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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED La Noisette Restaurant Review: Bjorn van der Horst was little known in London before opening La Noisette, which is surprising given that he was head chef at Picholine in Manhattan; opened Gaia in Greenwich, Connecticut; and reopened Marlon Abela's The Greenhouse in Mayfair. The restaurant was a blighted site before the arrival of the chef; now, despite an interior that is pleasant but strangely characterless---lots of wood, a busy patterned carpet and some vibrant paintings on the walls---it's making waves with his cooking. The experience is haute cuisine, with amuse-gueules that pack a punch on your taste buds, a good cheese trolley, starched linen and dishes resembling works of art---and artful combinations of ingredients. Start with game terrine “hunter’s style,” with a frisée salad and toast or Scottish langoustine carpaccio, sea urchin and caviar. Mains vary from the robust as in spit roasted Bresse chicken with foie gras, ceps and snails to the mixture of tastes in sea bass, trompettes and cockle ravioli. Desserts might include the old-fashioned Grand Marnier soufflé with a peppermint sorbet or the rather odd chocolate, pear and earl grey tea. The wine list tends to be astronomical. Set 3-course lunch £21, set 3-course dinner £55, tasting menu £65.