All reader reviews by Eoghan
Went a couple of weeks ago with my sister for lunch. Being a Tuesday it was alomost completely empty. The difference between the set lunch menu and the a la carte is staggering - my budget forced us to go for the set menu option and my heart sank slightly when I saw the choices, which looked very bistro-esque.
We shouldn't have worried. Snails, done simply, were superb and my sister pronounced her soup (cream of celeriac as far I remember) the best soup she'd ever eaten. High praise! Toulouse sausages and mussels for mains were equally good. As I say, not exciting fare on paper but superbly cooked. We had lovely wine by the glass.
Perhaps when it's full it feels a bit cramped but some of the comments are outrageously over-exaggerated. It's a light, airy room that's quite small but hardly poky; it's a bit weird having all the deliveries, gas man etc trek past you (presumably there's no separate door to the basement).
The chef is a proper rude bwoy, top lad, loads of jokes (usually at your expense). Head waiter a suave frenchman of the old school (with some great stories about escargots). Refusing desserts due to time constraints and with a couple of glasses of wine each, water, coffee and service, the bill was a very reasonable £65, although in the evening I imagine it would be double that.
This is the second time I've been for a meal on the basis of reviews here - spot on once again. (The other is the utterly superb L'Auberge in Putney which is my favourite restaurant in London).
Overall: WELL worth a try. I'd love to go in the evening for some sexier dishes.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9
I can only echo the comments below - I went to L'Auberge on the back of previous reviews. The service is truly outstanding - it began before we even got there as I ended up chatting to the proprietor for a few minutes while I was booking...got the impression that this would be a special place.
The food was superb - my camambert tartlet was perfect and the main course of red mullet likewise. Portions a little on the small side but this isn't the sort of place you go to feed up at.
Then with a smile and without a hint of arrogance Mme Ardilly said "Would you like a dessert? We SPECIALISE in dessrts." Gone were any thoughts of leaving it at that and indeed the desserts were exquisite.
The service is CONFIDENT without being pushy - ie suggestions are made as to what works ("how would you like your tuna? Medium rare?") or making an assertive suggestion as to a wine choice. It is geniunely friendly and always smiling - professional but not stuffy.
As with someone elses review below, we (two of us) had 3 course a la carte, with aperitifs, a decent bottle and coffee for £100 (including service). Outstanding value for London on a Saturday night.
Even moer touching was how delightde they were that we had enjoyed the experience. Time to save up or convince my parents to take me out to dinner!
Friday, November 25, 2005
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10