Just across the road from Smithfield Market, in what was in past times a Lyons Tea House, is this excellent restaurant specialising in dishes from South-West France - and is hard to beat in that respect - although many dishes have a modern twist (it's under the same ownership as Le Cercle (q.v's). The dining room is dimly lit, but has mirror panels and enormous floral displays.
Offerings include the likes of 'Lamb with Goats' Cheese Ravioli in a Black Olive and Anchovy Jus'; 'Pressed Duck Foie Gras with Crab claws and Pipérade'; 'Veal Sweetbreads with Bergamot and Artichokes'; Fricassée of Turbot with Parsley Pulp'; 'Baby Squid with Fried Herbs'; 'Braised Capon with Chestnuts and Black Truffle' or 'Grilled Confit of Salmon on Frothy Cauliflower cream'.
A few desserts such as 'Basque Liqueur Izarra Parfait with Strawberries' and 'Chocolate Mousse on a Biscuit Base with Coffee Ice Cream' might finish the occasion.
A downstairs cellar wine bar offers lighter dishes, plus one-course, no-choice, set lunch for a very reasonable
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.00; Set L £32.50 (2 courses), £39.50 (3 courses); (plus Cellar option – see above); mains about £14 to £27; Le Marche Menu £80 (6 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-22.00 (Fri & Sat 22.30); Set D £60; mains about £14 to £27; Le Marche Menu £80 (6 courses)
- Seats: 40
- Wine: A wine list specialising in South-West France, has a few bottles in the early £20's, and good selection by the glass.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, also lavatory
- Nearest station: Barbican or Farringdon Underground & BR
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: NCP opposite restaurant
- Closed: Sat L, All Sun, Bank Holidays, 24th Dec 3rd Jan
- Air conditioned