- Service Award 2019
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. The restaurant serves three Taste of the Seasons menus, in three, five and seven-course options - the latter of which 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 Orkney scallops with brown butter dashi and lemon caviar, or Brittany rabbit with Scottish langoustine and French tarragon.
Also on offer is an a la care lunch menu and a more affordable three-course market menu.