Named after the iconic Michelin Man (also known as Bibendum), this restaurant is housed inside the century-old Art Deco Michelin Building, the former headquarters of the tire company. Inside, the restaurant is divided into two levels: a casual downstairs café and oyster bar, which is decorated with small round tables and Michelin-themed artwork, and a more formal upstairs restaurant, designed with white tablecloths, bright red upholstered chairs, and an original stained-glass window depicting Bibendum. In the kitchen, executive chef Matthew Harris crafts regionally inspired French dishes, including two longtime signatures—escargot bourguignonne and steak au poivre.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
In the former Michelin headquarters (the original stained-glass Michelin Man is still intact), Bibendum has been one of London's most satisfying restaurants for 20 years. The menu focuses on shellfish and refined bistro dishes; the French-biased wine list also includes top Californian Pinot Noirs and Australian Shirazes, such as the 2003 Fox Gordon Eight Uncles.
We loved: Halibut with crust; roast “best end” of lamb with ricotta-stuffed pasta.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.