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French traditional bistro using fresh food cooked on order We don't use microwaves! Family owned since 1997
PRICE RANGE
£20 - £60
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
CUISINES
French, European, Fusion
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 March 2024

Our first time at this jewel of a restaurant near Hampton Court Palace. Food, wine and service just awesome. 100% recommended and we will be back!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 February 2024

We went with my partner for the very first time for dinner last night and we were amazed by the quality of food, service and atmosphere. We know it was going to be a good restaurant according to the reviews but this place truly exceeded...our expectations. It's extremely rare to find a place that ticks all the boxes but this establishment does, and very comfortably. Their selection and specials make you want to order the whole thing. They have an amazing selection with various choices that would make everyone happy. For example my partner doesn't like sea food much, but felt like there was still plenty to choose from. Every single dish was delicious, you can tell it's cooked with passion. Their wine selection is amazing, we asked for a French wine that wasn't on the drink list and they had it! (Highly recommend the Vouvray!) The staff made us very welcome, went out their way for us to have a good time and the Chef came to our table twice. I don't remember this ever happening in any other restaurant I've been to before. It's the little details that make this place special. As a Frenchman I thought I hate better there than any other restaurants I've been to in France. My partner is British and told me it was now one of her favourite restaurants too. She thought it was incredible from start to finish. This restaurant truly deserves all the stars it can get. It goes without saying that we will be back as soon as we can.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Management response:Responded 18 February 2024
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Merci ☺️

Reviewed 28 January 2024

Once again this is one of the best resturants I have been too. The food is quite frankley amazing its so good. The family run business is a delight and if you can get in I would highly recommend it. Shame its not closer to...where I live oterwise I would be in there all the timeMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 December 2023

I used to go to this restaurant when it was first opened 26 odd years ago. I was looking forward to revisiting, I loved it. Never have I been more disappointed. It was expensive, extremely small portions, my sauce was glutinous and where were the...vegetables. I no longer live locally so I will never re-visit. I am married to a French Chef who has retired but his cooking would beat anything from this restaurant hands down and at a fraction of the cost. Pretentious is a good word to describe them.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023 via mobile

What a great experience - a true “gastronomic extravaganza”. The foie grass was superb and the monkfish curry fantastic. Friendly and professional service, lovely ambiance and an superb meal overall BUT it was somewhat expensive at £330.00 for 4 with an inexpensive bottle of wine....Despite the price, we will be back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

JP and Kim are the most wonderful hosts. There were 14 of us for lunch to celebrate my my husbands 50th Birthday, we were all made to feel so special. The food as always was amazing, the service was impeccable, our friends were blown away...by how wonderful it was. Thank you both, we all had the most perfect afternoon and did not want to leave.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Management response:Responded 25 October 2023

Thank you !!! It was our absolute pleasure. So glad you had a good time x

Reviewed 5 October 2023 via mobile

A late Sunday lunch booking. Nice setting, great food, unhurried, relaxed ambiance. Not cheap, but worth it. We’ll be back …

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023

Superb food, beautiful attention to detail. Clearly very proud of the food they serve and rightly so. We were made to feel so welcome it was our first visit but we felt we had been going for years. We will definitely be going there again....The oysters were incredible fresh, thanks to the chef the sauces were cooked to perfection, expertly seasoned. The owners were very gracious and friendly and the waitresses very attentive. Service was immaculate. We had gone for a romantic birthday dinner and it was the best we have had out for as long as I can remember! We certainly won’t be waiting for another birthday to go back.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023 via mobile

Outstanding as always. We have become regular visitors to this wonderful restaurant. The food and service are always excellent, and with the daily specials you never know what treats will be in store. JP, Kim and family honestly are the best hosts and people we...can now call friends.. We now visit once a month and have stopped eating out elsewhere as nothing lives up to this.. Book a table when in the area you won't be disappointedMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 21 May 2023 via mobile

Just great fresh seafood. My go to every time is a dozen of oysters. They were fresh and tasty. Very friendly and informative about what they have fresh on the menu. Have been there a few times already and always very enjoyable will definitely go...back again.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 18 May 2023 via mobile

Had a great family meal here last Saturday to celebrate a birthday. Lovely atmosphere, great food and wonderful service. The list of specials was enormous which shows they cook based on what’s been delivered that day. A great range of fish and shellfish. Wines reasonably...priced. All in all a great experience and we will be backMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 May 2023

What an amazing meal we had here it was my girlfriend's birthday and 6 of us had a best night, food was amazing service and staff were excellent too great atmosphere. Thank you JP and Kim for an amazing evening 😍😍

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023

Food was good ...however the service was unfocused and certainly the owners were clearly only interested in customers that they knew...overall it was a bad vibe for us not helped by very flakey service throughout the evening and a somewhat aggressive response by the owner's...wife early on in the proceedings to a very minor observation that we had about not getting the drink that we had actually ordered.. none of us will be returning or recommending.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 29 April 2023

An absolute joy , bistro feel great decor but the food is only outdone for excellence by the lovely friendly knowledgeable owners and servers who made our evening ten out of ten !!! Honestly I know so much more about oysters now !!!! Thank you...guys perfect night outMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 26 April 2023 via mobile

Outstanding as always and worth every penny.. We do not eat out often and would rather just eat here on a more regular basis. The food is fabulous, we have never had a bad meal.. The specials are usually fish/seafood that has been caught in...Cornwall and changes daily.. I don't think we have ever ordered off the a la carte menu.. This is a family run restaurant, a cosy/romantic setting and the most friendliest of atmospheres.. If you are in the area, this is a must. You won't be disappointedMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Yes it does, just give them a call, the owners are called JP and Kim. They are very used to doing big group bookings. Once a month they have a Rugby Awards lunch with speaker and always do a fixed price menu. I just... More
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