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).
An update of what I consider their best dishes - you'll have to try your luck or check their menu on twitter:
- Croque Monsieur
- 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
- Blanquette de veau
- Bouef en Croute aka Beef Wellington
- Lapin a la moutarde aka Rabbit with mustard as mentioned above
- Profiteroles (one of the best I've had in London, great crunchy texture)
- Ile flottante
- Any soufflé
- Saint Honore
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.
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.
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.
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!