The latest offering from the team that owns the The Wolseley, Colbert has opened on London’s Sloane Square. The restaurant has undergone extensive refurbishment from when it was the much-loved Oriel. Rumour has it that Lord Cadogan didn’t for some bizarre reason like the Oriel, and refused to renew the lease. Hence, the birth of Colbert.
The restaurant and bar are designed in the style of a French brasserie and their menu reflects this with everything from scrambled eggs to croque monsieur, and steak tartare. Open from 8am for breakfast to 11pm for lunch, dinner and whatever takes your fancy in between.
The Colbert has a similar booking policy to the Wolseley. That is, some of the tables can be booked but there are also some available for walk-ins. Having said this, it is likely that you will have to queue if you don’t have a booking.
I couldn’t get a table around 8pm and tried the walk-in method. Sally and I were relegated to the bar which, give it its due, takes up what looks like half of the restaurant space. There are tables here too, and eventually one was found for us.
This isn’t a place for a quick meal although it may be easier during the day. This is very much a place to see and be seen so if you’re into people watching, its definitely for you and you might even spot a celeb or two.
I had their boudin blanc (the white version of black pudding) £10.50, a delicate sausage served on a bed of Puy lentils. I could have ordered vegetables, which were extra but as I didn’t realise until after the order was given, it was easier not to bother. As it was, we had to wait half an hour for our meal. Sally’s roast squash salad £12.00 consisted of green leaves and a few pieces of roast squash, nothing else. Sally wandered what you would get as a starter £8.00, as there wasn’t much on her plate as a main course. Sadly, it was an unwise choice, as she landed up gorging herself on the delicious bread sticks provided.
There is a cover charge of £1.75 at lunch and dinnertime in the dining room. As this wasn’t on our bill, I presume it is waived in the bar.