Les Platanes, a contemporary French Bistrot de Luxe by Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov to launch this May


Les Platanes, opening on the 20th May, is the new French restaurant by Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov. Hoping to capture the spirit of warm and convivial French dining, the restaurant will be a welcoming, contemporary French Bistrot de Luxe with an emphasis on cuisine from the South of France.

Located in a nineteenth-century townhouse on Bruton Place, a small cobbled street behind Berkeley Square, Les Platanes’ guests can expect to find exquisite French cooking in a casual yet refined bistro, perfect for a leisurely lunch or an intimate dinner.

Heading up the kitchen will be Thierry Laborde, one of the UK’s leading French chefs who has worked in some of London’s finest French establishments including Le Gavroche, Restaurant Le Louis XV, L’Oranger, and prominently opening Chabrot Bistrot d’Amis in 2011. Anton Efimov will be Les Platanes’ operations director having previously worked in establishments including Mari Vanna UK, Raffles Townhouse, Chinawhite on Air Street, and Buta Kitchen LTD Azerbaijan.

Les Platanes will celebrate Southern French cuisine with a menu featuring contemporary reinventions of classic dishes. The menu will offer guests starters including Warm native lobster salad with fennel and fresh peaches, and a Warm potato salad, topped with a poached duck egg and Ossetra 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. For dessert, sumptuous treats such as Home-made 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.

Thierry Laborde is passionate about bringing the best French produce to the UK, with independent suppliers garnered from his many years working with French cuisine. The chicken served at Les Platanes comes from Gascony, sourced from a medieval village where the poultry roam freely on the sun-soaked hills. The family’s poultry breeding methods are rooted in tradition but use modern feeding and monitoring techniques to ensure the best quality product. Les Platanes’ cheese and butter are sourced from a family run business in a small town south of Loire-Atlantique, which still use artisanal processes of double harvesting while keeping the milk unpasteurised. The cows are raised on the lush green pastures of the Vendée region and their milk is regularly analysed to guarantee the most exceptional result.

The keenly priced wine list will comprise the finest examples from the South of France including a selection of Bordeaux, Provence and Languedoc. The restaurant will offer wines by the carafe in addition to a small selection by the glass. The list will extend to over 130 bins including some lesser known bottles from small producers as well as favourites from well-known vineyards, some examples of this include 2015 Château Simone Rouge, Provence and 2016 La Syrah, Famille Dardé, Languedoc. Les Platanes will also offer a selection of fine wines with rare vintages at accessible prices such as the 1996 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Maison Verget, and a 1986 Château L’Evangile, Pomerol.

Inspired by the iconic trees to line the lanes of Provence and nearby Berkeley Square, Les Platanes takes its name from the French for ‘plane trees’; famous for their historical ties to both London and the South of France and their comforting, revitalising shade.

The décor at Les Platanes will take inspiration from classic French bistros with a subtle and elegant colour scheme featuring cream walls with accents of teal and by oak wood flooring, complemented by recreations of great nineteenth and twentieth century artwork.

Les Platanes will officially open to the public on 20th May.
To book, please email reservations@lesplatanes.co.uk or call 020 7629 5613.

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Notes to Editors:
Les Platanes is open from Monday to Saturday, from 12.00 to 23.30

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