How clever are the French? They hold their 5th of November on the 14th of July, so their fireworks displays happen late on fading summer evenings while ours happen anytime after 4pm on chattering autumn nights. Bastille Day celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution in 1789, and is now marked all over France with parades and a bit of kachunk-boom. It’s also the day when expat French restaurants everywhere else go the extra mile to delight you with a taste of the motherland. Merci, chaps. Here are a few you can still book for this evening:
Top diner rated Bistrot Bruno Loubet restaurant at The Zetter in Clerkenwell is offering four courses of sublime Francofood for £50 — bargain.
The French Kitchen in Holborn and The French Kitchen in Chiswick are both showcasing great French food like escargots, quiche, foie gras and more this week through the 17th of July, two courses for £20 and three courses for £25. By the bye, we had the fruits de mer linguine there the other day and it was a surprise and a delight: stacks of varied shellfish wound round with gorgeous al dente linguine.
Joel Antunes is the chef/patron of Brasserie Joel in the fabulous new Park Plaza Westminster Bridge has a great Bastille Day menu, so if you’ve been meaning to check out the cool new hotel/restaurant with the stunning views, this could be the day.
Chic Aubaine restaurant in Mayfair’s Heddon Street — one of the new ones in our Summer of New Restaurants — is an all-day French eaterie with a Bastille Day special that includes salad/soup and dessert and you only pay for the main course. Oui!
Le Pont de la Tour restaurant on the banks of the Thames with breathtaking City views has a terrific three-course supper plus a kir royale (take that, revolutionaries!) for just £30, and if some fireworks should happen to go off somewhere in town, you’ll be able to see them from here.
For a wider array of French restaurants, click here and have a bonne soirée.