Food and drink
The menu is divided into bar snacks, charcuterie, cheese, small plates and four or five larger plats du jour. Much is French, but there are exceptions such as matjes herring with potato salad, potted shrimps with toast, polenta with wild mushrooms, and a Tuscan take on steak tartare. The cooking’s mostly excellent. If you’re not keen on experimenting with natural wines, there are plenty of other options from small, artisan producers available, including sherries, whiskies and English beers. The nicest drink I’ve had here was a champagne-like French perry, made from pears.
A little bit French, a little bit quirky, with a lively mix of couples and groups of friends and colleagues.
Touch and go: it’s friendly, but once the preliminaries are over it is hard to get staff’s attention when things are busy, as they usually are. Booking is essential, unless you aim to sit at the bar.
Handy for Trafalgar Square, the Strand, Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
Most of the small plates are £6 or £8, and the plats du jour are £13-£16. Look out for the lunch special, which offers a light main dish plus a glass of wine for £10. Bottles of wine start at £15.25.
Brawn in Columbia Road, E2, is a new Terroirs offshoot serving natural wines and various ways with pig meat.
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