81 Fulham Road SW3
Tel: +44 (0)171 581 5817
Housed in the splendid Michelin Building, Bibendum must surely be one of the most spacious and comfortable dining rooms to be found in London. The style of food is mostly classic French bistro, although influences from all over the world can be found on the eclectic à la carte menu.
350 King's Road SW3 5UU
Proprietor: Terence Conran
Executive Chef: Andy Sargent
Contact: Stephen Chenery, Restaurant Manager
Reservations: +44 (0)171 559 1000
Fax: +44 (0)171 559 1111
Average meal for two: Lunch £25; dinner £30. Set lunch and early evening supper (6 to 7pm) Monday to Friday £12.75 2 courses; £15.75 3 courses
Open: Lunch Monday to Friday 12 noon to 3.30pm; brunch Saturday to Sunday 11am to 4pm; dinner Monday to Saturday 6 to 11.30pm; Sunday 6 to 10.20pm
Credit cards accepted: Amex, Visa, Diners, MasterCard, Switch, JCB, Solo
Bluebird is the realisation of Terence Conran's dream - to recreate the excitement of going to market, still prevalent in Europe but sadly lacking in Britain today. Exploring new territory, Bluebird is an epicurean experience for lovers of food and drink: a large food market, wine merchant, kitchen shop, traiteur, bakery and patisserie, with an outdoor flower market, alongside a restaurant, café, bar and private dining club. The wonderful food market is full of plentiful, seasonal produce: a gutsy, vibrant market where you are seduced by the aroma of freshly baked bread and patisseries, cheeses wrapped in wax paper, bunches of locally grown herbs, traiteur dishes from Bluebird's kitchens and extensive wines.
Situated on the ground floor directly on the King's Road, the Café is a window on the world. Seating up to about 100, the café spills out on to the market forecourt during the summer. The food and drink tantalises the tastebuds, captivates the imagination and creates curiosity in the foodmarket and restaurant. Open from breakfast until late, the café offers a selection of dishes available in the foodmarket: bread and pastries, traiteur meals, antipasti and salads, and freshly pressed juices. On the other side of the forecourt there is a Conran at Bluebird shop selling home furnishings and professional kitchen equipment. Spilling across the forecourt is a bustling flower market bursting with fragrant flowers and beautiful hand-tied bouquets. The Bluebird restaurant and bar is found upstairs in one of the most remarkable restaurants in London: an amazing, skylit restaurant with pleasant, professional staff; good honest food, much of it from a woodfired oven; an air of expectation and excitement pervading. Bluebird Restaurant's menu features dishes from the grill, rotisserie and crustacea bar, and the chefs make full use of a large wood-fired brick oven. This oven in the restaurant kitchen reaches temperatures around 400-500 degrees Centigradez and cooks a wide variety of meat, fish, poultry and vegetable dishes over different types of wood: whole rabbits over olive wood or wood-roasted crustacea with wild herbs. Over night the oven is used to slowly braise casseroles and stews. On Saturdays and Sundays, 11am until late afternoon, Bluebird comes alive once again when customers come together to enjoy a relaxed brunch with friends, family or a good newspaper. Traditionally served from breakfast through to lunch, the hearty brunch menu features a mix of dishes from both mealtimes: corned beef hash, eggs & spinach, pizzetta de fruits de mer or Tuscan veal sausages. Up in the eaves a private room can be booked for parties up to 30 seated or 70 standing.