Kensington's Park Terrace Restaurant has reopened at the Royal Garden Hotel. What was a rather unsatisfactory space has been divided into three different areas. The restaurant serves British food, and there's a more informal all-day dining area and a much needed bar. In charge is executive chef Steve Munkley, whose championing of small local suppliers is well known (try Mrs Tee's wild mushrooms). With its stunning view over Kensington Gardens, it makes a welcome new oasis in Kensington. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Park Terrace Restaurant, 2-24 Kensington High St., London W8 4PT, 020-7937 8000.
A move from Chelsea to Soho might seem risky, but this one should be a success. Opening in Richard Corrigan's former Lindsay House in June is Alexis Gauthier at Lindsay House. He's moving from Roussillon, though remains a part owner. One of those small, relatively undiscovered gems, Roussillon offers top French cooking. The chef is well known for his vegetarian options and a good French wine list. Alexis Gauthier at Lindsay House, 21 Romilly St., London W1, 020 7494 3111.
Bar Boulud has opened at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Daniel Boulud is known, of course, from New York's Bar Boulud and Daniel among other restaurants, and the new executive chef, Dean Yasharian, worked at Bar Boulud in New York. Londoners will be delighted that Stephen Macintosh, who came from J. Sheekey and then The Wolseley, will be general manager. With Heston Blumenthal from The Fat Duck due to open in the autumn, the competition between the Mandarin Oriental and The Berkeley (with Pierre Koffmann and Marcus Wareing) will be intense. They are opposite each other. The three London residents know each other well, so this should be fun. Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1Y 7LA, 020-7235 2000.
It's great to welcome back chefs who have made their mark on London's culinary scene, and now there is a particular cause for rejoicing. Pierre Koffmann made his name at La Tante Claire which moved from Chelsea to The Berkeley hotel from 1998-2004, then closed. London lost sight of the French chef for a few years, then up he popped last September with a temporary pop-up restaurant on the top of Selfridges. Clearly new plans were afoot. Now he is planning to open his new restaurant, Koffmann's, at...The Berkeley hotel in June. He's taking over Boxwood Café which closed on April 26, a move that will reflect a more casual style than his previous starry restaurants (and reflecting a more casual mood both from customers and from himself). Regional, seasonal French dishes will dictate the menu, but the loyal will be delighted to hear that his famous pig's trotter with morels will reappear. Koffmann's, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL, 800-63-SAVOY, 020-7235 6000.
Who's for a Martini?
The rather odd sounding Tanqueray No. TEN Terrace at the Fifth Floor (better just to call it the martini terrace) at Harvey Nichols will offer new interpretations of the classic cocktail. If you think you know it all, then try the flight (three different miniature martinis including one dating back to 1903). It all takes place in a terribly elegant (this is Harvey Nicks as it is known to Londoners) black and white venue. There is a short menu to help you cope with the alcohol. Tanqueray No. TEN Terrace , Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW3, 020 7235 5250 .
A Night at the MoviesChef Shuffle
You can always rely on the super swish One Aldwych to come up with the goods. So take your seat in its screening room, sip a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne (and try the free popcorn), and sit back to watch movies like The Hurt Locker and A Single Man. It's £38.50 per person, and includes dinner in Axis at One Aldwych. It's a great deal. Axis at One Aldwych, One Aldwych, 1 Aldwych, London WC2, 020-7300 0300.
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