New venture replacing the original L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in London
Loui is a new venture from Guillaume Glipa who is credited as being the restauranteur force behind Chiltern Firehouse, Zuma and Annabel’s. Some articles attribute the name Loui to Loui XIV of France and others to being named after Loui Armstrong; when I dined in here the manager informed me it was because they served favourite dishes from Louisiana – I’ll go with this. Although on his occasion I only have a lobster in a brioche roll to see what it is like, the premises are very comfortable and well-designed and the manager was kind enough to show the upper level with yet more lovely sofa tables and outlined the roof terrace bar which, in the summer when open I think will be a very good option based on what I’ve seen. The lobster roll is quite pricey (normally £35 but thankfully half price with Luxury Restaurant Guide membership) but it did have a pleasing homemade mayonnaise, the homemade brioche very good and the homemade crisps also pleasing. The pecan pie dessert was well done and as a result it will be worth another go for the set menu or other offerings and I’m quietly confident it is a good choice to try brunch which they also serve.
Food Grade: 60%