An excellent bistro (with useful Food Section), under the same ownership as the nearby (and more ambitious) Club Gascon (q.v). Expert bare-brick walls, plain wooden tables, dark-wooden floorboards and a 'real' French feel.
Robust traditionally South-West dishes are the name of the game on the main menu - Duck Fat being the cooking medium - even for the chips. But there are a few dishes for vegetarians, such as ''Omelette with Piperade Basquaise' and 'Vegetable Tarte Fine'
So the enthusiast can work their way through the likes of Foie Gras (sometimes stuffed into pears); plates of top-class 'Charcuterie'; ' and 'Salad Landaise' (complete with goose gizzards)
Maybe follow with 'Duck Confit'; 'Cassoulet Toulousain'; 'Veal Cannelloni with Aubergine'; 'Squid Baquaise' or Roast Sturgeon with Salisify & Black Vinaigrette'.
Desserts aren't their strongest suit, but relax with home-made Ice Cream, perhaps a Crumble or their excellent French regional cheeses.
Breakfast brings excellent pastries - especially the Croissant.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Tues-Sat Breakfast 9.00-11.00 (Brunch Saturday 10.30-14.30); Lunch 12.00-14.00; mains about £10-£15; set L £15 (2 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-22.00 (Thurs & Fri 23.00); mains about £10-£15
- Seats: 55, plus 8 outside
- Wine: A concise list of offerings from South West France, kick off at about £19
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Farringdon or Barbican Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: all Sun & Mon; Bank Holidays; about 10 days at Christmas
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating