Google Maps, Multimap, satellite navigation… you’d think that in this day and age of advance mapping, one would be able to find a restaurant in the middle of East London. Not so, it appears. Having punched the restaurant’s postcode into aforementioned websites and even used my sat nav, it appeared that the restaurant didn’t exist. I quick call to the restaurant and I was informed that the restaurant is in a corner of Spitalfields market so new, the postcode doesn’t yet exist.
So was it worth it? Absolument mes amis!
Le Bouchon Breton is a French brasserie, champagne and shellfish bar with a menu developed by culinary heavyweight Michel Roux Jr. Overlooking the hustle and bustle of the historic market below, the restaurant takes its influence from grand old Parisian brasseries; think acres of red leather banquets, wood and also a few booths. The impressive bar dominates the space and houses the extensive 700 bin wine list, as well as providing some very good cocktails; in particular the Breakfast martini was lovingly made and dangerously easy to drink.
The extensive menu features everything from Breton shellfish to a good range of comforting, brasserie classics such as terrines, salads, charcuteries and main dishes; early birds can also have a quintessentially French breakfast. We started with a simply outstanding warm Duck gizzard salad with delicious slivers of fois gras, French beans and a truffle dressing. Unfortunately for a French restaurant, our other starter of frog’s legs were too bland and greasy. For mains, my rack of lamb was perfectly cooked, full of flavour and accompanied by a rustic flageolet bean & tomato ragout. Mr Pants similarly enjoyed his fillet steak which was served with more chips than a night out at the casino! Desserts continued to impress, with delish a tarte tatin and a rich chocolate mousse.
Service was smart and accomplished whilst the sommelier – formerly of Le Gavroche – recommended some lovely wines to match our meal. Also, whilst it is a little on the pricey side for what should be an accessible brasserie, portions are generous and we both left the restaurant with happy bellies. Definitely worth a visit, even if it for the duck salad and a drink.
Cuisine type – French
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £70
Wine – £6
Cocktails – £8.50
Le Bouchon Breton
8 Horner Square