Tucked away just off Lower Regent Street, W'Sens is potentially a discreet place to meet.
It is very French, certainly in terms of cuisine, but most obviously in the provenance of the excellent, knowledgeable and welcoming staff.
It's chic: think Euro-flash meets smoky St Germain bohemia and you wouldn't be far wrong.
As you prepare to be seated you notice a hefty waft of joss-stick, introducing the oriental fusion influences that run through the menu. The food is 'inspired by the trade routes between East, West and the Indian Ocean', and it is apt that there are sister restaurants in Mauritius and Cap d'Agde.
There is an impressive wine list coupled with a good choice of food, but not so much choice as to confuse. An excellent crispy prawn with sweet corn and olive oil puree was followed by grilled lobster with cep mushrooms.
My guest went for the un-PC but apparently delicious foie gras and veal.
The dessert, enthusiastically championed by the waiter, was an exceptional apple crumble.
This is not a place that tries to impress with celebrity chefs, or to dazzle with Michelin stars, but an easy-going, accessible lunch or dinner meeting venue with enough twists to tickle the senses.
Where: 12 Waterloo Place, London, SW1 Contact: 0871 0754845 How much: £55 per head