La Bouchee

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Four of us went to a pre-booked, mid-week Birthday lunch. Having chosen La Bouchee from several listed on london-eating, because of the uniformly good reviews, we were disappointed that it was not as good as we had believed. Almost all the reviews were from 2012, so maybe there had been a change of chef, or management...?

We were welcomed, shown to our table in the window, and given every encouragement to order, attentive and smiling staff explained the menu (it was in French, naturally) and we selected our dishes. We chose something to start, then main courses, and the least expensive bottle of wine. One had squid followed by octopus, both pronounced excellent. One had coq au vin, one confit de canard, both were average, and one had a pork dish, all then had Creme brulee and coffee.

La Bouchee looks pretty scruffy inside, with extremely sticky tables, for 4 of us the bill was nearly £200 which seemed a good deal more than expected, and more than the earlier reviews had suggested.
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Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5
Saturday, March 15, 2014

As always La Bouchee is just a REALLY good place to be. Sunday lunch 16th September there were four of us. Everyone loved the attention to detail and the meticulously prepared sauces that make all the difference. I think I will be back in January. Its not been so long since I have been back this time and the place has been de-cluttered a little. The walls used to be a little too busy. Staff are friendly and the service warm and efficient.
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Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The sundried tomato Parmesan risotto is the best I've had in years. I also cook risotto, the texture was perfect. This is a must try.

Sit on the patio with a bottle of French souvigan blanc, this is a quiet place to pretend you are in France.
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Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Monday, August 20, 2012

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