Gastro

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A little patch of France on Clapham Common, Gastro might seem like a pastiche of a Monsieur Hulot film. Staff have wonderful Gallic accents (although some let this slip when they think you’re not listening), dim lighting disguises the shabby tables & worn paintwork, & Pastis sits on the bar. It’s all highly atmospheric – until you eat. Recent outings here have been enormously disappointing: unpleasant onion soup, stale chips, steak that had been charred rather than grilled. Without the dismal food, you might miss the fact that the house wine seems almost undrinkable, that the prices are pretty high & that the staff can on occasion be extraordinarily rude: in an essentially French way, naturellement.

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Gastro

63-67 Venn Street ,London SW4 0BD

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If "authentically French" means downright rude, then yes it is.

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Aug 2013

We tried this restaurant after a matinée film during the week, so it wasn't busy. At first staff were fine, nothing exceptional – as to be expected in London – and we placed drinks and food orders. After 40 minutes I realised how hungry I was and enquired if our food was nearly ready (complex dishes of fries and a rare steak). The waiter with dreadlocks looked at me in disgust that I dared bother him, then spat the word “food” back at me as if I was crazy to think such a thing existed there. On...

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Simone H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 2

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Gastro

63-67 Venn Street ,London SW4 0BD

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by   bronze reviewer (8)

Nov 2011

Love this restaurant – just so very very French! Reserved a table post cinema (it's right opposite the Clapham Picturehouse) last Saturday for dinner which was a good move as the place was packed. My friend and I got to sit at the back on the large country kictchen style table which we shared with a number of strangers – including some Frenchies. All good fun and wonderfully informal. It's all about just enjoying the food and atmosphere here. Ordered the bavette steak with frites and had a spinach...

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Tanya B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Gastro

63-67 Venn Street ,London SW4 0BD

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by   (1)

Sep 2010

This restaurant was one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to. Please do not go to this restaurant. The food is absolutely horrendous. We ordered Moules Frites (something you would think you can't really get wrong…) the mussels were old, grainy and generally disgusting. The fries were soggy and undercooked. We had 2 glasses of wine, both were of a very poor quality and served in a water glass. The waitstaff were very rude to the point of just generally ignoring us, whilst they flirted among...

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Sarah B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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Gastro

63-67 Venn Street ,London SW4 0BD

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by   (1)

Jan 2010

The Gastro which I can only presume is popular because it is opposite the Clapham Picture House, and provides a ‘chinzy’ atmosphere, provided me on January 5th 2010 with one of the worst plates of food I've eaten. The red wine I received was very nice, if somewhat expensive, but the CrabCake and Salad was bad. Firstly, I found a long hair in the cake, but like an idiot did'nt keep it to show the staff. It is so dark in the restaurant that it was hard to see the hair except for the food attached to...

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Dee M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 1

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63-67 Venn Street ,London SW4 0BD

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May 2009

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A restaurant that loves itself. And loves fleecing customers. This determinedly old-style French bistro believes it is far better than it is. Its attitude to customers seem to be that they should be grateful for being allowed to step through its doors to be treated like merde by the arrogant staff. The food is pretty run-of-the mill fare, pushed out at high prices. Plus, you should be prepared for a long wait to get it, particularly on busy nights, when the kitchen seems unable to cope. On our last...

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 2

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63-67 Venn Street ,London SW4 0BD

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Apr 2009

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Arrived at 8pm , got our second ( very mediocre course) at 10pm.5 people £220 not including service.I recently flew BA to Milan, stayed two nights in a good hotel and saw a game at the San Siro for only a bit more. Enough said.

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 3

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Essential Details for Gastro

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Clapham
  • Price: £41.00
  • Wine: £16.40
  • Champagne: £38.95
  • Lunch: £9.95 (2 courses)
  • Private Dining: 14,18

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