SquareMeal Review of
“Consistently fabulously French!” exclaimed a fan of this “lovely independent bistro”, set up by Franck Raymond (one-time head chef at Covent Garden’s Mon Plaisir). Named after the chef’s grandmother, this venture is “recommended by all the locals”, mainly because it deals in honest, unshowy Gallic cooking – at prices suited to the neighbourhood location. “Smart but not stuffy interiors” (white tablecloths, high-backed chairs and specials boards) set the scene for patriotic wines and a refined bourgeois menu served by attentive staff. Readers speak highly of the juicy king prawns and basil en papillote, the pike mousse with lobster sauce and the grilled entrecôte with tarragon butter and “proper” French fries – gutsy French flavours elevated by touches of finesse. For afters, choose between the rum-soaked diplomat pudding and the “suitably rich” chocolate and pistachio mousse. An instant local gem.