FRENCH

Where London - - Dining -

Alain Du­casse at The Dorch­ester

Ex­quis­ite food, at­ten­tive ser­vice and a div­ing set­ting from this three Miche­lin-starred chef. ££££. Tue-Fri L& D; Sat D. Book­ing es­sen­tial. www.alain­d­u­casse-dorch­ester.com. The Dorch­ester, Park Lane, W1K 1QA. T: 020-7629 8866. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Aubaine

Cos­mopoli­tan bistro with all-day din­ing, serv­ing dishes such as moules marinière with frites. ££. Daily B,L & D. www.aubaine.co.uk. 260-262 Bromp­ton Rd, SW3 2AS (and branches). T: 020-7052 0100. F5. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Blanchette

Lively, rus­tic bistro serv­ing sim­ple and in­ven­tive French food. Ex­cel­lent char­cu­terie plates, plus dishes such as con­fit duck leg. ££. Daily L & D. www.blanchettsoho.co.uk. 9 D’Ar­blay St, W1F 8DR. T: 020-7439 8100. D7. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

Bel Canto

A flam­boy­ant, fun evening out where wait­ers (mu­sic stu­dents) per­form opera arias while you dine, on dishes such as pan-fried beef fil­let. £££. Wed-Sat D. www.bel­can­tolon­don.co.uk. Corus Ho­tel Hyde Park, 1 Lan­caster Gate, W2 3LG. T: 020-7262 1678. E4. Sta­tion: Lan­caster Gate.

Brasserie Joël

This ex­cel­lent French brasserie serves clas­sics such as tuna tartare and beef bour­guignon, plus steaks. £££. Mon-Fri & Sun L& D; Daily D. www.brasseriejoel.co.uk. Park Plaza West­min­ster Bridge, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7272. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo/ West­min­ster.

Brasserie Zédel

Bustling French brasserie and bar in a high­ceilinged din­ing room, with ex­cel­lent value prix fixe menus. £-££. Daily L & D. www.brasserie zedel.com. 20 Sher­wood St, W1F 7ED. T: 0207734 4888. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Céleste

Miche­lin-starred French cui­sine in an el­e­gant din­ing room. £££-££££. Daily B,L & D. www.lanes­bor­ough.com. The Lanes­bor­ough, Hyde Park Cor­ner, SW1X 7TA. T: 020-7259 5599. F6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

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