All reader reviews by Errol

Chez Manny

Great restaurant for lovers of food, French cuisine and wine – but thankfully lacking in the French pomp and pretension so common in London restaurants. I took my French girlfriend and her mother there in the hope that it would meet up to particularly demanding expectations. My girlfriend told me that this is the best French restaurant that she has been to in London – well worth the trip over the river.

The food was good, and the main courses were also well sized. We ate a la carte (although the set menu looked good and was very cheap) and had the scallops, terrine and pate to start with – all very nice and well presented. We had the duck confit (2) and the lamb for a main course - which was very good, although be noted to request what sort of vegetables you want (nicely, these are included in the price). I would recommend asking the owner for advice on wine, as he found something superb and well priced (Paulliac?).

The best thing about the food had to be the desserts – I had the chocolate fondant with nougat glace and the girls had the profiteroles. The former was the best dessert I have ever had, and the latter looked superb. I will come back here just for this.

The tables were nicely spread out i.e. not all squashed together, and there wasn’t a sense that we had to rush to get out so that they could sit other diners (which I personally detest).

This is a good restaurant for people looking for decent food, particularly for chocoholics, and (thankfully) a good place to impress very demanding French friends (and probably very good for wine lovers). My two faults would be it is a bit of a pain to get to, and that because it lacks the pretence it doesn’t feel right – but the latter isn’t really a fault more something that I have gotten used to.

Monday, December 12, 2005
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

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