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PUBLISHED: 13:36 20 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 20 September 2010

In the heart of fashionable South Kensington lies Bistro K, an elegant restaurant offering a modern twist on French cuisine, writes Kate Ferguson. As you step inside this delightful restaurant, what strikes you is the chic decor. Bold contemporary art wo

In the heart of fashionable South Kensington lies Bistro K, an elegant restaurant offering a modern twist on French cuisine, writes Kate Ferguson.

As you step inside this delightful restaurant, what strikes you is the chic decor. Bold contemporary art works hang from the walls, and the sleek glass tables and bar create a thoroughly modern feel.

Yet while this restaurant is chic, stuffy it ain't. As my partner and I walk in we are greeted by a relaxed bustling atmosphere.

The menu is a contemporary take on French classics. While many of the old favourites make an appearance - such as the Scottish beef fillet, with French fries and béarnaise sauce - there are some more daring dishes for those in the mood for something a little different.

My partner, to start, went for foie gras 'au torchon' (on toast) which was delicious, creamy and rich.

I went for a lighter choice, the Cornish crab, green asparagus and avocado salad, which was equally sumptuous. The crab was fresh and bursting with flavour, and complemented well by the greens.

The mains menu strikes just the right balance between meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, and makes good use of seasonal ingredients.

I was tempted by the steak, but opted for the organic salmon 'Mi-Cuit' with fennel, and hollandaise sauce - a decision I did not regret. The salmon was lush, perfectly poached and flavoursome.

My partner went for the roast lamb rump with aubergine and black olive jus. The lamb was well cooked, falling apart in the mouth, and the olive jus provided a surprising yet delightful accompaniment.

Despite being fit to burst the puddings looked too good to resist, and we ordered the ginger crème brulée and chocolate fondant, with tonka bean ice cream. Both were rich but well balanced, and provided a sweet ending to a great meal.

Service is excellent, attentive but not intrusive, and our bread basket was always topped up.

The wine cellar is well stocked, containing vintage reds and whites as well as more simple bottles. We shared a bottle of riesling, the Kuntz, Sybille Kuntz 2007 - £7 a glass or £36 a bottle.

Wines start from £20 a bottle. Starters range form £8.50 to £14, mains from £14.50 to £25 and puddings from £5.50 to £11.

For more information visit: www.bistro-k.co.uk/french-wine-bar.html


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