Set in parade of shops, not far from Surbiton station (in what estate agents call 'Surbiton Village', this is a good French provincial restaurant in a rather bereft area, but is deservedly given an entry here. The interior décor is bold, with a black-tiled floor, red banquettes and crisp white napery. Well-placed mirrors give the dining room a feeling of space.
The evening carte changes every six weeks, while the lunch version weekly. Chef/proprietor Eric Guignard offers the likes of 'Mushroom Cannelloni'; 'Terrine of Foie Gras with Smoked Duck Magret, Apple and Monbazillac Jelly and Quince Chutney' or 'Deep-fried Skate with Sauce Gribiche' to begin.
Maybe 'Milk-fed Lamb from the Pyrenees'; 'Calf's Liver with Sweet Potato, crispy Wild Mushroom Ravioli and Black Peppercorn Sauce'; 'Pyrenean Rack of Lamb with Asparagus, Roast Shallots and Crispy Spaghetti' or 'Pan-fried Beef Skirt with New Potato with Raclette and Serrano Ham' to follow.
Desserts range from 'Ginger Bread and Butter Pudding with a Roasted Pear' to 'Coconut Mousse with Coconut Crumble and Pineapple. Excellent French cheeses come from La Fromagerie. Booking is advisable.
Service is both friendly and professional. No mobile phones.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30; set L Tues to Fri from £20 (2 courses) to £25; mains about £20 to £29; Tasting Menu £28
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 19.00-22.30; mains about £20 to £29; set D from £28 (2 courses); Tasting Menu £48
- Seats: 55
- Wine: the wine list favours the French regions, and has modest mark-ups for a restaurant of this standard
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Surbiton Rail
- Directions: 5 minutes walk from Surbiton station. See the map on this page.
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, 25th-27th Dec
- Air conditioned