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|Address:||5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW|
|Tel:||020 7036 0660|
|Price: £41.00||Wine: £17.00||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm|
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
A very French bistro feel, from the excellent charcuterie to the surly waitresses.
The food is very modish, with small tasting plates rather than a starter followed by main course feel. The potted shrimp were lovely, even if chef might have been a little heavy-handed with the cayenne, garlic snails were plump and garlicky , smoked eel some of the best I've had, served on a bed of crispy celeriac, and the bavette was gorgeous. This last dish was a gorgeous piece of meat, properly seared on the putside, and properly red in the middle, served in its own pan, with some sauted spuds.
The wine list too is long and well thought through, with every region of France represented, as well as some overseas (and even some new world) intelopers. Prices too are keen – we had a lovely Larmandier Bernier for fifteen notes cheaper than I'd had the same wine at Boundary a few days before.
Not everything was a hit: the duck scratchings were too greasy, but that is a minor complaint when stacked next to the service. OK, it was a little crowded, but that's what the restaurant should want and is no excuse for rude, unhelpful service by waitresses who clearly wished that we'd bugger off and let them smoke and be surly in a sterotypically French way. So we did. Shame, good food is too often ruined by this sort of thing.