London Gets A Nice Phoque

Wed 09 2017  |  admin


A new Michelin-starred restaurant has come to London – and we know what you’re thinking.

What, le Phoque?

And you’d be right – because the Mandrake Hotel in Fitzrovia now boasts the first London outpost of Hong Kong success story (and World’s 50 Best Restaurant) Serge et Le Phoque.

Brought over by the same original founders, Charles Pelletier and Frédéric Peneau, the slick French eatery manages to retain its own identity – in contrast to the opulent building wrapped around it, the dining area has an understated modernist feel to it, although the hotel’s eccentric-chic vibe does bleed into the bar area (with touches like the seemingly taxidermied hybrid goat/pheasant hanging above the liquor bottles), and the glorious private diner set in a greenhouse overlooking the hotel courtyard.

Foodwise, they’re serving up same kind of contemporary European cuisine that won it a Michelin star within a year of opening back in HK (why fix it if it ain’t broke?), with dishes that change from day to day, and even table to table, according to the chef’s whims. That means you can expect the likes of scallops with yuzu kosho and matcha; Sicilian red prawn ceviche with passionfruit; whole chargrilled côte de boeuf with hot, pickled guindilla peppers, frites, plus some béarnaise/gravy; and dacquoise – a French dessert that is heinously under-represented in restaurants, considering it consists of layers of baked hazelnut meringue and buttercream.

And for the bar? They’re shipping in organic and biodynamic wines from around the world, under the esteemed eye of ex-Clove Club sommelier, Bert Blaize.

So you can, at last, go out for a Blaize of glory.

Serge et le Phoque is open right now. You can make a booking by emailing, and find out more on the Mandrake’s website right here.

via Nudge.