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After 10 years as head chef at Covent Garden’s Mon Plaisir, Franck Raymond has moved across the river to set up shop just south of Battersea
Bridge. The new venture is sure to win as many plaudits as his former establishment – particularly as it deals in the kind of honest, unshowy Gallic cooking that made his name, at prices suited to
the neighbourhood location. Unremarkable interiors (white tablecloths, high-backed chairs and specials boards) set the scene for patriotic wines and a refined bourgeois menu served by attentive
staff. Shelled snails in a creamy parsley and butter sauce or lobster soup spiked with Armagnac promise gutsy French flavours elevated by touches of finesse, while perfectly roasted cod with
quinoa, orange and rosemary sauce is a standout main course. For afters, fluffy chocolate mousse is pure heaven. An instant local gem.
So i had that rare opportunity recently of going back to a restaurant which i dined at last year, and said i wouldn't be returning too. Everything i ate last year looked clumsy on the plate, attention to detail was minimal and things just didn't leave me longing for them again. But something unprecedented has happened. Just take your time, visually to look at my review of Augustine Kitchen last year and you can noticeably see the improvements. The head chef and owner , Franck Raymond has certainly taken customer feedback to the max, because he's managed to turn what was just another French bistro restaurant in Battersea,...
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Augustine Kitchen is located in Battersea, which I had never visited before, but really liked, particularly due to the gorgeous weather yesterday. My friend and I were treated like royalty, as the waitress gave us a table by the window, started us off with pink champagne (the key to my heart!) and then brought out Franck himself to explain just what he would be cooking.Let me talk you through the 5 courses, one by one, as they were presented. Try not to drool too much. The first course was lentil salad, with grapes, croutons and small pieces of cheese...
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Battersea is an area which i really love, but it lacks very good restaurants - especially in the Battersea Bridge area. I was very excited when i heard a French restaurant had just opened just over the bridge from Chelsea, led by head chef, Franck Raymond who already worked wonders at Mon Plaisir in Covent Garden, with its authentic French food. Here, Franck is focusing on a menu led by ingredients from his home town, Evian.The dining room of Augustine Kitchen looks as though its been here for years and while it does have some charm to it...
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There is such a thing as damning with faint praise and our experience of Augustine Kitchen was the victim of such by A just minutes in to our main course when she said with a sigh and a disappointed frown; "oh but I had really wanted to like this place'. I couldn't have put it better myself. I had high hopes. Chef Franck Raymond crossed to the south of the river with a reputation cemented during his time at Mon Plaisir in Covent Garden and a Twitter feed had talked of excellent food and wine suppliers.At 7pm on a Saturday night we were the only diners in the main room. By 9pm it was a third full. At first we felt...
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