Owner, sommelier and former pro rugby union player Thierry Tomasin scores at this upmarket French brasserie near Lancaster Gate and Hyde Park. Styled with swirly Art Nouveau mirrors and button-back banquettes in a 200-year-old converted former pub, Angelus has a rep for unrivalled Parisian-style brasserie de luxe dishes; the ducks liver crème brûlée, egg cocotte, frog's legs, saddle of lamb or Grand Marnier soufflé are as good as they get. Classy £13 breakfasts,
all-day brunch (10 am–10 pm) and light bites like 3-egg omelette and truffled brioche steak sandwiches are well conceived, and service is notoriously—how should we say this?—...Gallic! Ex-Le Gavroche sommelier Tomasin is sure to 'Umm' and 'Ahh!', shrug, sniff, gently smile, and then select an absolutely cracking bottle from the extensive and mainly French-focused wine list and Tomasin's opus and all-round master work.