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The Square Meal postbag is full of praise for Bruce Poole’s “phenomenal” restaurant, which is as reliable and professional as ever, with its “fantastic” service and wine list, and “first class” ambience. The vibe is surprisingly laid-back: many customers wear jeans, and bentwood chairs serve as seating. But there’s nothing casual about the cooking. Classic French techniques, top-quality ingredients and a British/European sensibility inform the daily changing menu. Expect seasonal ingredients, prepared and cooked to their best advantage. We’ve always found the combinations of flavours and textures to exceed the sum of their parts. A starter of homemade tagliatelle, served with an earthy duck ragout, packs proper punch; main-course cod is roasted to textbook crustiness while still pearlescent inside, and arrives with olive oil mash – colour and acidity being added by roasted tomato and courgette. Puds (quince and almond tart with lemon curd; apple and blackberry jelly with cinnamon beignets) are classy and indulgent, but we’d be sad to miss one of London’s best cheeseboards. Have both.


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  1. Perched on the edge of Wandsworth Common, the renowned Chez Bruce has long been a destination restaurant for well-heeled Balham-and-Clapham-ites, Chez Bruce Outsideso back in February Forks-Up decided it was high time we saw what all the fuss was about, and phoned to book a table. Informed by a heavily French accented receptionist that “ze restaurant eez very beezy”, we asked for the next available Saturday dinner date which could accommodate a table for 2 at 7pm. Roll around to early April and the day had finally come, our reservation confirmed 2 days’ beforehand by another Gallic staff member, who was at pains to...
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  1. Some of the best things are those which have stood the test of time. And like a fine wine that gets better with time, Chez Bruce continues to age gracefully in its quaint corner in Wandsworth overlooking the public common.

    18 years on since Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin opened Chez Bruce in 1995, the recipe to maintaining their 1 Michelin star success here has remained the same. Uncomplicated, unpretentious French and Modern European cuisine… delectable, tried and tested combinations with a focus on classical techniques… and impeccable execution and service by a very accomplished kitchen and front of...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 13 April 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Chez Bruce

    Chez Bruce is a charming Michelin starred restaurant in Wandsworth which has a real ‘neighbourhood favourite’ vibe to it. It’s the sort of place that if I lived locally I’d really enjoy being a regular. The service was warm and friendly and nothing felt too stuffy...
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Bruce Poole

One of the least starry of London’s big-name chefs, Bruce Poole has run Chez Bruce on the site previously occupied by Marco Pierre White’s Harvey’s since 1995. The Surrey-born history graduate keeps media appearances to a minimum, focusing instead on his perennially popular Wandsworth Common flagship and its sibling restaurants The Glasshouse in Kew and La Trompette in Chiswick, which he opened with Nigel Platts-Martin in 1999 and 2001 respectively.

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