Bistrot du Luxe
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : French
Address : 26-28 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 6NG, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : lesplatanes.co.uk
Opening Times : Mon-Sat: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.45pm, Sun: Closed
Closest Tube : Bond Street
Private Dining Room : Details
There's no shortage of delicious French restaurants in London, but another is always welcome, and Les Platanes is just that. Situated on the cobbled streets of Bruton Place in Mayfair, the bistrot du luxe is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to finessed Gallic cuisine. We dropped in on a chilly October evening and were duly impressed by the warming quality of the food and the warming conviviality of the staff.
Named for the stunning plane trees hemming in French boulevards, Les Platanes and particularly its dining room smacks of sophistication. Guests must walk past a slick darkwood bar and wine displays to enter the dining room. With mosaic tile flooring, whitewashed walls, teal banquettes and art deco sconces, it's a charming place to tuck into excellent wine and cuisine.
We started off with a number of fresh, engaging starters. Beetroot salad with fresh ewe cheese and olive oil sat nicely opposite finely sliced raw beef with a truffle dressing, while blue fin tuna with pickled young carrots tantalised the taste buds. Sweetbreads with fresh morels and green asparagus felt as if it were fresh from the earth and a main of seabream with onion compote and black olives evinced sumptuous, saline depth. We wrapped up with Irish coffees, truffles and a zingy Cote d'Azur lemon tart which was a lovely point of departure.
There's nothing plain about Les Platanes.