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|Address:||109 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB|
|Tel:||020 7407 2140|
|Price: £28.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £39.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 9am-10pm (Sun -5pm)|
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Todays Gallic experience is in the middle of gourmet Bermondsey st. Escape grey, wintry London into a cosy bustling French bistro, Casse Croute. Enter this little gem, tardis fashion and be transported to the Marais district in Paris. There is a real feeling of authenticity here with frou frou curtains in dusty windows, red gingham table clothes, black and white floors, walls plastered with French imagery and a genuine bonhomie. This place was rammed on a thursday evening at 7pm and bijou was a slight understatement. Bookings are essential. The staff are wonderfully jovial and waitresses have that Parisian nonchalance and glamour. The menu comprises of a blackboard of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts with lots of French favourites. Pumpkin soup came steaming in a white little urn bursting with deep pumpkin flavour. We then had a glorious bowl of coq au vin, rich, meaty with crispy porky chardons and a dollop of buttery heavenly mash. That was a bowl to be licked clean. Other classic dishes include mussels, steak tartare, pate au foie, ratatouille. Prices are very reasonable for good rustic food of this quality and quantity. There is only one loo and you have to queue in the middle of the restaurant which mildly perturbed me. This restaurant is already a success for locals and foodies alike and I am expecting a 2nd hopefully bigger branch preferably with another loo. Casse Croute is a charming addition to London's French cuisine and has a sincerity that Balthazar lacks. Go devour coq au vin now.