Find this modest looking restaurant, formerly McClements, set in a parade of shops. But upon entering you'll find a civilised dining room, with bare-topped wooden tables an unpretentious atmposphere, and a relaxing feel. Locals have long learnt in no way to judge these premises by their exterior.
John McClements has returned to the stoves here, having been cooking at his nearby Ma Cuisine for the last few years; and his style has returned to French bourgeois. Most towns in that country, wouldn't possess a restaurant of this standard (although of course they'd all think they did).
Expect to find the likes of 'Terrine de Lapin et Jambon en gelée'; Fish Soup' or 'Parmentier de Pied de Cochon' (with sauce Gribiche) among the starters.
Maybe 'Fillet of Brill with Cockles' or 'Pyrenian Lamb cooked three ways with a Wild Mushroom and Black Olive Sauce' among the mains. 'Risky' items, such as pig's head appear on occasions - but this is brave cooking - executed to a very high standard , some dishes being based on those created by Fernand Point at La Pyramide in the middle of the last century.
Desserts - such as various tarts don't disappoint; while their cheeses are hard to resist.
As well as various set menus, they offer a 'Menu Degustation' (Tasting Menu) for
- Food Style: Brasserie
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 18.30-22.30; mains about £14 to £25
- Seats: 45
- Wine: L all week, all Sun & Mon, 1st Jan; enquire about Christmas openings
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Twickenham
- Directions: See the map on this page (near the railway station)
- Closed: all Sun, 1st Jan; enquire about Christmas openings
- Air conditioned