Legendary dining room in a famous old Knightsbridge hotel thats serves as the most unassuming haute destination in town. Head chef Eric Chavot is one of London’s most consistently excellent performers. A champion of British ingredients and an accomplished practitioner of fine French technique, he uses both in combinations such as home cured ‘treacle’ salmon with deep-fried soft shell crab and pan-fried foie gras with cherry and pistachio crumble. Every thing else is as it should be. The wine list is hefty, the service formal and the dining room slightly dull but luxuriously comfortable. It’s, as you might imagine, an expensive restaurant, but the three-course set lunch at £29.50 makes it manageable.