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Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

adamclyde Jul 31, 2013 01:09 PM

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).

 
  1. limster Jan 27, 2014 02:38 PM

    An update of what I consider their best dishes - you'll have to try your luck or check their menu on twitter:

    Breakfast
    - Croque Monsieur

    Starters
    - Smoked Herring and potato salad
    - Quenelle du brochet sauce Nantua - a superb rendition of the pike dumplings in a crayfish and cognac sauce
    - Bouchee a la Reine
    - Crostillant pied de cochon

    Mains
    - Blanquette de veau
    - Bouef en Croute aka Beef Wellington
    - Lapin a la moutarde aka Rabbit with mustard as mentioned above

    Desserts
    - Profiteroles (one of the best I've had in London, great crunchy texture)
    - Ile flottante
    - Any soufflé
    - Saint Honore

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    1. re: limster
      adamclyde Jan 27, 2014 02:39 PM

      Man. I was in London last week, sadly without a moment to spare. Next time I need to get back there. Thanks for the update... glad to see they are still doing well.

      1. re: adamclyde
        limster Jan 27, 2014 03:17 PM

        They have been doing well - which is well deserved. Prices have crept up a little which is typical when places get established. They're fully booked most of the time. I typically end up on the counter which is reserved for walk-ins. We can chow the next time you're here with a meal to spare.

        1. re: limster
          adamclyde Jan 28, 2014 05:22 AM

          Deal! hopefully next time won't be such a whirlwind trip.

    2. limster Aug 3, 2013 08:35 AM

      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.

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        ManInTransit Aug 1, 2013 01:36 AM

        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
          zuriga1 Aug 1, 2013 04:53 AM

          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
            limster Aug 1, 2013 09:42 AM

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

            1. re: limster
              zuriga1 Aug 1, 2013 11:32 PM

              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
            adamclyde Aug 1, 2013 02:08 PM

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

            1. re: adamclyde
              howler Aug 1, 2013 03:48 PM

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

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/910422

              1. re: howler
                adamclyde Aug 1, 2013 11:01 PM

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

                1. re: adamclyde
                  howler Aug 2, 2013 12:19 AM

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

                  1. re: howler
                    adamclyde Aug 5, 2013 04:38 PM

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

          3. zuriga1 Jul 31, 2013 11:16 PM

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

            http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/re...

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              klyeoh Jul 31, 2013 06:23 PM

              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. limster Jul 31, 2013 04:37 PM

                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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/910422

                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.

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                1. re: limster
                  adamclyde Jul 31, 2013 06:24 PM

                  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
                    limster Aug 1, 2013 12:42 AM

                    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
                      limster Aug 1, 2013 04:42 PM

                      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
                        adamclyde Aug 1, 2013 11:00 PM

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

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