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  1. Published : Tuesday, 18th February 2014

    Le Bistrot Pierre Plymouth | REVIEW: Le Bistrot Pierre Plymouth

    I'm a sucker for a proper, old-style French restaurant. An Art Deco, zinc-barred, set lunch kind of place that does a nice line in Kirs, Noilly Prat and rare lagers like Meteor, and has a semi-open kitchen that garnishes absolutely everything with parsley chiffonade. Except the crème brûlée. And there is always a crème brûlée. On that basis alone, Le Bistrot Pierre was worth checking out. The menu could disappoint those expecting things to be, well, 'French'. There are none of the things that you would order as a joke, no frogs' legs, escargots or andouillette that are fine when you're in France but on the rare occasion you do find somewhere brave enough to put them on a menu for squeamish rosbifs they're inevitably frozen or tinned and dropped, half-arsed, on a plate like the culinary freak show that they are in Britain. What there is instead is a lot of things that appeal to the appetite; buzzwords like 'smoked garlic sausage' make up dishes that are an assortment of French components rather than straight-up copies, like brioche and mushrooms with crispy Alsace bacon or Burgundian honey pudding with double ginger ice cream...

  2. Published : Friday, 23rd August 2013

    Brasserie Zédel | REVIEW: Brasserie Zedel

    I have a small postcard of Renoir's 'Le déjeuner des canotiers' in my room. It's not the real thing, but it's an authentic symbol of something very French, a sense of indulgence that can be had by any and all: the luxury improved by the absence of frippery. This is the case at Zédel: an Art Deco brasserie with the required excellent, simple and affordable food, efficient service and the soundtrack of cutlery and atmosphere that should be a given in a true brasserie. Oh, and there's a cabaret and bar just opposite. A good restaurant is one that does not make you feel conscious about dining alone. Walking in without novel or newspaper on my first visit, I was led to a table and drinks orders taken quickly. Dropping by to book a table for two in the afternoon 6 weeks later, we were told that there was nothing available until half eight, although we were welcome to come in earlier and see if a table was available. Seeing as spending time in one of the world's great cities is no hardship, it was an easy choice to amble around Golden Square and explore some of the quieter bits of the Smoke. An hour and a half before the original booking time, there was no issue being led to a table. Bread and a carafe of water are supplied quickly by faultless staff who know the menu inside out and can recommend suitable wines that, as in France, can be ordered by the pichet...