French Michelin-starred chef Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex is hoping to wow London diners with the official opening of his first restaurant outside Lyon.
After 17 years running the kitchen at his family-owned restaurant l`Auberge de l’Ile, Ansanay-Alex has spread his wings and has taken up residence at the former Lundum’s restaurant site on Old Brompton Road in London’s South Kensington.
“I have been in the same place for 17 years so I wanted, no I needed to open another restaurant,” said Ansanay-Alex who chose London for the site of his first restaurant outside France because of its proximity and easy access to and from Lyon.
The 40-cover restaurant – Ambassade de l’Ile – has been given a £2.2m revamp with a contemporary purple and white d»cor designed by Lyon-based interior designer Philippe Magnin du Sauzey.
Contemporary French food will be served by Ansanay-Alex and a team of 12, including Pastry Chef Pascal Molines, Restaurant Manager Caroline Marinelli and Sommelier Jacques Varet.
The menu, which includes some signature dishes such as Omble Chevalier (freshwater fish) with Crispy Skin and a Butter Foam and Delicate Poached Foie Gras with a Morel Emulsion and Asparagus Tips, will change monthly with a tasting menu available for £90.
“Our roots are in classical French cooking, but it is presented with a modern slant”, said Ansanay-Alex, who won his first Michelin star in 1993 followed by his second in 2002.
The restaurant had a soft launch on June 19 but was officially opened yesterday.