Kitchen French gains a new dimension with the publication of Bruno Loubet's first cookbook, Bistrot Bruno, Cooking from L'Odeon (Macmillan, pounds 20). Allow me to deconstruct the title. Mr Loubet is the former chef of the Four Seasons hotel, who several years ago sacrificed his Michelin star to open Bistrot Bruno in Soho. L'Odeon is the new restaurant, set in the former offices of British Airways overlooking Regent Street, that Bruno is opening with his partner, Pierre Condou.
If you have eaten any of the book's weirder-sounding food, say mackerel kebab with piccalilli, potato cake and lettuce, you have probably eaten it at the "bistrot". L'Odeon, the owners reckon, should be seating its first paying customers sometime this week. Diners will have excellent views of the Christmas lights from the rather spectacular window-lined room. L'Odeon is at 65 Regent Street, London W1 (0171-287 1400).
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