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London recs needed for French/French Bistro HELP!

Grady May 1, 2006 02:41 PM

Need something for Monday/Tuesday this week for a bunch of co-workers from the States, great food, nothing hoity-toity. Thanks!

A quick google brings up these possibilities, any comments?

L'Escargot (hoity toity I know)
La Trouvaille
Brasserie Trouvaille in Islington
La Poule au Pot

  1. howler Sep 1, 2006 05:01 PM

    i find la poule a pot completely uninspiring.

    but in a lovely part of chelsea, about a 10 minute walk from la poule a pot, is cheyne brasserie. several leagues better and the best cote de boeuf in london.

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      ravelda Aug 31, 2006 01:52 PM

      Le Vacherin in Chiswick is also well worth a visit if not too far out of the way for you. It is right by Chiswick park tube station and serves high quality traditional French Bistro food in a charming room that will leave you feeling that you are actually in Paris. Galvins is also well worth a visit, as is La Poule au Pot

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        An American Living in London Aug 24, 2006 05:18 PM

        Best Brasserie in London is Galvin Bros. on Baker Street in Marylebone. Will need reservations but easily the best value I have found in London. Not inexpensive but wonderful food!!!

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        1. re: An American Living in London
          SpikeyD Sep 1, 2006 05:52 PM

          Certainly the best French "brasserie" style restaurant I've eaten in in London for a long time... Not cheap but really good value. And certainly not hoity toity. Book early if the menu takes your fancy.

          Otherwise, Islington's got the Almeida and Knightsbridge has Racine - both v. good.

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          Candy May 1, 2006 07:05 PM

          We like La Bouchee, a tiny hole in the wall bistro, Racine and Brasserie St. Quentin all very close to the S. Ken tube station. Everything has been great in all 3 places.

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          1. re: Candy
            JSFMACLJR Aug 23, 2006 11:44 PM

            My wife and I were in London in February (2006) and ate at La Bouchee TWICE! We absolutely loved it. I had a fabulous pork shank with puy lentils. It was a very busy spot on our first visit, a Friday night. We did not have a reservation and therefore had to wait at the "atmospheric" bar in the basement, which was delightful.


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            Simon Majumdar May 1, 2006 03:17 PM

            Try Comptoir Gascon in Smithfield

            I have been quite a few times now and have never had a bad meal

            Here is a post on a recent meal at the bar from my blog

            hope this helps


            Link: http://majbros.blogspot.com/2006/03/c...

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