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Food & Drink: 3.0
The décor and the menu tell you right away that this is a full-on bistro, serving food that's now hard to find in London and less common than it used to be in Paris. The Sacre Coeur offers precisely the sort of food you'd expect from its appearance- rustic and traditional, no pretentions to fanciness or "gourmet" and it does it decently. Its a huge menu for a small place, which indicates that some of the cooking is almost certainly done well before it's ordered, and frankly I don't know that they would serve up a large portion of coq au vin in 20 minutes complete with chunky lardons without doing that.
The a la carte menu is large and pretty comprehensive. That and the wine list won't break the bank. Also they serve a two course lunch in the week for £8.95, including bistro staples such as whitebait , snails, moules frites, croques monsieur. Many cafes struggle to get a decent cooked breakfast out for that, and last week I paid £5.50 for a bacon sandwich on the coast. Just context. The place wasn't busy when we turned up, so not a real test of service- but it was friendly, efficient and brisk, just as you'd hope for. And it was French. Decent coffee too, though they've taken up the modern terminologies (espresso, Americano etc) rather than the simple traditional "café" which falls between the two.
We have a vast number of restaurants in London- and a huge variety of places to eat. But it hasn't all been upside. Many restaurants like Sacre Coeur have been pushed aside by a range of different concepts from Nando's to barbecued& pulled via Pizza Hut, all competing for the casual meal out budget. There's a parallel with the fate of Diners in the USA. I wish more like Sacre Coeur had survived and I wish them well.
Food & Drink: 5.0
From start to finsih it was a lovely evening, delicious foods. Very good service!
Food & Drink: 1.0
It's sometime since I last visited this restaurant – as before – good atmosphere and friendly serving staff BUT the quality of food has deteriorated – rather disappointing.
I highly recommend this restaurant. Been there twice. Both occasion we left very happy.
We found this restaurant while taking a walk in Angel. It is off Upper street islington. All the courses we tried were great. We tried a French wine with dinner and it was really good.
Great little restaurant in Islington clearly well liked by the locals. The food was very traditional French bistro with great service. And all very reasonably priced. Highly recommended.
One of the best restaurants in Islington and certainly on a par with any of the best restaurants in London without high end prices.
Le Sacre-Coeur is always busy in the evening, mostly with locals who know their restaurants. The service is welcoming and efficient, the prices are good and the menu delicious. I usually opt for the specials as they are ever changing and know I can rely on the food being excellent.
The atmosphere during busy periods creates the buzz of chitter chatter, while still being able to hear the person you are dining with. There's also a feeling of intimacy despite a full restaurant.
By day it's quieter and has a relaxed atmosphere and a fixed price menu option. If you are going to see a play at the Almeida Theartre, Le Sacre-Coeur offer a discount off your meal. When on one occasion the waiter forgot to provide a discount, a rather out of breath manger caught us up outside the Almeida to provide the discount. Out standing service and top class cuisine.
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