Claude Bosi at Bibendum | Fine Dining In A Former Michelin Tire Factory
Michelin Starred food.
Eat enough, and you’ll end up with a couple of spare tires.
And now Bibendum – the famed Kensington restaurant set in Michelin House (a former Michelin tyre factory) sporting several huge stained glass window designs featuring the Michelin Man – are finally getting a Michelin Star-worthy chef. Because in their 30-year history as a restaurant, in a stroke of thick, rubber-coated irony, they’ve never won one.
That chef is Claude Bosi, whose former restaurant Hibiscus won two Stars in its time. Now that it’s closed, he’s brought his skills to Chelsea. He’s opted to keep the interior much the same as it’s always been – it was, after all, designed by Sir Terrence Conran – with light pastel blue chairs and white walls. The place has been divided up into two parts:
You’ll find a simple seafood restaurant with an oyster bar, putting out dishes like dressed Cornish crab, and lobster aioli with tarragon. Meanwhile,
Is where you can go for more of a fine-dining experience, in line with Bosi’s former restaurant Hibiscus (although he’s permanently ditched the tasting menus). Dishes will include starters like creamed morels on brioche, or smoked eel with bacon. Going larger, you can dive into a Galician beef fillet poached in a thick stock, or Dover Sole Farcie for two.
Which is all good and well.
If you go on a Sunday, however, you’ll get to order from the new retro-innovation: the trolleys. There’s a huge vintage carvery trolley (from 1928) serving up beef ribs with Yorkshires, legs of lamb, rotisserie chickens, and pork bellies. Once you’ve had a helping from that, it’ll be deftly swapped out for the dessert trolley, carrying eclairs, truffles, ice creams, and Crepes Suzette, engulfed in flame before your very eyes.
Just don’t eat too much.
You might get tired.
NOTE: Claude Bosi at Bibendum is now open, from Wednesday to Sunday. You can check out their website and book a table right HERE.
ALSO NOTE: He’s only gone and done it – Bibendum has been awarded a staggering debut of 2 Michelin stars in the 2018 guide.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum | Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD
Image: Flickr / André P. Meyer-Vitali (edited)
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