Find this excellent bistro/bistrot in the heart of Kew Village. It offers traditional dishes from the French regions; food options ranging from breakfast through light and more serious lunches to full-blown (one can only say ‘gourmet’) bistro fare. So, Croque Monsieur & Fries to Shin of Beef Braised in Red Wine.
The evening brings starters such as ‘Burgundy Snails and Frogs Legs en Croute, cooked with Pernod’; ‘Soupe à lOignon Francaise’; ‘Oysters with a Red Wine Dressing’;‘Risotto with Butternut Squash and Parmesan Shavings’ and ‘Boudin Noir en Croûte’ (black pudding baked in pastry with mustard sauce)’.
Perhaps to be followed by ‘Pan-Fried Monkfish Wrapped in Iberico Ham, with King Prawns, Stuffed Mussels & Light Curry Sauce’; ‘Cassoulet – Confit Duck, Toulouse Sausage, Morteau Sausage and Beans’; ‘Rump of Lamb with Aubergine Caviar, Blackcurrant & Thyme Port Reduction’ or ‘Char-Grilled, Boned, Quail with Rosemary, Garlic and Sauté Potatoes’.
Desserts maintain the bistro style, but are none the worse for that – with perhaps ‘Home-Made Prune and Armagnac Ice Cream’; ‘Tarte Tatin’ and ‘Pot of Chocolate Saint Emilion’ on offer; plus a selection of French farmhouse cheeses for the more savoury-toothed.
Friendly and efficient service completes the picture.
Web site: www.macuisinebistrot.co.uk
Lunch: Mon-Sun 10.00-23.00; mains about £14 to £17; set L £15.50 (2 courses), £17.95 (3 courses)
Dinner: Mon-Sun 18.30-22.30; mains £15 to £24
Closed: check opening times for religious holidays
Seats: 60, plus 20 outside
Wine: a good value, all French, list kicks off at around the £20 mark
Children’s Helpings: Yes, when possible
Nearest train station: Kew Gardens Underground
Parking: Street parking
Outside eating: Yes
Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
Directions: See the map on this page.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Mon-Sun 10.00-23.00; mains about £14 to £17; set L £15.50 (2 courses), £17.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sun 18.30-22.30; mains £15 to £24
- Seats: 60, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a good value, all French, list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Kew Gardens Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: check opening times for religious holidays
- Outside eating