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|Address:||2 Bellevue Road, London SW17 7EG|
|Tel:||020 3544 6048|
|Price: £54.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £49.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun -3pm) Mon-Sun 6.30-10pm (Sun -9.30pm )|
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I have been to Chez Bruce three or four times and it's always a stunning culinary experience. Probably my favourite restaurant in London. The building itself is small and cosy but the atmosphere is one of merriment and people indulging in the best a kitchen can offer. The staff are always friendly and very helpful; they take your coat, seat you where you want (subject to reservations), and the manager, sommelier and waiting staff are very helpful in aiding you to choose a complementary wine or walking you through the more ornate descriptions of the dishes on the menu.
Oh but what dishes they are! Frequently, whilst glugging away at a nice St. Estephe with a mouthful of guinea-fowl, I wish that someone would reach across the table and stab me to death with my own cutlery, just so I am spared the disappointment of the rest of my life after the meal is over. But then I remember I can always come back another day and my desire to live once again burns bright.
Particular highlights from recent visits are the fois gras, which is generous and absolutely sublime. It comes with two brioches and if you require more then it is never a problem, and a warm tertiary slice will soon be in your hand. Similarly, the ox heart is simply the most succulent and melting portion of meat one could ever imagine.
I've only ever had one complaint with the food at Chez Bruce, and that was an offensive dollop of vimto-like raspberry ice-cream. The fact it was adorning the most delicious slice of cheesecake I have ever tasted (and I am a big cheesecake supporter) did assuage my pain somewhat. The last time I went there, maybe a fortnight ago, I had lemon mascarpone and limoncello gateau and blackcurrant sorbet and it was probably the most perfectly balanced dessert I have ever had. The sensation of it is one of refreshing the palate and then smacking it with delightful zesty flavours, each forkful is a pleasure.
So basically, just pick anything of the menu – it'll be fantastic. Similarly, the wine list is equally superb.
At £45 for three courses it really is an absolute bargain. This is a little treasure of a restaurant.