London recs needed for French/French Bistro HELP!
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)
Brasserie Trouvaille in Islington
La Poule au Pot
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.
re: An American Living in London
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.
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
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.