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|Address:||40 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9NG|
|Tel:||020 7042 6400|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £94.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm (Sun -4pm)|
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I'm afraid Bistro Union didn't quite live up to my expectations of a Trinity-backed and Squaremeal-starred restaurant. I was here with 4 girlfriends for lunch and we went for a variety of sharing plates from the British tapas type menu and for me only one dish really hit the spot: the chicken liver pate was creamy and rich and was cut through beautifully by a cherry sauce topping. However, the spiced crab was just a spicey mess, the shrimp was more shrivelled up generic seafood, the pastry on the sausage roll thing overwhelmed the meat which lacked any distinctive flavour, broad beans (whilst attractively served grilled in their pods) a bit flavourless and tough, and anchovy toast just blah. Red Leicester cheese was good, but I presume that was not made on the premises! I like the fact that they bring you decent bread and water, both still and sparkling, in their house bottles and it's got quite a cutesy bistro decor with quirky touches like the menu coming in what looks like an old school book. The terrace would be a nice spot for a coffee on a sunny day but be warned that there are only a few tables out there so you're more likely to be inside. Sadly service isn't totally up to scratch with them taking a little too long to notice when you need a menu, not realising when you're ready to order, trying to clear when you haven't actually finished etc. At £15 a head it didn't make a dent in the wallet big enough for me to resent it, but given that the food wasn't that enjoyable it wasn't really good value for money. If you lived near Abbeville Road I dare say you'd be happy enough to come here occasionally but this really is just an average neighbourhood cafe and I wouldn't make the journey specially for it, unlike Trinity which is a destination restaurant in its own right. I like the British bistro idea so maybe with slightly better execution they could tempt me back.