After a brief hiatus, iconic chef Pierre Koffmann has returned to create the quintessential Gascon bistro at The Berkeley. Situated in an enclave of Knightsbridge and opposite the leafy Hyde Park, Koffmann's at The Berkeley’s supreme location chimes with the majestic food on offer.
The warm, friendly, informal style of the restaurant is reflective of Koffman’s new emphasis on cooking from the heart rather than to chase Michelin stars. And this is a man who certainly doesn’t need any more of those; Koffmann's first restaurant at the Berkeley, La Tante Claire, earned him 3 Michelin stars, dazzling critics and public alike over a 30 year period.
The food served is a seasonally inspired menu of French brasserie favourites with Koffmann's legendary signature dishes delivered with a surprisingly light touch. Dishes of souffléd skate with lobster sauce, hand-dived scallops with ink sauce and cauliflower purée and the famed pig's trotter stuffed with sweetbreads and morels all make an appearance on a menu designed to wow as well as satisfy.
With lunch, dinner, pre- and post-theatre supper, as well as private dining available, this is informal dining for serious foodies
His cooking is undeniably refined; classical yet humble, with provincial French touches grounding the skilful elegance of the food. Taking inspiration from his Gascon roots, Koffmann artfully extracts extraordinary flavour from ordinary ingredients and cuts. Rabbit, snails and foie gras feature prominently and famed dishes include pistachio soufflé with pistachio ice cream and pig’s trotters with chicken mousseline and morels.
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