Find this good traditional bistro, set over two floor, close to the Assembly Rooms. During the evening, in particular, the candlelit dining rooms make a romantic setting.
It's refreshing to find traditional French food cooked well, generally in the style developed over the centuries although a few indulgencies (such as crayfish in the brandade) sneak in.
The short menu might include 'Mesclun' (wild green salad with croûtons & Parmesan Crisps and Balsamic Dressing'; 'Petits Ravioles à la Viande' (homemade ravioli stuffed with beef & mushroom stew with red wine & sage jus) and 'Brandade de Morue' (salted cod & crayfish cassolette with potato purée & black olives with aioli) among the starters.
'Filet de Boeuf, with Cep, Pea & Bacon Ragoût, Fries and Red Wine & Shallot Jus'; 'Tian D'Abergines' (baked aubergines with cheese & tomato compote, mixed leaf salad & basil oil); 'Cassolette de Lapin Moutarde' (fricassé of rabbit in a creamy mustard sauce with tomato & tarragon potato gnocchi) and 'Carré D'Agneau' (mini rack of lamb with a herb crust, gratin Dauphinoise & thyme jus) listed among the mains.
Traditional desserts might include 'Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Tarte au Chocolate with Cream & Red Fruit Coulis' and 'Crème Brulée Flavoured with Star Anise).
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30; set L £13.50 (2 courses), £17.00 (3 courses); mains £10.50 to £15.50
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.00-22.30; set D £10.50 (2 courses), £15.50 (3 courses); mains £12.50 to £24.00
- Seats: 50, plus 12 outside
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at about £13
- Wheelchair access: Restaurant on 2 floors - enquire
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, 25th & 26th Dec, 1 week Jan, 1 week Aug.