What’ll it be then? Snails cooked in garlic butter? Coq au vin? Or a straight up steak frites? Time to revisit a few classic French dishes – and see where good interpretations of them can be found this side of the Channel.
Boeuf Bourguignon, Brasserie Zedel
Ah, Zedel. London-dwelling Francophiles have had it on their list of favourite dejeuner spots for a while now. So they should, as it’s one of the few places you’ll find just about every traditional French dish imaginable, all done well and far from expensively. One example? The boeuf bourguignon, in all its treacly £15 glory.
Croque Monsieur, Pique-Nique
Don’t let the name fool you – rather than dishing out Buck’s Fizz in plastic glasses and sandwiches without the crusts, Pique-Nique is among London’s best places for true-to-its-roots French cuisine. Even if it is in the middle of a public park. Go for their croque-monsieur and you’ll see there’s a reason why it ain’t just called a cheese and ham toastie.
Côte de Boeuf, Chez Bruce
Steak and chips: usually a good sign your dinner choices are lacking a little imagination. Though go for the French interpretation – translated as ‘rib of beef – and when it’s done as well as it is at Chez Bruce, no one’s judging. This one comes with hand-cut chips, roast shallots and Béarnaise sauce.Continue Reading