But that is exactly what they have achieved, and after winning a second Michelin star in 1998 and releasing an eponymous cookbook in 2012 – the success of the restaurant seems to have reached a rolling boil.
In its first incarnation, the restaurant was located in St James’ Square, where it stayed until 1997. Now in Bruton Street, Mayfair,it has continued to deliver world-class dishes. A signature dish of langoustine, Parmesan gnocchi, truffle and potato is symptomatic of a restaurant that manages to be both classical and forward-thinking in its approach.
The refined quality to the food is matched by a chic and spacious interior in which large pieces of modern art adorn the walls and parquet flooring is felt underfoot.
The menu changes significantly five times a year in accordance with the seasons (summer is split into two, early summer and late summer) and each season’s terroir is handled with mastery by chef Phil Howard. Constant throughout the year, however, is an unrivalled consistency from both the kitchen and front of house team.
A legendary cheese trolley, offering Continental dairy delights, provides a fitting end to any meal.