Pitched just round the corner from The Old Vic, this chilled-out bistro is naturally an evergreen favourite with theatre types, commuters and locals alike. Solid wooden floorboards, whirring ceiling fans and worn leather booths set the tone for a menu of no-nonsense, cosmopolitan fodder that delivers a mix of unchallenging but ‘imaginative’ ideas from far and wide. Starters such as crispy duck salad with apple compote can be ordered as mains, and the full-line-up also spans everything from herb-crusted cod fillet with ratatouille to rosemary-marinated rump of lamb with garlic mash and redcurrant jus. Decent pricing and belly-rubbing puds like lemon drizzle cake keep locals coming back for more, while the brief wine list offers tasting notes for matching grub with grape. Brunch and Sunday roasts play their part, and pre-theatre deals also come ‘highly recommended’.
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