Japanese-influenced French cuisine, plus maki and sashimi, in an elegant, oak-floored space.
Winner of the Good Food Guide’s London Best Restaurant Award in 2009, L’etranger in Kensington serves Japanese-influenced French cuisine, as well as maki and sashimi alongside a world-class wine selection. An award winning restaurant, L’etranger has earned over 30 accolades, including an AA Rosette for Best Wine List in the UK 2013, since its opening in 2002. Signature dishes at L’etranger in London include the renowned caramelised black cod with miso and pomme gallette as well as the pan seared Scottish scallops with truffle puree.
Named for Albert Camus’s 1942 work, the restaurant’s interior echoes the Nobel Prize-winner’s minimalist writing style. Gastronomically the menu is a meeting of eastern and western traditions.
After almost five years of working for Conran Restaurants, first at Le Pont de la Tour and then at Butlers Wharf Chop House, Ibi was introduced to restaurateur Oliver Peyton, who offered arguably the best front-of-house job in London at the time, manager of the Atlantic Bar & Grill in 1995. By early 2002 Issolah felt ready to open his own restaurant, L’etranger.