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Jul 31, 2013 01:09 PM

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

Just got back from a lovely work trip to London. Of all the food I ate, thought I'd at least share this gem of a place near Bermondsey Square (about 1/2 mile south of the Tower Bridge).

It's a very small French place at 109 Bermondsey Street (at the Corner of Bermondsey and Tanner). The menu seems to change daily and is comprised of only about 7 items total, written on the chalkboard in the center of the restaurant.

The staff and chef all seem to be French. The food was fantastic. I ordered a fresh baby green salad with pan-fried chicken hearts and a large crouton with liver pate. The vinaigrette was perfectly light and everything balanced well.

But the star was the rabbit with tarragon-mustard sauce and pureed potatoes. Without any doubt the best rabbit I've ever had. Somehow I need to figure out how to make that mustard sauce at home. I still dream about it.

For dessert I had an apricot crepe with apricot foam. Just lovely.

It's a great little neighborhood French restaurant with fantastic food. Definitely worth a try if you are in that part of London (about a 10 minute walk from London Bridge station; 2 minutes from the Bermondsey Square antique market).

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  1. Glad you discovered this place -- always great to have visiting hounds sniff out good chow! It's been a long while since we chowed with Jim. Did you have a chance to check out Pizzaro, also in the neighbourhood?

    Probably ate there the same day - I enjoyed that rabbit too. The crepe souffle with apricot was also fantastic - the crisp brittle crepe contrasting with the fluffy soufflé within.

    Other good dishes I've had include thin potato pancakes with snails, cloaked in a cream sauce, dotted with a fine brunoise of carrots, and herbs. And the rice pudding was superb: creamy and contrasting beautifully with marinated strawberries.

    Other previous favourites:

    The menu is typically 3 starters, 3 mains (with an occasional 4th special e.g. andouillette, duck) and 3 desserts.

    Looks like they serve cheeses from Androuet, a cheesemonger from Paris with a branch in Spitalfields Market.

    The place is typically packed now, but they take walk-ins at the bar.

    4 Replies
    1. re: limster

      Limster! What a crazy coincidence that we were there almost at the same time, even though we now live 6000 miles away. Even eating the same dishes. Good minds think alike. And even more bizarre that I think I went on the 22nd of July. sounds like I hit it when it was brand spankin' new?

      I didn't hit Pizzaro, but now that I know, I'll definitely hit it next time. When I'm in London I usually stay in that area - at the Hilton London Tower. I'll probably be back in October.

      So at Casse Croute, does the menu change daily? weekly? Does it repeat often?

      The best discoveries are like these... stumbling on some place and being surprised at how good it is.

      1. re: adamclyde

        Yes it had just opened when you ate there; the week before was a soft opening.

        The menu changes daily, I think there might have been a couple of repeats here and there, but the dishes have largely been different. Would love to see how the extent of the chef's repertoire.

        Yes indeed, the best discoveries are the ones most unexpected. And the most fun too!

        1. re: adamclyde

          BTW, if you want to chow when you're here in Oct, let me know. We can always organise a chowdown or something.

          1. re: limster

            most definitely! It's been too long, so will be great to catch up again. Stay tuned.

      2. Loved that pic! Too few Chowhounds post pics, instead relying mainly on detailed descriptions of their dishes. But, like they say, a picture paints a thousand words ;-)

        1. A very recent review in the London Standard. Wow - I can't wait to eat here.

          1. Great review thank you. It's about to stop being an undiscovered gem though as both Fay and Marina have/are giving it stella reviews.

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            1. re: ManInTransit

              Sadly, great undiscovered gems don't often stay in that category. It's wonderful for the owners but not so for us patrons. Probably by the time klyeoh gets back to town, there will be a month-long wait or more to get a table. :-)

              1. re: zuriga1

                Not always -- try the nearby Crystal China on Tower Bridge Road, which has been opened for nearly 2 years.

                1. re: limster

                  OK - will do. Thanks. I wanted to take my son to Min Jiang, but he and my granddaughter found places on their own and rarely asked for my advice. :-) They really liked the Italian place they found in Marylebone... I posted about that a week or so ago. It's Ana Capri.

              2. re: ManInTransit

                wow. I guess sometimes being a trailblazer is all about dumb luck. :-)

                1. re: adamclyde

                  Congratulations! But in all fairness, limster as always had the first word


                  1. re: howler

                    ah, he was just faster to the trigger. ;)

                    1. re: adamclyde

                      Which is why you should have joined his thread rather than start a new one - but you knew that ;)

                      1. re: howler

                        hah. Point taken... I actually didn't see his until he linked to it here. My bad. That sneaky limster.

              3. BTW, they also serve breakfast. The cherry jam that comes with the slice of bread and butter is superb - a light sticky consistency, with a sustained nuanced and elegant cherry flavour.