Bristro de Luxe was great, Windows at Hilton was good, though I felt too much like a tourist, and I'd imagine La Chapelle has the right balance; proud French with a dose of London, but not ostentatiously attractive to our visitors. The discrete entrance gave none of the glamour on the inside away; the conversion was evident with the dome high ceiling and candle chandeliers, darkly lit but oozing with grandeur. We settled with a couple of glasses of wine as we munched on olives.
Pressed ham hock, crispy pig's ears, piccalilli
Fillet of pickled mackerel, shaved fennel, creme fraiche & cranberries
Pave of cod, ratatouille & samphire
Roast grouse, winter roots
Warm plum tart, clotted cream
Reblochon, raisin puree
La Chapelle is really quite impressive. The crowd was mainly the suited and booted business bunch, and perhaps a few romantic pairs who had been anticipating the date throughout the day, but we were comfortable enough as there was a constant buzz around us. Food was classic recipes with impeccable execution, no audacious moves, just keeping the quintessential current and glowing with finesse.
35 Spital Square
Tel: 0207 299 0400