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63-67 Venn Street
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.
63-67 Venn Street
020 7627 0222
Clapham Common Tube Station 205m
Clapham High Street Station 460m
Clapham Picture House 33m
Clapham Common 345m
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Food + drink: 2
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 insistence it emerged the order had never been placed. So I asked for the bill.
There was no apology, no thank you for coming, no goodbye, no hint of wrongdoing on their part. So we went next door to Rapscallion and had wonderful service and a great meal.
Food + drink: 3
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 side order, all of which I found to be delicious – some people might find the cut of beef (bavette is also known as flank steak) too tough but I really rather like it. The frites were superb.
Couple of downsides unfortunately. Waiter, whilst very lovely and helpful on most fronts was totally ignorant of the wine list and couldn't offer any suggestions – he hadn't tried any on the list! Also, for some reason the restaurant was incredibly warm last Saturday. I was fortunately not dressed up too warmly but my friend was wilting visibly before my eyes. In the end we finished the last of our wine at the front of the restaurant near the exit so we could get some air.
Despite really enjoying the food I've not rated it very highly, purely because this really isn't a fine dining restaurant – just good French fare in cozy relaxed surroundings. I shall be returning…naturellement.
Food + drink: 0
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 themselves. This place is a MUST miss. Don't waste your money.
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