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Papillon, 96 Draycot Avenue SW3

Louise Elgin was seduced by Chelsea cool

Just off Brompton Cross, that part of Knightsbridge/Chelsea that is very fashionable with foreign wealthy bankers and their families, is rather a gorgeous joint. Discreetly tucked down Draycott Avenue, Papillon is elegance personified. As soon as I entered the restaurant I was sold, for this is one sexy place! A semi circular room decorated in muted colours, of mushroom, browns and beiges creating a very intimate feel. Boys, this is definitely one hell of a place to impress the ladies, rarely have I loved an interior as much as I did this one. (This is the work of designer is Russell Sage, who I had never heard of, but then I am not very up the world of interiors - or fashion designing which apparently he is better known for). The conical lighting is subdued and flattering, and some seating is boothed and circular which is always my preferred choice of dining. There is a cosy and convivial ambience to the place and it is a restaurant where you might just dress to kill, as it would be a shame not to look your best in such glamorous surroundings.

There is a serious wine list with some 750 to choose between, all with reasonable mark ups. The General Manager and award-winning sommelier Philippe Messy certainly knows his stuff and was hugely helpful in pairing wines to suit our taste buds and palates. In the kitchen is Chef David Duverger, late of the highly regarded but now sadly now closed Putney Bridge restaurant who seems to be doing a sterling job if our meal was anything to go by.

After a glass of champagne had wetted our appetites, (anything less in such a stylish place would have seemed inappropriate) we tucked into the menu which is heavily French influenced. I began with a pheasant white pudding with morel sauce, both rich and light at the same time, the pheasant not being over powering. I tried a glass of Chardonnay, Macon Milly-Lamartine 2004, which was surprisingly crisp and light, cutting through the richness of the mousse. My guest had a salad of deep fried poached egg, trompettes with cured ham and a rocket salad, it was beautiful to look at and was light and tasty with satisfying flavours. A Chignin-Bergeron 2002 made a very rich accompaniment. Being a greedy pair we also shared a pan fried scallop with Jerusalem artichoke purée, which was pure comfort food, creamy flavours with a touch of bacon.

To follow, my guest had a fabulous roast venison with lentils and peppered sauce, the meat was really tender and pink in the middle, and was served with well flavoured bacon and spiced lentils. Her accompanying wine - a rich and buttery on the nose Cahors (Malbec) 2002 had a perfect creamy, peppery taste and a soft finish. I had a satisfying plate of plump and tender turbot “Grand Mere”. This came served with salty bacon bits with provided a good contrast to the turbot which was fishy without being overpowering.  To finish, we shared a terrific orange crepe soufflé with light mousse and custard style interior.

I’m sure Papillon is already a huge hit with the cognoscenti who regularly frequent this part of town. It is open seven days a week and is apparently even open for breakfast, but as I would imagine the ladies who lunch are not up much before 11am, I was left wondering who will grace its tables at that hour?

Dinner for two with wine, water etc around £110.00

Louise Elgin. November 2006

96 Draycott Avenue
London SW3 Tel: 020 7225 2555

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