Flack: (Saving) on expenses - Launceston Place, London W8

Reviewer Kelly Walsh, deputy CEO, MS&L.

- What is it good for?

A few minutes away from the bustle of High Street Kensington, Launceston Place sits on a peaceful street. The modern design and series of small, interconnecting dining rooms make it smart but convivial. The staff are friendly and enjoy talking about food.

- Signature dish

Provenance and seasonality play a big part in the menu. The English asparagus, freshwater fish pie and rice pudding souffle with raspberry ripple ice cream are well regarded.

- Who's the boss?

Head chef Tristan Welch forged his career in top London and Paris restaurants, including Le Gavroche and L'Arpege. He previously worked at the two Michelin-starred Petrus. In 2007, he moved to Launceston Place and relaunched the restaurant with a modern British menu.

- Tips please?

The three-course lunch menu includes an amuse-bouche and a pre-dessert, so don't eat too much bread.

- What's the damage?

The three-course lunch costs £18 per person. The quality of food and the presentation make it very good value for money.

Launceston Place, 1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL 020 7937 6912.

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