An excellent wine bar, particularly if your interest is in reaching beyond the generic French grape staples. The business is divided into two floors - a ground floor wine bar, full of posters & offering lighter dishes; and a basement for more serious dining.
They also offer a short seasonal menu of traditional regional dishes, cooked in a rustic style.
These are offered as 'Small Plates' and more substantial 'Plat du Jour' in the ground floor section. But dishes such as 'Pea & Sorrel Soup'; 'Champignons à la Greque'; 'Piperade Basquaise' and 'Duck Rillettes' set the style for the former.
'Braised Rabbit Shoulder with Tomatoes, Olives & Soft Polenta'; 'Roast Landaise Chicken with Chopped Livers on Toast, Artichokes, Wild Garlic Leaves & Roast Potatoes'; 'Boudin Noir, Fried Eggs, Broad Beans & Mousserons' and 'Gilt Head Bream with Heritage Tomatoes & Fennel with Cream' the latter.
A short list of desserts offers the like of 'Bitter Chocolate Pot' and 'Crème Caramel'.
The relaxed, friendly, service can become stretched to the point of cracking.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-15.00; mains about £12 to £22; 'Small Plates' about £8 to £10
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 17.45-22.30; mains about £12 to £22; 'Small Plates' about £8 to £10
- Seats: 70
- Wine: a well-chosen list (with modest mark-ups), has its roots firmly in France, concentrating on small growers
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Charing Cross Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: Sun & some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned