French | Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge

Following on the success of his London Restaurant Festival at Selfridges, legendary Tante Claire chef Pierre Koffmann has returned full-time to the kitchen and the Berkeley Hotel.

Restaurant details

The Berkeley Hotel. Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Nearest tube: 
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Knightsbridge
Nearest station: Knightsbridge/ Hyde Park Corner
Telephone number: 020 7107 8844

Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Friday 12pm - 2.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 3.30pm; Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6pm - 10.30pm

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The Berkeley Hotel. Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL


Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 4
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on February 23, 2011
"There’s a table laden with greenery and a rustic watering can in the middle of the room but it doesn’t disguise a sterile, windowless basement room, snooty service or unconvincing cooking." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Allan Jenkins Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on August 29, 2010
"My daube de joue de boeuf arrives. Another Koffmann classic, the meltingly soft, silken beef cheek falls apart with a fork (they also supply a spoon to sup the rich, deep gravy)." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Matthew Fort Guardian
Reviewed on August 21, 2010
"The secret of Koffmann's cooking is flavour, flavour and yet more flavour. Great breakers of flavour roll like thunder round your mouth." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed on August 16, 2010
"My boudin noir with sautéed apples was better, the black pudding unusually delicate and the apple pleasingly caramelised, though nothing to suggest the work of a champion on the gastronomic podium spraying champagne as he reworks the bistro classics." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed on August 08, 2010
"Koffmann's food – particularly from the three-course set menu; a steal at £22.50 – doesn't disappoint. My tuna carpaccio with celeriac remoulade is dazzling – translucent discs of very, very fresh fish with deftly judged seasoning and a punchy, creamy spoonful of root vegetable at the centre. I'm in love. " READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on August 07, 2010
"This is food designed to be relished, rather than gazed at; the flavours huge, the reductions lip-stickingly intense." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed by August 07, 2010
"The best thing, for me, was the Coquilles St Jacques à l’encre, in which the scallops reclined on a bright white apostrophe of puréed cauliflower, itself snuggled by a matching apostrophe of deep black squid ink, very harlequin, very Cecil Beaton at Ascot, very cool indeed." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on August 01, 2010
"Here we have tablecloths, but the menu says retro cafe. What comes on the plate is far more accomplished." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Charmaine Mok Time Out
Reviewed on July 26, 2010
"...our first impressions of this new place is that it could do with more ofhis previous project's welcoming style." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on July 22, 2010
"It is deceptively hard to do simple or rustic where once you have laboured intensively and meticulously. A cone of newspaper (Le Monde) wrapped around fries set on the table with the main courses doesn’t achieve it — crunchy, greasy and saltily delicious though they are." READ REVIEW