Long-standing oyster and seafood alfresco brasserie
Bibendum is the name of the puffed-up Michelin man you will recognise from the tyre company and the Michelin red guides the world over. This building used to be Michelin’s UK Headquarters and is now home to 2 Michelin starred Claude Bosi at Bibendum on the upper level and Bibendum Oyster Bar on the ground floor. I have been steered here for my pursuit to find the best fish and chips in London. Pricewise, this was not actually as extortionate as I thought it would be for being sandwiched right in between Chelsea and South Kensington (£19 for the fish and chips plus bearnaise sauce). Whilst the haddock (from Cornwall) had good flavour, the batter was unfortunately not as flavoursome as its well textured and thin layer suggested. Tartare and bearnaise sauces (the latter for the chips) were both homemade and decent enough, yet the ketchup was from Heinz – if this was homemade as well I believe this is an easy victory for raising the stakes. Mushy peas were very fresh, although personally, I prefer mine a little more sloppy, getting more ‘mush’ in the process.
Were it not for the Ferraris making the windows practically shake as they cruised by, this would have been a lovely and quiet sunny lunchtime meal and on a hot day was quite difficult finding a cool area to dine. Only so much Bibendum can do about both of these but in summary, it is a pleasant spot and a good possible option for breakfast as well (which they do).
Food Grade: 63%