SquareMeal Review of
La Cage Imaginaire
“A lovely quaint restaurant with an amazing interior”, this bijou French enclave (with doors opening onto cobbled Flask Walk) has been serving Hampstead quietly for a good long time, matching a rather sedate neighbourhood atmosphere, decorative mirrors and close-packed tables with eager, charming service and a menu of resolutely bourgeois bistro cooking. In the evening, you might kick off with a warm salad of honeyed figs, beetroot and crispy goats’ cheese or a creamy casserole of snails with mushrooms, flageolet beans, carrots and parsley, before sampling coq au vin, pistachio-crusted rack of lamb or basil-infused sea bass fillet partnered by sweet potato. For dessert, consider white chocolate truffle cake or crème brûlée with seasonal fruit. Lunch is a simpler – and cheaper – affair (grilled Toulouse sausages with bean ragoût, for example), and the “delicious” wine list does its job.
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