Time for another Bermondsey Street special – there really are so many fantastic finds on this little road, it’s worth the venture from London Bridge/Borough. Once the new London Bridge Station is finished I imagine it will be even easier to access. If you work in the area, definitely pop along at lunch time for a change of scene.
Casse Croute is a teeny tiny French restaurant with between 10 and 15 tables. Step inside and you are transported to a Parisian backstreet. The menu changes daily (check out their Twitter feed for the day’s offering) but frequently offers some French classics. There are three starters, three mains and three desserts to choose from. Don’t bother if you’re vegetarian though…
Oeuf cocotte, girolles
I started with mushrooms and eggs in a kind of veloute. I’m not really sure how else to describe it – those with more culinary wisdom than me will no doubt glance at the picture and instantly recognise what must be a French delicacy! The mushrooms were really tasty but I’m not sure I’d order this again; I reckon it’s a one-off special. My dining companions had the other two dishes on offer that day – snails, and clams – all of which received rave reviews.
Feuillete d’escargots a l’Aneth
For main course I went for the French twist on a beef wellington (with yet more mushrooms) and classic French beans. There wasn’t too much pastry, but that’s a good thing because it meant the main focus of the dish was on the delectable beef. The table also had the salted cod fish pie, which was enormous but looked and smelled delicious.
Boeuf en Croute, haricots verts
We didn’t have room for dessert, but we did try some of the lovely wine and champagne. So, the basic message is: don’t come here if you want loads of choice, do come here if you want amazing French food. A voila!