It was Oliver who gave chef Greg Marchand the nickname that’s now synonymous with lighter, healthier French cooking. At Marchand’s Covent Garden restaurant, that style mixes with influences from the U.K.—bringing in lamb from Wales and rainbow trout from Scotland. “The food is exquisite,” Oliver says. “I knew Frenchie was a clever boy, but he’s just got better and better.” 16 Henrietta St., 44 20 7836-4422; frenchiecoventgarden.com
This three-Michelin-starred hotel restaurant is a surprising choice for French chef Koffmann, who held three stars at La Tante Claire before abandoning fine dining in favor of the rustic cuisine of his native Gascony. But a recent lunch at Alain Ducasse’s newest space has him reconsidering. “I’m not interested in Michelin restaurants anymore,” Koffmann says, “but it was the best meal I’ve had in a year.” The lobster with chicken quenelles is “perfection,” he says.
53 Park Lane, 44 20 7629-8866; alainducasse-dorchester.com