Oenophiles will delight in the treasures of the world's terroirs available at Les 110 de Taillevent, says Beatrice Squires
Just off Bond Street and a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, Cavendish Square is one of the city’s most sophisticated addresses, providing a serene haven from the bustling streets nearby. This is the new home of Les 110 de Taillevent, an appropriately stylish French brasserie that, true to its name, offers 110 wines by the glass. The 70-seat restaurant is the younger relative of the acclaimed, two-Michelin-starred Les 110 de Taillevent in Paris, owned by the famous Gardinier family. Set in a beautiful listed building, the brasserie is a lofty space with high ceilings and vast windows, while low lighting, earthy tones and an illuminated bar brimming with wine bottles add to the grandiose atmosphere. The interior is the work of Pierre-Yves Rochon, who is renowned for numerous prestigious projects including the Savoy hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane.
Rather than giving the food precedence, diners are encouraged to first focus on the wine with the help of a sommelier who will guide them through an extensive list of international labels that have been selected by Taillevent Paris’s wine department director, Pierre Bérot. The four glasses recommended for each dish are categorised by price, so that the customer can match their food with a choice that suits them. As for the cuisine, the à la carte menu is traditionally French, made with high-quality seasonal produce and interpreted from its parent site’s menu by head chef Robert Panek. Dishes include sirloin with marrowbone and pepper sauce and whole seabass with lemon and olive oil dressing. For those who want a light meal, there’s a less formal Wine Time menu served between 5pm and 7pm. Simple plates of charcuterie, seafood such as tempura prawns, vegetables and cheese are served at the bar with suggested Champagne and wine pairings. Les 110 de Taillevent is even open for breakfast, though you may not be keen on the hard stuff at that time of day. With a price-ascending matching menu including hot and mostly non-alcoholic drinks such as Italian Mocha and Virgin Mary, this is the place to start your day in style.
Les 110 de Taillevent, 16 Cavendish Square,
W1G 9DD. 020 3141 6016.