Boulestin — London, UK
One of the first restaurants to launch in the rejuvinating area of St James’s in London’s West End, Boulestin is inspired by the original eatery of the same name, which closed nearly 20 years ago after seven decades in business. Brainchild of celebrated restaurateur Joel Kissin (co-founder of Conran Restaurants, now D&D London) and designer Carlos Afonso, the 60-seat bistro comprises a private dining room and the more casual Café Marcel. Both will serve up menus of mostly classic French fare, such as jambon persillé and cassoulet by head chef Andrew Woodford, previously of London’s Colbert and The Wolseley. Interiors are a team effort by Kissin and Afonso themselves; local firm DesignLSM; and New York’s Frank De Biasi. They feature elegantly inviting spaces in shades of green with an impressive marble floor and 1930s chairs by Marc du Plantier.