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79 Sherwood Court, Chatfield Road
It’s quite impressive that this French outfit has managed to shoehorn a Parisian brasserie, complete with olde-worlde atmosphere, into one of the grand, soulless riverside developments. The sofas are ‘ideal for lazy weekend breakfasts’, while the more formal restaurant up the stairs serves hunger-quenching dishes in beaten-up Le Creuset cookware. Nibble on good bread & rillettes before moving on to moules marinière or snails in butter. Follow with good steaks accompanied by predictable sauces, or French-style roast chicken, washed down with a pichet of red (or something rather finer from the decent list), & you’ll have a great time. You should stick to the meat main courses, mind – though there’s fish on the menu, it’s frankly not a strong point, & vegetarians hardly get a look in.
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79 Sherwood Court, Chatfield Road
020 8223 0999
Clapham Junction Station 638m
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Food + drink: 4
Gazette was recommended to us by a friend. It is a little secluded on a side turning from the Thames path and away from the main roads so not a restuarant that you are likely to stumble upon. However, it is well worth the effort.
The restaurant manages to convey a real sense of French atmosphere and feels cozy and inviting. The staff have always been very friendly and welcoming. I particularly like the decor, which makes use of random bits of old equipment such as brick ovens – it may sound odd but the effect works and is charming. The blackboard tables (with chalk provided) are a particularly nice touch which my 9 year old son loves.
Food comprises solid french classics with a few little twists. Portions are generally hearty and delicious. Particular favourites are the terrine platters, the dauphinois potatoes and the praline souffle.
Wine list has a lot of variety, mostly french of course, and also offers wine by the carafe.
The restaurant also runs themes (such as Bastille week, asparagus season, chocolate) which change regularly and offers a specials menu matching the theme.
This place could be all things to all people: a great place for casual lunch, a perfect intimate dinner a deux, a group gathering, a drink alone at the bar (be it a coffee or a cocktail). I've been here twice in the last 48 hours, which is probably recommendation in itself enough.
My first visit was Saturday lunchtime and I came in with The Dog on my riverside walk. The squashy sofas in the corner are the perfect place to relax with a glass of pinot and the papers which are strewn around. I felt entirely welcome despite being alone and a friendly waiter improvised, unasked for, a tupperware of water for the mutt. We battled through the rain for the second visit, a coupley dinner (sans canine companion), on Sunday night. We pigged out on a plate of four-way-cooked piglet which was the plat du jour and got slightly tipsy on a delicious after dinner drink called the Toblerone.
The Entente Cordiale is alive and well here and you get the impression everyone is welcome, babies and dogs and probably even mothers-in-law. It's all traditional French fare here, with coq au vin and croques monsieurs the order of the day. The wine list is comprehensive with something to please everyone (provided you like French wine!) with wine up to £150ish but lots in the £20-40 range. It's not the cheapest place (my lunch was £25, our dinner £50 a head) but you feel you've eaten well. For those who complain about it's location: approach it from the river, you'll get a beautiful view and work off some of the calories you are about to consume!
Food + drink: 5
I went to Gazette with my (9 months pregnant) wife last Friday night. I'm a member of the Gourmet Society, and according to their website, you can get 2 meals for the price of one. There were conditions, to use the card on Fridays you need to book on the day, and mention that you'll be using the card. I did all of these things, and the man I booked with said it was fine. All good. However, when we went to Gazette and ordered our meal the waiter looked a bit blank at us, and went to find the Manager. When I showed the Gourmet Card to the Manager, it was met with a Gallic shrug and a 'we don't do that'. He then turned on his heels and walked off, and we never saw him again. We were made to pay full price for our meal.
I am very disappointed with the way we were treated in Gazette. It's a shame, as we've recently moved to a house about 10 minutes walk from Gazette, and we would definitely have gone again, and would have recommended it to our friends as the food was really good.
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