The Bristol is known throughout the capital for its gourmet restaurant, and also for its new brasserie, the 114 Faubourg, which opened in 2009.
The gourmet restaurant is also going to move shortly to a new location next to the garden. For the time being, the dining room - which used to be a theatre, hence its oval shape - is located in a room near the lobby. The gourmet restaurant has been awarded 3 Michelin stars for its extremely refined take on French cuisine. It is open every day, all year round. Products like pastries, cakes and bread are all made in its kitchens. In the winter, refined dishes can be enjoyed in the magnificent dining room, which was once a theatre and is still decorated in period style with Baccarat crystal chandeliers, wood panelling, tapestries, and a ceiling finished in gold leaf... In the summer, you can enjoy the cuisine of chef Eric Fréchon on the garden terrace.
The hotel's other eating option is the 114 Faubourg, a brasserie that opened in the wing that was newly acquired in 2009. It serves tasty modern dishes showcasing fresh seasonal vegetables in a modern two-floor setting with a hint of Japanese-style decor. For example, the walls are painted with dahlias, much like a Japanese partition, and there is a lot of wood on show. Guests are sure to be impressed by the show cooking, which means they can watch their dish being prepared right before their eyes. There is also an impressive wine list containing quality vintages. The very cosy ambience makes this an ideal place for lunch with friends. Aficionados of fine wine might wish to participate in the wine-tasting evenings that are held on the first Monday of the month.
Lunch and dinner can also be enjoyed in the less formal setting provided in the bar, which is one of the capital's prime meeting places for the rich and powerful. Artists, businessmen, politicians and faces from the media and fashion worlds congregate here to sample a cocktail or two from the barman's many original creations. Teatime is also an institution at the Bristol. Between 3:00pm and 6:00pm, you can choose from a selection of 15 different teas accompanied by petit-fours, sandwiches and other pastries.