Claude Bosi’s stunning two-star restaurant in the former Michelin building puts classic Lyonnaise cooking into the spotlight
Is there a more fitting location for Claude Bosi’s eponymous restaurant than in the iconic former Michelin building in Chelsea? Under the watchful eye of the Michelin Man himself (also known as Bibendum), who graces the building’s impressive stained glass windows, Bosi won the restaurant two Michelin stars within its first year, marking the French chef’s third time of achieving such an accolade.
It’s not difficult to see why. A meal at Bibendum is a decadent affair, with Bosi masterfully combining classic and hearty French cooking with dishes of extreme finesse for a memorable dining experience that ticks all the boxes. Not only is the bright first floor dining room one of the most beautiful in the capital, Bosi’s dishes are equally spectacular (his caviar and duck jelly demonstrates some nifty tweezer action).
With Bibendum, the Lyonnaise chef is combining old-school French cooking with more modern techniques, bringing out the best of both worlds. A meal begins with a Bibendum egg – an eggshell filled with mushroom crème and topped with coconut foam and a dusting of curry powder that comes in a beautiful Bibendum silver egg cup – and could go on to include white asparagus with smoked hay hollandaise, but could feature much more rustic dishes, such as tripe and cuttlefish gratin, a recipe taken from Bosi’s mother, or roast chicken de Bresse.
Service is smart and classic, with an art deco gueridon trolley serving the restaurant’s rotisserie-cooked meats tableside and an ice cream trolley also on hand to do the rounds. When it comes gliding past, it’s almost impossible to resist its bounty.