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Gazette (Battersea)

Yes, it's a brasserie in a fairly newbuild residential block East of Wandsworth bridge, but this is an astonishingly good place to spend an evening eating and drinking extremely well. I knew it was going to be good when I realised that everyone seemed to be having a good time, a good portion of the diners were French and that I wanted to consume almost everything on the menu. The room is well divided so it feels cosier than it has a right to do and generally it feels sufficiently smart and at once fairly relaxed. The quality of the cooking is high, which is to say it's genuinely skilled and there's care taken at every step. Though this is a brasserie such that you know much of what's going to be on the menu, there are 4 plats du jour/ daily specials offered whose creation tends to be a little more inventive than the bistrot classics on the 'menu principal'. The sauce poivre was mediocre- that's the greatest criticism I can come up with. The frites, steak, cheese souffle, salad, vinaigrette, bread, cuisses de grenouilles, petits pots au chocolat, cheeses; they were all top notch. Service was warm, charming, attentive but not intrusive. The wine list is a product of love and intelligence and care was taken to make sure I chose well. Glassware is better than you'd expect. Decent availability of a selection of wines by the glass and half bottle. Kids' food too.

Monday, May 19, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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