With deep tones of French inspiration, period features, and twists of deco modernism, Boulestin serves up an inviting and warm, yet restrained and expertly elegant dining experience. Additional features include a marble bar, rich and buttery cognac leather banquette seating, and sleek 1930's green leather chairs by Marc du Plantier, all balanced by a predominately cream and black interior. The space has been filled with paintings and drawings after those of famous French printmaker Jean-Emile Laboureur.

Yet at the heart of the Boulestin experience, is a truly stellar menu created in collaboration with Head Chef Andrew Woodford formerly of the Wolseley and owner famed restaurateur Joel Kisin. Standouts include starters such as oeuf en gelée (poached eggs in a jellied consommé) and classic mains like cassoulet and roast pigeon with ceps, bacon, and cabbage. The food is complemented by a list of some 160 wines of which 60% are French.

Opened in September 2013, Boulestin is named after the legendary Marcel Boulestin, the writer, restaurateur, author and pioneering TV presenter whose eponymous Covent Garden restaurant opened in 1927. Described by The Guardian's Matthew Fort as "the most imaginative and liberating food writer of his time." and a major influence on the work of such culinary greats as Elizabeth David, his legacy is still felt to this day.

So if it is for a quick but suave business lunch, an intimate evening for two, or a refreshingly classic morning affair, Boulestin is the perfect choice for an exceptional blend of style and substance.

5 St. James Street London SW1A Reservations 020 7930 2030

www.boulestin.com