Voted the most romantic restaurant in London by The Times, romance is very the theme of this restaurant.
Set in on corner of the historically rich Bleeding Heart Yard, the restaurant is part of the Bleeding Heart collection of eateries. Walking downstairs to the historic oak panelled dining room, we were immediately impressed by the décor and warm candlelight. The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere and is filled with lovely little touches which added to the ambience, such as the heart painted onto the butter, and the heart stencilled onto the window.
The menu is filled with a choice of French dishes and is particularly good for meat and fish lovers. The wine list is enormous and contains a fabulous (and expensive) selection from all over the world though we opted for one on the cheaper Trinity Hill bottles.
For our starters we enjoyed the confit duck and chicken ballotine as well as the pumpkin ravioli. These perfect portions were followed by the the fillet of sea bass with olive tapenade and the Assiette of suckling pig with crackling, faggots, pommes fondant and apple sauce for the mains. All the dishes were superb, with the crackling on the suckling pig being particularly crispy and tasty.
The desserts were killer creations and very indulgent – we enjoyed the chocolate and caramel delice with honeycomb ice-cream and banana parfait with salted caramel ice-cream. The Cheeseboard also looked exquisite with its large selection, though we didn’t have any as we were full I think next time it will need to be sampled
The service was also impeccable and we really were made to feel at home by the friendly French staff. The bill came to £110 including service and drinks which we thought was very reasonable for the quality of the evening.
NB – Don’t judge this lovely restaurant by its website, the photos on it;s site really don’t do it justice.