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Bleeding Heart Yard
0207 2422 2056
Quirky and colourful, this classically styled French bistro could almost be a set from the hit movie Amélie. Inside, vintage posters line the ochre walls, table settings show off the tricolore palette and there are wine bottles everywhere; the outside area is a delight in summer, when lobster and rosé are the top shouts at tables on the cobbles. The offer may be a little corny but it "always delivers". Of course, the food is straight out of the bourgeois French repertoire, so expect the likes of moules marinière or asparagus with hollandaise sauce ahead of omelette aux fines herbes, lapin à la moutarde or salade niçoise. Retro also rules when it comes to desserts such as petit pot au chocolat with whipped cream. Wine lovers can take advantage of the full cellars at the Bleeding Heart restaurant across the way. "Top service" too.
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Bleeding Heart Yard
0207 2422 2056
Farringdon Station 141m
Farringdon Tube Station 141m
Worshipful Company of Haberdashers 377m
Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-10.30pm (Sat 11am-)
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Food + drink: 4
One of our guests happen to be Vegan, we called the Bleeding heart and they advised it wasn't a problem, Upon arrival the guest didn't fancy the options on the menu, we started to think this was a disaster and would have to leave, but the waitress went and spoke to the chef who came up with additional items our guest could eat.
The chef made up some vegan friendly food for the guest which he loved, in fact had the rest of the guests feeling jealous with the deciously looking vegan friendly fresh made food.
The chef managed to save the day with his quick thinking!
Everyone enjoyed the food all in all a nice restaurant.
Food + drink: 3
We had an appointment round the corner and I remembered liking this place a few years ago, so thought it would work for dinner. The location is nice in an off-road courtyard, the welcome was good, the atmosphere busy even on a Wednesday evening and we were hopeful for a decent bistro dinner. Our starters were fine, nothing special. I had the prawn and avocado cocktail, served in a tall Martini glass which is a bit awkward to eat from, and which I realised didn't have any avocado in it once I'd got to the bottom, and the salmon gravadlax with beetroot was said to be quite good. Then we both had the confit duck leg with Provencal vegetables as a side. It wasn't very hot and to be honest the duck was a bit firm, rather than the melting and tender dish we were expecting. With a carafe of wine and plenty of chat we were OK and had enough to eat but overall it was a bit average.
Food + drink: 2
We needed a restaurant in this part of London yesterday at lunch , and whilst I first checked out the Bleeding Heart restaurant , I was disappointed that it doesn't open Saturday lunchtime and so the bistro was booked. The place is Ok-not luxurious, but I'd imagine it could well be atmospheric with more people in it. The service was brisk and pleasant. Decent bread, reasonable coffee. The menu has the sort of food its easy to like- food that's been around for decades.
Which brings us to the quality of that food. It was I'm afraid just downright poor. We each had two courses, a soup and a main course. The soups were unexciting , but the mains (navarin of lamb, and salmon cod fishcake) and were monumentally dull. My navarin , supposedly accompanied by roast vegetables was accompanied by nothing though to be fair there were veg in the sauce. It was however not terribly pleasant and frankly I had better stews at school dinners than this restaurant turned out yesterday. The wine we chose - 500cc of a New Zealand Pinot Noir was also dull. We were asked twice whether we enjoyed the food. I'm afraid we ducked it and just mumbled "fine" - in reality needed time to consider how to respond appropriately.
Our bill came to £75. If what we'd eaten had been tasty then fair enough , but there's no fair price for bad food .So poor value too. Go again? Not likely. Whether on a quiet Saturday lunch we got the real chef I can't say. But what I can say is that the people preparing our food yesterday were not sending out decent food and either they didn't know or didn't care. I wonder whether Bleeding Heart might think about what influence a poor meal here might have on the perceptions of its other outlets. Certainly I was far from impressed that a renowned restaurant would tolerate what we experienced yesterday under the same umbrella. As my wife said as we walked away "we'd have been better off at Pizza Express".
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