Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Casse-Croûte

Silver Award

If you go looking for an ‘authentic’ bistro in Paris, you may be disappointed; checked tablecloths, Edith Piaf and verbal menus that sound like an Inspector Clouseau sketch have gone the way of confidence in the Euro. But come to Bermondsey and you can step into a corner of France that is forever Amélie. The blackboard menu (just three choices per course) is in French; the chairs are bentwood; the floor is chequer-tiled, and the kitchen generally makes a good fist of things when it comes to delivering true bourgeois flavours. Follow our lead and get stuck into a plate of charcuterie before dipping into the menu itself – perhaps mackerel in white wine or saucisson en brioche with Madeira sauce ahead of salmon coulibiac with beurre blanc or pork shoulder with lentils, plus a dessert such as raspberry soufflé or plum tart. There’s a brief all-French wine list too, and service is certainly friendlier than the Paris norm.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cosy, Fun, Lively, Traditional
Dates, Romantic

Location for Casse-Croûte

109 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3XB

020 7407 2140


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 9am-10pm (Sun -5pm)

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12 Reviews 

Tereza K

06 August 2019  
Probably my favourite restaurant in London - a nice small relaxed restaurant with amazing food - the menu is only 3 starters 3 mains and 3 deserts and changes almost everyday so you will never get bored - always fresh and seasonal! Lovely and knowledgeable staff.

Avril G

06 August 2019  
Small French restaurant with a very romantic setting. Always a nice selection of food and beautiful restaurant and friendly staff. A hidden gem.

Megan J

02 July 2019  
The most French restaurant you'll fine in London. A tiny little space on Bermondsey Street, beautiful food and all French team, and the menu changes every day!

Clare W

28 June 2019  
The perfect Paris restaurant you never found in Paris.

Aoife D

09 April 2019  
Fabulous french food in authentic French brasserie style venue.

Tim B

21 March 2018  
I love this restaurant, food excellent, service superb, and location is between two bridges.

Ellie G

20 June 2017  
Very authentic french menu. Great atmosphere, as if you could be in a small brasserie in Paris. Helpful staff and an ever-changing menu to keep it nice and fresh. Only downside is that some of the dishes were a little rich but this is just personal preference.

Sandra A

05 May 2017  
Food excellent, service - the best - best french food in London, just like eating in Mon Martre, small, intimate restaurant. Good value.

Jennifer H

04 May 2017  
The food is absolutely out of this world, the flavours come together to just melt in your mouth. The French cuisine and staff just make the atmosphere electric. They cannot do enough for you. Great area, fabulous food and wonderful customer service! What more could a girl want!

David H

Fell below expectations
27 August 2016  
In summary its the sort of food you'd get for the fixed price lunch at many value-end Parisian bistros, for about half the price. Its a very small restaurant, not without charm but you're very close to your neighbours which might not make it the best choice for a hot day. You get a limited choice- 3 each starters , mains and desserts. the menu changes every day so you won't know till you walk through the door what today will bring. Service is pleasant enough without there seeming time to be positively friendly, but we felt a little slow between courses. Having read a few reviews we did expect the food to be better. The courses were appropriately sized and certainly nothing was inedible. But nothing of the five different courses we chose today was particularly well flavoured , and its pretty basic stuff . The joue de boeuf we both had was pleasantly soft and gentle but had little flavour , and that typified the meal- decent textures, poorly flavoured. Also, my wife points out that for a restaurant that changes all its dishes every day it might not be too much to expect the menu to reflect the climate. Even if our food had been tastier it would still have been a winter menu served up on a warm August day. The bill for 3 courses , a bottle of a decent red from the lower end of the list , one coffee and service came to £100. Now that's not a fortune but we did feel that it was expensive for the quality of food we ate and the environment in which we ate it. Given a choice between this and paying maybe £10-£20 (at most) more at say the Boudin Blanc in Shepherd Market, we'd take the latter every time for better choice, a much more comfortable environment, and more flavoursome yet still bistro style food. Can't see us rushing back I'm afraid. And doesn't this area miss Zucca!
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