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|Address:||316 St John Street, London EC1V 4NT|
|Tel:||020 3463 0108|
|Price: £37.00||Wine: £16.50||Champagne: £42.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 11am-10pm ( -11pm) Sun 11am-8pm|
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We chose Miz en Bouche for its proximity to Sadler's Wells and because it had an offer of 3 courses with a glass of wine for £18. In the end though, we went with the a la carte menu since the set menu on offer was somewhat uninspiring. The starters seemed dull and the main courses were a little basic between a choice of chicken, fish or a risotto and they just didn't appeal.
However, the a la carte menu turned out to be pretty varied and not particularly expensive. My mum had the warm goat's cheese salad and she really loved the dressing they added. It was a nice sized portion and they didn't skimp on the goat's cheese. I had the snails bourguignon which came in their actual shells and were cooked with a good nice mix of oil and garlic. Often restaurants in the UK tend to drown them in oil so it was pretty impressive that this little bistro managed to make them so well.
I was less impressed by the cassoulet. The combination of Toulouse sausages, duck confit and white beans just all blended together for me and were a little tasteless. A few more spices or some differing vegetables might have really improved the dish. However, there was no doubt that this is definitely one for the meat lover as there was plenty of meat there.
My mum's cod looked great and for the first time in ages, I really wish I'd chosen the fish.
Thank goodness we decided to share the creme brulee since it was substantial but very well made and we finished it all.
The service was efficient but not intrusive and we were out in plenty of time for the theatre. The restaurant is a little small and the table did feel slightly tight but they gave us a lovely welcome and the food was good value. If they could just improve their set menu a little, then this is a restaurant I would most certainly recommend to anyone who wants a reasonably priced French meal in North London.