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Frenchie: La Bouchee

by Krista

56 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3DY
Tel: 020 7589 1929

The Victims: Connie and Anna

Date of Last Visit: January 22, 2004

Connie and I were having a Day of France. We went to the Vive La France show at Kensington Olympia, which was surprisingly entertaining. Mucho (or should I say "tres") wine, cheese, sausage, and soap. I learned that I do not like Calvados, and that I do appreciate a fine sausage. After about two hours there, we heading to South Ken to check out La Bouchee. I’d heard it was affordable and cute.

La Bouchee gets points for atmosphere. Mucho points. It was small with many nooks and crannies. All dark wood and cute tables. La Bouchee loses points for service. It was haphazard, and I wasn’t quite sure whether they spoke English.

Our wine was delightful: a Sancerre. My salad was lovely–although there were a few too duck livers for me. Connie’s french onion soup looked lovely, and the bread was fantastic.

I had the Coq au Vin as an entree and it was good. I wanted it to be better though. Connie had the Steak and Frites, and the frites were delicious. Anna had an open ravioli that looked questionable, but she said it was great. So I don’t know.

For dessert, we split a creme brulee and a fruit mousse tart. Both were fantastic.

Would I go back? I’m not sure. Maybe. The atmostphere was alluring. It strikes me as a good date place. The food didn’t entirely bowl me over though. I had such high hopes! Hmmm. Maybe next time.

The Verdict: Out, unfortunately. I can’t decide! Go for atmosphere. Food okay.

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