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Your guide to what's happening on the restaurant and bar scene WORDS LUCY BRITNER & NEIL SIMPSON
Don't worry: we're talking Chateaubriand and Champagne
here, not historically revolting peasants. The London restaurant
scene will soon be awash with all things français, thanks to a
collection of spring openings. The team behind perma-booked
Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand is opening the equally informal
Le Chabanais on Mayfair's Mount Street in early April and
another Parisian heavyweight, Les 110 de Taillevent, has
earmarked Marylebone's Cavendish Square for a June launch.
Meanwhile in Fitzrovia, Big Fernand has brought le hamburgé
to the neighbourhood, and Allan Pickett (former head chef at
Plateau) and Bodean's BBQ founder Andre Blais are preparing
the laid-back, French-inspired Piquet for Newman Street (think
slow-braised short rib, pommes purée and parsley pesto).
Elsewhere, Parisian celeb haunt Les Gourmets des Ternes will
unveil a second London site in Knightsbridge this May, while
patisserie Maître Choux will open in the French expat heartland
of South Kensington, showing how a Michelin-starred chef
fashions a bon choux or two. Who needs the Channel Tunnel?