The South of France is great: it's got a fantastic climate, scenery, and nightlife, and for all of those reasons, it also has a whole load of non-French people. Feast on fare inspired by that wondrous place, at Kitchen Joël Antunès, finally open to the public.
Set in Mayfair's Embassy Club space, KJA hails the eponymous, doubly Michelin'd chowsmith's southern French Riviera roots, in a space throbbing with nightly DJ tunes and awash in 1950s-vibing pastels and Cote d'Azur photographs by Slim Aarons, who certainly won't stay that way if he's paid via the kitchen. The menu veers traditional, starting with charcuterie from massive "Black Bigorre" pigs renown for their melt-in-mouth consistency, plus beef tartare w/ frites, and a foie terrine w/ apple & red wine jam -- if you know the lyrics, then most likely UB40. Things get bigger with a traditional coq au vin, some veal sweetbreads w/ giant caperberries, a huge dry-aged cote de boeuf, and some suckling pig stuffed with a Granny Smith, who you're free to eat, but only after asking her if Will was as cheek-pinchingly cute as a toddler.
For dessert, there's a notoriously tricky tart tatin, a liquor-soaked rum baba w/ ultra-rich Creole ice cream, and, with caramel & tonka bean 'scream, a "Le Kit Kat" big enough to turn you into a load that'll block out all scenery as your nightlife heads due south.