Last Sunday a couple of friends and I went to say ‘Bonjour’ to our friend, the oh so very french, Claire de Lune who has recently opened the very fabulous Le Salon at the lower end of Oxford Street in what was the Gotham small bar.
Claire, or as I should say Marc Kuzma, as we all know has for the last six years been behind the successful Slide just a few doors up, giving the strip an excellent cabaret / restaurant / nightspot experience. Well he’s dusted himself down and created this splendid French style brassiere and cocktail bar Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon.
He’s there steering dinner and drinks each evening between Tuesday and Saturdays but I want to share that he also serves Brunch on Sundays and from my experience I can predict it will soon be the new must-do spot to be. It’s not to be saved for a special occasion oh no – it’s a little chic treat guaranteed to make your Sunday sparkle.
Marc has designed and chosen the décor and furnishings and it’s a gorgeous Parisian back and white themed room with a really astonishing sense of detail. Primarily being a dinner restaurant the table and chairs are comfy and spacious. The front, which faces Oxford Street, is floor to ceiling glass so the vibe is sunny and bright with just that lovely little touch of occasion.
We began with a shared basket of baked bit’s and piece’s, Le Panier ($16), which included croissant, brioche and baguette with stunning jam and conserves whist our main dishes were being prepared. Two of us opted for the Croque Madame ($16.50) which was a very french 2 slices of organic multigrain filled with leg ham, béchamel sauce and gruyere cheese, baked and topped with a fried egg. It’s very opulent and quite filling. Our friend had the Egg Benedict ($16) which came served on rosti potato and he said it was one of the nicest hollandaise he has ever tried.
The coffee is divine and strong, try the Le Grand Bol de Café au Lait ($6) and I guarantee you’ll think you were at one of those unforgettable Paris sidewalk cafes’. Because we were having a long overdue catch up and had so much gossip to exchange we indulged, at Claire’s insistence, in one of the smart Mimosa’s: french champagne topped with freshly squeezed orange juice, which everyone seemed to have – ooh la la! Marc is constantly back and forth from the kitchen, greeting everyone with air-kisses and his trademark ‘Joie de vivre’ – its contagious the whole place is full of life, laughter and joy.
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