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A shoo-in for the title of most Parisian bistro in London, Casse-Croûte is “a little bit of France right in the middle of Bermondsey”. The owner is Hervé Durochat, previously manager at José across the road, and you might notice similarities to its Spanish neighbour in the limited space and high demand – bagging a table isn’t easy. When you have found a seat, you’ll be treated to brisk and barely affable Parisian service, but that’s all part of the experience. The brief menu is chalked up in French on a blackboard and changes daily. We’ve enjoyed a hearty chestnut soup and a richly flavoured coq au vin, though the meat in a beef stew was unpleasantly chewy, as if not cooked for long enough. Dessert of Paris-Brest, naturally, was superb. Both the food and the all-French wine list are exceptionally good value, but the effervescent Gallic atmosphere is priceless.


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  1. Published : Thursday, 27 March 2014

    vialaporte :: Casse-Croute // Bermondsey // London

    Being French, I love to find a restaurant that reminds me of home, which is exactly what Casse-Croûte does. All of the team is French, they speak French with the diners and all food is French. The atmosphere is almost so real that you feel that you are actually in a Parisian bistro, but it takes more than scribbling the menu on a blackboard to make an authentic experience; the food needs to be up to scratch too.

    Considering the price, I was expecting to the level of food that you’d find in Paris. Restaurants like L’Entredgeu or Ardoise are the benchmark. Firstly, you might not be impressed by the restrictive...
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  1. It never ceases to amaze me how the culinary gentrification of the London Bridge area doesn’t seem to be letting off steam. Particularly the extremely popular Bermondsey street is a shining example of this. With the arrival of Casse Croute South Londoners have a viable option if they want to indulge in proper French Bistro dining (which was definitely a missing piece on Bermondsey Street’s culinary map)...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 10 August 2013

    [FEAST to the world] :: Casse-Croute, Bermondsey

    Few new openings excite me these days, but then few places are like Casse-Croûte. Opened just a little less than a month ago is this petit Gallic bistro in Bermondsey. Own and run by the general manager of the Tapas bar, José just across the road. Sitting only about 20-covers, this charming bistro serves authentic, classic French dishes alongside with an all-French wine list...
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  1. Casse-Croute, a small little French bistro recently opened by Herve Durochat, on Bermondsey Street.

    Ditching my ballet and jazz shoes on another beautiful Monday morning, I was eager to check out what this new place had to offer...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 4 August 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Casse-Croute

    It’s a tiny restaurant with tables packed very close together – so much so that it’s inevitable one of you will knock over a glass or two when getting to your seat. But with that comes a great atmosphere and a great French soundtrack playing in the background – it felt like we were actually in France.

    The daily changing menu (written in French) is small with just three options per course and is displayed on a blackboard on the wall...
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  1. If it was possible to pluck a fictional eaterie out of the Parisian back streets of the film Amelie and plant it on Bermondsey Street in London, it would look exactly like Casse-Croûte. This small bistro with around 20 seats and a few spaces to prop up the digestif laden bar is about as French as Gérard Depardieu sporting a beret and belting out the full run of La Marseillaise. But more bijou (thankfully).

    It has everything to match the French bistro of your mind, the sort you would hope to stumble into on the left bank after a walk from Montparnasse late one evening to continue a conversation about...
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  1. Having stepped through the front door of Casse-Croûte with my dinner date from a grey and dreary Bermondsey Street on a nippy Friday evening, I was immediately transported into a cosy little French bistro. The wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen smacked me in the nose and i couldn’t wait to tuck in to my dinner. From the cute red & white chequered tablecloths to the walls adorned with posters, Casse-Croûte’s décor is quite charming. It’s really not that hard to imagine you’re in Paris when you’re in there – the atmosphere bustles and diners are squeezed into tables close together, in a typical Parisienne...
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Essential Details for Casse-Croûte

  • Address: 109 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB
  • Telephone: 020 7407 2140
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-10pm (Sun -5pm)

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