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Le Cassoulet

by Krista
Le cassoulet

Le Cassoulet
18 Selsdon Rd
South Croydon

Date of Last Visit: Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Victim: Myself

The Damage: About £18

The Background: I like my new phone–the Nokia e71–but I hate its camera. I like its Blackberry-like keyboard. I like the ease of checking my two main Gmail accounts and my Facebook account and Twitter, all in one-click.

But damn, does it take crappy photos. So you'll have to forgive the shots here. Please. (But I know you're here for the restaurant reviews and not the mobile phone reviews, right?) Unfortunately, the e71 was all I had when I found myself in Croydon with a few hours to kill.

Oddly, I found Croydon quite pleasant. There's good shopping in Croydon. And a nice pedestrian zone.

And a French restaurant. A good one. Although it's nowhere near the Home Office, where I was stuck for the day. Really, I should have taken the bus.

The Entrance: I've walked all the way from Lunar House to Le Cassoulet, on the advice of my fellow Twitter-fiends and London food and restaurant bloggers. I'd read about Le Cassoulet before, but I'd never really had a reason to go to Croydon before. But here I was. And I was sweaty and hot, to be honest. Croydon is hot. And a little bit loud. There are a lot of buses in Croydon.

But Le Cassoulet is cool and calm and tranquil. And there's no one there. Just me. Then again, they've been open all of like two minutes when I arrive.

The Service: They are sweet and hospitable and I'm given a comfortable table up front but against a little divider, which is nice. I defer to my server's recommendation for wine, which of course at this stage, I've completely forgotten. But it's nice. And I've brought my WSET books, so drinking alone at 12:30 on a Thursday somehow doesn't seem THAT weird.

Oddly, despite the very solid food, I was the only customer in the restaurant for the duration of my visit.

Le cassoulet asparagus

The Food: Asparagus, a poached egg, and some parmesan to start. Actually, a lot of parmesan. The presentation, I'd say, was exuberant. There was a lot of parmesan. This is not a bad thing. I just noticed it, that was all. The asparagus was great…firm, a little crunch to it, fresh. Lovely.

Le cassoulet sea bream

This was VERY quickly followed by sea bream and courgettes and I really enjoyed this. I know–I came all this way, why didn't I have the cassoulet? Well, like I said, it was HOT. Stew on a hot day just doesn't work for me. Hence the sea bream, which was nice and crispy on the outside, and lots of grilled courgettes. Nice.

The Verdict: I probably won't have a reason to go back to Croydon for a while. But I'm still glad I went to Le Cassoulet. And I'd say if you're in that neck of the woods, you should go too.

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Charmaine May 18, 2009 - 9:07 am

Don’t say I didn’t warn you about taking the bus! 😉
It was pretty empty on my lunch a few months back, but they book up so quickly at night and on weekends. Couldn’t get a Sunday lunch booking for love nor money.

Krista May 18, 2009 - 10:34 am

Ah, you did warn me…but it all worked out. It was a nice day for a walk,
and I did take a bus part of the way back.

Gourmet Chick May 18, 2009 - 12:22 pm

Really want to go here although apparently it is not worth a trip to Croydon in itself but is worth a trip if you are in Croydon – if you get my drift?

Krista May 18, 2009 - 12:31 pm

Yes, exactly!!!

An American in London May 18, 2009 - 9:11 pm

When I visited Le Cassoulet last fall, it was perfect weather for the signature dish (i.e., dark and cold outside), so I can see why you skipped it this time. And I like that you answered the question I posed back then re: other things to do in Croydon besides eat at Le Cassoulet . . . something to look forward to if I ever earn my UK citizenship. lol.

kang May 19, 2009 - 10:33 am

Been wanting to retire my iPhone for a more capable Blackberry Bold, both the camera and lack of keyboard has become an annoyance once the novelty factor wore off…

Krista May 19, 2009 - 11:46 am

The Blackberry’s camera sucks too. I’ve got a Curve for work and it doesn’t
cut it for me, camera-wise. Love the keyboard though.

Piersy May 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Can’t believe you didn’t try the Cassoulet itself!
This place has been on my ‘to visit’ list for a long time.

Niall Harbison May 29, 2009 - 9:53 pm

That looks like my kind of food! The Sea Bream looks delicious and simple and I love the lemon when it is roasted like that as it gives it so much added oomph!

Krista May 30, 2009 - 9:03 am

I do love lemon and roasted lemon is even better! This was a very good meal.

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