Restaurant Review – Le Café du Marché, London

Is a tiny French restaurant nestled in a corner between Smithfield meat market and the Barbican Centre. Off Charterhouse Square, the outside of the restaurant is charmingly decked out with ivy; it looks as though you are entering somewhere set in a different time.

You walk in and immediately feel the warmth generating from quite obviously a regular clientele, it’s almost as though you’re entering someone’s living room. Chattering, laughter, candles lit, live music (piano and a double bass the night I was in) and authentic characterful décor. Instantly I fell in love with the restaurant.

My friend Moira had been before several times but not for a good few years and she had high expectations. And with me being a vegetarian in a French restaurant I went in with not so high expectations…

However, the menu was traditional with a lot of plat du jours, which immediately I think of as a good sign in that the ingredients are seasonal and with the meat market (literally) on their doorstep they really have no excuse. Moira went for the ‘Soupe de poisson’ to start which was accompanied with bread and rouille, her expectations were met and she made all the right noises. I had a very light and delicious salad of watermelon, tomato and shallot that was beautiful to look at and filled with delightfully delicate flavours.

Main courses were another fish course for Moira ‘Poisson du jour’ which was Hake and mussels, it looked amazing, she said it was cooked perfectly, and she left just a few shells in it’s wake… My open ravioli with aubergine, chilli, goat cheese and a poached egg was a busy ensemble but it worked. It had texture and an exciting combination of flavours I hadn’t had before.

Desserts were the tarte du jour, which was apple on that day, delicious, and the dessert du jour, a chocolate delicacy. We felt wonderfully looked after the whole evening by Sophie who guided us through the menu and expertly recommended a couple of very appealing wines. There was no rush to our evening, the music was wonderful and as I was leaving I really felt as though I’d found a magical corner of the city that everyone should experience. Romantic, inviting and welcoming, try it, I think you’ll like it…


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One Response to Restaurant Review – Le Café du Marché, London

  1. Sarah Bogott says:

    This sounds so amazing, I have to eat there this week! Great review. 😉 xx

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