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“France on a Budget”

The Little French Restaurant
Ranked #1,899 of 24,242 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$26 - US$36
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: South Kensington
Description: We are small restaurant established in april 1996 we serve french and european dishes and have choice of wines, spirits and drinks from around the world at very reasonable prices that are hard to find in london. We are open 7 days per week for lunch and dinner and cater for everyone who likes to have good freshly prepared food at prices that everyone can afford,served by friendly people who want you to feel at home and come back again.
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Spending a couple of days to attend Wimbledon we were keen to find good food at a reasonable price. The first night we had a calamitous meal in a pizza restaurant where we ended up walking out. We then tried a Thai restaurant which was not much better. So we were determined to do better on the second night. After getting off the tube at Earls Court we were wandering back to our hotel when we spotted The Little French Restaurant.
Unfortunately there were no available tables but were told that if we had a drink in the pub opposite there would then be a table reserved. This we did and were immediately impressed with the somewhat rustic décor, the general buzz, the attentive staff and the price of £10.95 for a three course meal in central London.
At the pizza restaurant the house wine had been priced at £22 a bottle, we were, consequently. pleasantly surprised when the house wine here was £12 and very quaffable. The food was equally good. I could recommend the chicken livers for a starter ( soft, succulent and plentiful) and the lamb wellington for a mains (tender, lean and great pastry). Just room for a yummy chocolate mousse to finish off a great meal that did not break the bank.
The restaurant does not purport to provide fine dining but If we are in this area again we will definitely eat here and can recommend it unreservedly for good food at value for money prices.

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1  Thank Trevor T
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Like the previous reviewer, we were drawn to the £10.95 three course meal. I personally didn't expect too much at that price although the reviews on Google maps had been good. The four of us had a great meal..well cooked and absolutely delicious and the service and experience was good. I think this is a real gem in the heart of earl's court.

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Thank Allan J
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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

We were drawn in by the $10.95 3 course meal which was advertised outside. We weren't expecting great things for that price and thought if the food was good the drinks would be overpriced. This was not the case at all. The house wine was $2.85 a glass and tasted great. The choice of starters and mains was varied. The grilled goats cheese was a huge portion and tasted delicious. The chicken breast with mushrooms was also delicious. My Husband had salmon and the lamb Wellington and both were really tasty. There were no other customers in when we arrived but the place filled up within 10 minutes. We had no booking so were lucky to get a table. The service was good and the restaurant filled up really quickly. Every table was full by the time we left. The restaurant itself was small, quaint and homely. I highly recommend this place. The wine bar Ashbee's next door is also a great place for a drink afterwards.

Thank Rebecca W
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We ate here twice while in London, and found the food to be delicious, especially the chicken livers starter and coq au vin. Very excellent value, good service, and a real find. We will return here on our next trip!

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1  Thank PattyC814
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We ate here one night as we were going to a gig at earl's court and wanted somewhere cheap and cheerful and quick to eat beforehand. We had booked through the website, but received no confirmation. My husband followed up with an email and received an email confirmation back. Therefore, it was more than a bit annoying when we walked into the restaurant to find they had no record of the booking. It was only when we were able to show them our email confirmation that they agreed to seat us. Not a good start.

The restaurant itself is a nice space, reminiscent of a real french bistro - but that's pretty much where the similarity ends. The food itself is pretty mediocre and bland and managed to all taste the same while being pretty tasteless at the same time.

And it isn't as described. For example - if you're telling me that it's coq au vin - I'm expecting a french chicken casserole (the description even mentioned 'a pot'). What I am not expecting are 2 roast chicken drumsticks, with a slice of back bacon laid on top of them, 4 mushrooms on the side and the same sauce that appears to be used in every dish drizzled over it. That ISN'T Coq au vin.

Husband had the lamb wellington which was actually OK - but again - they use the same sauce that has a sort of slightly familiar taste - which I couldn't quite place. It was a bit oxo cube though.

I can see how this place would appeal to people who wanted a cheap eat but didn't want to eat fast food. But don't go here thinking you're going to get fantastic food at a fantastic price, because what you're going to get is what you pay for: A cheap price for cheap food.

(If you're looking for a decent little french bistro serving great food at a reasonable price, there are far better options in London - and I'd be happy to recommend them ;-)

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