Situated at the far end of Corporation Street near the law courts this is the type of bistro that Café Rouge tries so hard to be. It's the kind of place you would be happy to stumble across in the backstreets of a French town knowing you were going to get a good meal.
The decoration is classic bistro, odd chairs, dark wood, brown walls, painted signs, and it has a nice feel to it. They were playing blues music and, whilst I don't really like much background music when I am eating, it did seem right here. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient.
I went at lunch time so it was quite quiet but I can imagine that if get really "buzzy" at night. They do themed evenings with live music which I suspect would be great. I will try to get to one!
The lunch menu is quite restricted but they were happy to offer me some things from the dinner menu. I had "Cornish Dressed Crab" for a main course and this was good quality and came with some nicely dressed leaves, croutons and boiled new potatoes - an excellent course. I then had a dessert of two tartlets, one raspberry and one strawberry, and these were good with sharp fruit and crisp pastry - another good course. I had a glass of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with the main course and that was fruity and light. An espresso finished my meal.
All in all this is good bistro cooking. It's not fine dining of the highest order but you won't be disappointed with the food and, as I said above, I think in the evenings it will be a really good place to be in terms of atmosphere.
By only small criticism is that £30 for what I had is a bit expensive. I've held a star back for that which is a bit mean but TripAdvisor doesn't do half stars! So 4 1/2 stars really.
This place is certainly worth trying.
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