Delicious: The breast of Landes chicken, smoked sweetcorn and Scottish girolle with tarragon served at the Galvin Bistrot de Luxe.
I struggle to pick a favourite choice of cuisine. Be it British, Thai, Indian, Asian - as long as it's well cooked and packed with flavour, I will savour every last bite. That said, French food keeps putting across a very strong case for the top spot.
The flavours, the smells, the accompanying wine - I love it all.
French is always one of my first preferences when I'm searching for somewhere new to eat on Bookatable.com.
Somewhat ironically, French eatery Galvin Bistrot de Luxe was the first restaurant in the burgeoning portfolio of two Essex brothers who went on to gain Michelin stars.
Inauspiciously tucked away on Baker Street - a London landmark more known for its fictional detectives than its fine dining - Bistrot de Luxe is a real gem.
From the moment you step through the door, which invites you to 'poussez', the bistro tries to transport you to some little corner of Paris.
The faux-French decoration - dark brown wood panels, white table clothes, globe lights and padded chairs - is almost reminiscent of that which you might find in a particularly upmarket Cafe Rouge.
But, as you would hope, the food exceeds anything you might find in a chain restaurant by the culinary equivalent of several light years.
Thankfully the portions were adequate despite our booking a five course tasting menu through Bookatable.com. I'm always slightly concerned that you'll be served with a series of plates with little more than a mouthful of each dish.
The Galvin Gastronomic 5-Course Feast however, was superb value for money at £29 per person (with an option to add accompanying wines for another £24).
The first course was a parfait of Goosnargh duck liver, peach melba and fresh almonds. Parfait is something I would probably never voluntarily order from the menu - it's an acquired taste and one which provoked the gag reflex of my partner on the first mouthful.
That's not a reflection of the quality of the dish however. I was delighted as this meant I got to eat the opening dish twice - I loved the contrast of the creamy, meaty parfait with the sharp tang of the peach.
Course two was sublime.
Neither my partner nor myself knew what to expect from a lasagne of Dorset crab, beurre Nantais and chervil. But we were blown away by it's delicately, buttery flavours (I say we rather sadly - a pity I didn't get to eat this dish twice over too).
Next up was the chicken course - a breast of Landes chicken accompanied by smoked sweetcorn, Scottish girolle and tarragon.
Not quite as memorable as the lasagne, but almost as sublime - the chicken was perfectly cooked. And sweetcorn has never tasted quite so good.
Divine: The elderflower, raspberry, Valrhona chocolate dessert at the Galvin Bistrot de Luxe.
Course five was probably my least favourite. A whipped Fourme d'Ambert, caramelised pear and candied walnuts - basically a pungently strong cheese with the consistency of Angel Delight. The pear was the highlight of the dish for me, but my head couldn't marry up the flavour and texture of the cheese.
Finally, dessert. And probably the most delicious macaron I've ever tasted. I literally didn't want the elderflower, raspberry, Valrhona chocolate dish to end. The balance of almond, raspberry and rich chocolate was married by a beautifully fresh elderflower jelly.
It wasn't just the food that wowed in this place either. The service was friendly from the off.
The wine list was extensive and impressive, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculously expensive, though we washed our food down with a delightful French beer.
But having dined in many restaurants where the food wows but the atmosphere is severely lacking, perhaps the Bistrot's best quality was its vibrant buzz.
The place was packed to the rafters, full of people laughing, joking and enjoying the best of Anglo-French cooking.