‘Decent for a quick lunch in South Ken’, chic but laid-back Tartine is a popular pit stop frequented by carb-light Chelsea girls and Brompton Cross shop assistants taking time out from the rigours of retail. Top billing goes to the titular open sandwiches – ‘healthy’ packages of Poilâne bread with various toppings ranging from goats’ cheese with grilled vegetables to Moroccan lamb with minted yoghurt and harissa or serrano ham with manchego and quince jam. Otherwise, go large with a plate of chicken Caesar salad, steak-frites, fish and chips or organic spaghettini with crab, chilli and tomato. Drinks-wise, there are plenty of attractive fresh juices and tea-based smoothies, as well as cocktails and numerous wines by the glass – also check out the early-evening aperitivi (5-8pm) with complimentary antipasti and other nibbles.
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