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The Bleeding Heart

by Krista

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Bleeding Heart Yard
Greville Street

Date of Last Visit: Friday, August 1, 2008

The Victims: Jen, Feathers, Siri

The Damage: £40 each

The Background: I’ve just given a presentation to about 150 people. I think I did good.

But golly do I need a beer.

OK, maybe about three beers.

And then…and then do you know what I really need?

I need a French dinner at a romantic French restaurant with three very American gals. (Four, really. Counting my Yankee-turned-traitor self.)

The Entrance: I am more than a little charmed by the entrance to The Bleeding Heart. I like the courtyard. I like how we’re greeted…very French. Very charming. They take my very heavy backpack (why I didn’t leave it at the office, I don’t know) and we’re shown to our table in the very romantically and cozily lit Bleeding Heart.

Gentlemen, if you’re reading this, you should take the special someone in your life here. Tomorrow.

The Drink: Feathers orders a New Zealand white, which I just don’t understand. We’re in a French restaurant! And there’s a sommerlier! Why just pick randomly? She is too fast for me. I could have used a Sancerre.

The Food: We order two starters to share…one, a trinity of duck, is a dish I don’t want to share. But I do. Because I work with these people and people talk. The other starter is unmemorable.

I get the sole as my main, suckered in by two words: "truffled" and "polenta." Imagine "truffled polenta." Yes. It was good. A little short on the polenta though.

The Service: Really lovely. Although I really didn’t need someone to walk me to the loo.

An Observation: Way too empty for a Friday evening!

The Verdict: I liked it here. I’m a girl. I’m a sucker.

P.S. Sorry for the slightly blurry photo. Three beers for someone who really hasn’t been drinking in 2008…

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Douglas August 6, 2008 - 10:39 am

The ‘by the glass’ choice was perhaps not so odd: the restaurant owns a vineyard in Kiwi-land.

Silverbrow August 7, 2008 - 8:47 am

Krista – did you eat at the restaurant itself or the Tavern? Looks from the menu like the Tavern. I haven’t eaten there myself, but the restaurant can’t be beaten for long lunches, with lots of red wine and cheese in winter months. It’s enough to make me wish away our balmy summer of drizzly days and fetid nights 😉

Sarah August 7, 2008 - 5:28 pm

I just love the Bistro! And on the topic of lovely French places in that area, you can’t beat Cafe du Marche which offers a great set menu with a prix fixe, of course!

Epicurienne August 7, 2008 - 5:52 pm

Hi Krista,
Isn’t it great at the Bleeding Heart? I was taken there for my birthday this year and loved it. Just to let you know that although the cuisine is French, the owners own a vineyard in Hawkes’ Bay, New Zealand, hence the wine. I love that ‘cos I’m a Kiwi gal with a Monsieur at home, so perfect combo with good food and great staff, esp the sommelier.

Krista August 8, 2008 - 1:21 pm

Hey everyone
Yes, I ate in the more formal restaurant. Loved it. And now I don’t feel so bad about Feathers’ wine pick. Thanks for setting me straight!

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