Bruno Loubet returned to London after eight years living and working in Brisbane, Australia, and opened Bistrot Bruno Loubet in February 2010 at The Zetter in Clerkenwell, London. The menus showcase Loubet’s distinctive modern bistrot food, and feature some of the hallmark style of his previous influential London establishments such as Bistrot Bruno and L’Odéon. In October 2010 Bistrot Bruno Loubet won the award for highest new entry, at number three in the UK, at the National Restaurant Awards.
The curved shape of the 85-seat restaurant has been retained, with its impressive wall of windows facing St John’s square. Designer Russell Sage has refreshed the original airy interior, giving it a more eclectic yet comfortable appeal, adding reclaimed furniture and quirky objects (eg, classic American wall-mounted fans and old-fashioned industrial lighting). Specially woven raw cotton curtains line the bottom of the windows, and there are unusual furniture pieces, including a wardrobe created from old doors and waiter stations made from off-balance shelves.