chic, elegant, and a great place to meet girlfriends or business contacts alike.  Best of all you won’t come away, at least at lunch time, with a hurting wallet.

Even better, after lunch you can pop along to another enduring favourite, Ottolenghi, a short distance away in Motcombe Street, and treat yourself to something naughty for tea (or dinner).  If you can still think about eating, that is……..

Koffmanns, the Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL
Email: koffmanns@the-berkeley.co.uk
Call: +44 (0)20 7107 8844
Read the Telegraph Koffmann’s Review