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Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov to open Les Platanes

10 May 2019 by
Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov to open Les Platanes

A new French bistrot de luxe is coming to London, with chef Thierry Laborde (pictured, left) overseeing the kitchen and Anton Efimov (right) as operations director.

Les Platanes, opening on 20 May, will focus on cuisine from the south of France and open in a 19th-century townhouse on Bruton Place in Mayfair.

Laborde previously worked as head chef at Le Gavroche in London, gained a Michelin star in 2004 while at L'Oranger restaurant in London and opened Chabrot Bistrot d'Amis in 2011.

Inspired by the trees which line the lanes of Provence and nearby Berkeley Square in London, Les Platanes takes its name from the French for "plane trees".

The menu will offer starters including warm native lobster salad with fennel and fresh peaches, and a warm potato salad topped with a poached duck egg and Osetra caviar.

Main dishes will feature Cornish turbot accompanied by artichokes à la barigoule alongside sweetbreads, fresh morels, and asparagus. Larger sharing dishes, such as roast chicken from Gascony, served with foie gras and extra fine beans, will also be available. Desserts such as homemade Paris-Brest and organic lemon sorbet, Armagnac and lime zest will be on offer.

A menu du jour will also be available during lunchtime, offering three courses for £36, alongside a carafe of house wine with coffee to finish.

The wine list will comprise wines from the south of France including a selection of Bordeaux, Provence and Languedoc available by the carafe and a small selection by the glass.

The 130-bin list will include some lesser known bottles from small producers as well as favourites from well-known vineyards, including 2015 Château Simone Rouge, Provence and 2016 La Syrah, Famille Dardé, Languedoc, as well as rare vintages such as the 1996 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Maison Verget, and a 1986 Château L'Evangile, Pomerol.

The decor at Les Platanes will take inspiration from classic French bistros with cream walls with accents of teal and oak wood flooring, and recreations of 19th- and 20th-century artwork.

Thierry Laborde, owner, The Kitchen - Minute on the Clock >>

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