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“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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La Cage Imaginaire

16 Flask Walk, Hampstead ,London NW3 1HE

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by   platinum reviewer (82)

May 2012

We last went here over 10 years ago and it doesn't seem to have changed a great deal, though I half- remember it used to be more formal. Also I haven't noticed it on restaurant web sites so we didn't know it was still going. That put us off a bit I guess but when it popped up on a Square Meal search we thought we'd give it another try. Now we found very enjoyable bistro type cooking with good flavours, and a decent bottle of wine from a modest list. We concentrated on fish and were very happy with...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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