Lord Norberry-Grumpus suggested lunch at Le Colombier in Chelsea. A fabulous French eatery that has a top notch reputation. I cannot believe its omission from one’s previous blogs. I have visited on a number of occasions and the last visit sealed it as a restaurant that deserves to be in the Doctor’s top 10 for London. On a sunny day one can eat in the covered terraced area and almost believe that one is in Paris.
The restaurant was busy and full of Chelsea types who either had trust funds or had long given up working for a living due to a cash-laden inheritance.
Having waxed lyrical about Le Gavroche being the best high class lunch deal in town, it might well be that this beats it. At £19.50 for two courses, you would be hard pressed to get a better quality lunch. The fruits de mer that came as a starter would have been enough for two as shown in the photograph. Lord N. could not finish it and so it was left to your dear doctor to have a few of those tasty looking snails in their green shells. Fortescue and I chose the Lobster bisque which was piping hot and possibly the best one has tasted.
Main courses were lamb cutlets for Fortescue, quelle surprise!! Whilst your dear Doctor had rognons de veau which were delicious. Perfectly pink inside with a superb mustard sauce.
Another plus is the excellent wine list from which M. Garnier recommended a fruity French red. Sorry mes amis, the name of the wine slips my mind. One is aging fast you know. M. Didier is a very congenial chap and the good news is that during lunch he at his own food at a table near us. Now that is the ultimate testament of one who believes in his product. Well done monsieur. Je reviendrai!
A bientot mes amis.