Flack: (Saving) on Expenses - Espelette, London W1

Reviewer: Harry King, associate director healthcare, Porter Novelli

What is it good for?

The Espelette is perfect for meeting colleagues or clients with a heavy travel schedule who want to relax and reflect.

It balances good service with a tranquil atmosphere. It has an easy menu of familiar bistro favourites - it's like a conservatory-come-brasserie.

Signature dishes

The lunch menu offers a good selection of salads and sandwiches as well as British classics such as fish and chips and cottage pie, but with a French twist.

Who's the boss?

Helene Darroze - winner of two Michelin stars for her main restaurant in The Connaught and one for her restaurant on Rue d'Assas in Paris.

Tips please

Aim for an early service to avoid the ladies of Mayfair descending for afternoon tea.

What's the damage?

The dishes on the lunch menu range from £14 to £38.

Espelette at The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL, 020 7107 8861 the-connaught.co.uk

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