23 August 2014

Chez Elles Bistroquetone star

45 Brick Lane, London E1 6PU

£42.00 French Whitechapel, Mile End
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-3pm 6pm-12M Sun 12N-6pm

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A little bastion of Gallic joie de vivre in the heart of touristy Banglatown (aka Brick Lane), Chez Elles is unreformed bistro through and through. Birdcages, all manner of decorative tiles festooned around the bar, a hotchpotch of prints, map and other curios on the walls, close-packed tables, French music, cheery service and a general air of cramped bonhomie set the mood. As for the food, look no further than rustic saucissons, Maison Androuet cheeses, rillettes, escargots and soupe à l’oignon followed by confit duck with red cabbage, entrecôte with peppercorn sauce or moules-frites with Roquefort sauce. To conclude, consider crêpes Suzettes, gooey chocolate cake or crème brûlée with pistachios. You can also drop by for a drink and some charcuterie during the afternoon.

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  1. We both left work and started to head towards Brick Lane. As we got closer to the location I started to become slightly apprehensive. I was hit by curry houses and questionable graffiti (not the Banksy artistic kind)…oh and restaurant owners trying to lure you into their dodgy 3 courses for a tenner “special offer”. NO THANKS. As I was about to blurt out to her, “Is this a joke? Where the hell are you taking me?!” we suddenly stopped in front of a quaint French bistro. As we stepped inside it felt as though we had been transported to France itself. Full of character and charm, this venue would not have looked out of place in Notting Hill, but on Brick Lane?! Hidden amongst the rows of curry houses?! Who would have thought?! We were greeted by two eminently polite & sweet French women (Reims-born Nadia and Aurélie) who I’ve been informed own the place and live in the flat upstairs. Nadia and Aurélie have done a great job of putting their own idiosyncratic stamp on the décor. Colorful tiles, flowers, artwork representing France, birdcages and flowers are scattered throughout...
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  2. Published : Sunday, 14th July 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: Chez Elles

    Chez Elles is a French bistroquet in Brick Lane, nestled between the mass of curry houses on the Banglatown side of the lane. I've been meaning to break away from our usual Sunday afternoon jaunt down the vintage markets and bars on the top end of lane and check out Chez Elles, having read a positive review and with Spitalfields originally being a Huguenot area, thought it an appropriate setting for a spot of lunch.We arrived to a warm welcome, and immediately felt at ease, the air conditioning being especially comfortable on one of the hottest days of the year. The room itself has some lovely decorative touches, French posters, art, a decorated trellis at one end, and the birdcage above the bar drawing the eyes attention. As it was Sunday, only a brunch menu was available, a selection of main dishes, including a vegetarian brunch,  a section of egg dishes and charcuterie and desserts. There was also some specials on the board, a lamb burger and a goats cheese and caramelised onion tart, which we decided to go for.My burger was excellent, the lamb burger served pink, with a really well flavoured tomato provencale topping and lovely white bap. These came with some really good home made chips, crisp on the outside and soft inside, with a good taste of potato, which although you would think would be an obvious statement, is a flavour missing from the big bags of frozen catering chips often found these days. My wife's tart was on a disc of puff pastry, with some excellent sweet onions, a salty tapenade and disc of goats cheese. Although goats cheese tarts aren't exactly unusual vegetarian options, this was an exceptionally good take on one.We were going to have dessert elsewhere in the area, but the two other specials on the board sounded too good to miss. I had the Dame Blanche, and my wife the Sunday sundae. The Dame Blanche was a large meringue split and filled with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and warm chocolate sauce and a chocolate decorative bit, the Sunday sundae meringue, raspberry sorbet, whipped cream, mango and raspberry sauce. The sundaes were very generous portions, nearly taking up an entire main course pasta bowl, with a fantastic home made meringue, ice cream and accompaniments. Both were equally delicious and very filling, a great end to the meal.I really liked Chez Elles, with its distinctly Gallic decor, clientele and owners, and will certainly want to return for a lunch or dinner, as there were some of my favourite bistro classics on the evening and lunch menus and given the execution of our brunch, will in no doubt be very fine indeed.Chez Elles
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  3. Lost in the middle of Indian restaurants on Brick Lane, CHEZ ELLES Bistroquet, owned by two Frenchies: Nadia Brahim and Lili L'Hôte is a French bistro which serves traditional French cuisine in a warm and cosy atmosphere.When you enter in this bistro, the team is so welcoming, that you feel straight comfortable, like if you were in your house...
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