All reader reviews by R Broughton

Frere Jacques

This is the nearest you can get to a bustling all-day Brasserie without popping over the channel. Super efficient all-French staff, Formule, Rapides, the Carte, Specials - it's all here. For your blow-out, start with a dozen snails, then pop for a steak. Your entrecote will come as requested and if you go for rare, as we do, note that it will ooze blood-red juice. This with frites, a few thin green beans and a bearnaise, well you can't go wrong. Then have a small plate of cheese, and finish with a creme brulee. And the perfectly drinkable house red comes in at about a tenner a bottle. Others times, have the rapide. A gutsy soup followed by a minute steak will set you back less than eight quid. And if these suggestions are a bit meat orientated, they always have great fish on.

We love this place, as do a load of others; queues out of the door are a regular occurence, but you're never rushed. There are plenty of covers, so there's always a brisk turnaround

Monday, October 16, 2006
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

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