A Channel-hopping institution in the heart of South Ken, this bon-vivant bistro turns the Gallic charm up to 11. The narrow dining room is crammed with an assortment of wooden chairs, pews and tables, while a jumble of copper pans, soft-focus paintings of café life and reclaimed church panels affixed to the rough plaster walls add yet more rustic atmosphere. At the front, the seating and bonhomie spill out onto the street; at the far end, a serving hatch and tiny bar dispatch the goods – tub-thumpingly patriotic dishes such as salade lyonnaise, soupe de poissons, lemon sole meunière, coq au vin or entrecôte steak with béarnaise sauce followed by faultless crème brûlée and poached pear, all washed down with vigorous Old World wines. Despite a few language problems, service generally gets the seal of approval from readers.
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