Bouchon Fourchette

  • Restaurants
  • French
6 Love It
South Hackney

Sourdough pizza places, craft beer pubs and organic cafés are ten a penny in Hackney these days, but French-style bistro-cum-cafés? Nope.  In this new Mare Street fixture you’ll find baskets filled with crusty baguettes and a sprinkling of other elements befitting a French eatery, but the overall vibe is decidedly East End thanks to exposed brickwork and second-hand tables.

By day, there’s a handful of simple café dishes to choose from – omelettes, croque monsieurs, gratins. By night there’s a role-call of keenly priced classics such as snails steeped in garlic butter, coq au vin or a generous heap of rillettes with cornichon and sourdough toast. When it comes to another mainstay of the cheap French restaurant, steak-frites, there’s a huge difference between a good one and a bad one, and here it was underwhelming. Chunky chips were no better than the quality of bought-in versions, while the steak, though cooked à la point, was under seasoned. A rich crème caramel with just the right balance in the bitter and sweet sauce put things back on track though. 


Venue name: Bouchon Fourchette
Address: 171 Mare St
E8 3RH
Opening hours: Meals served 9am-10pm Tue-Thur; 9am-11pm Fri, Sat; 9am-5pm Sun. Dinner served 5-10pm Mon.
Transport: Rail: London Fields
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Kay  M

Consistently good food and service. Terrific wines. I celebrated becoming a UK citizen by dining here immediately afterwards. Ironic I know but the food is that good and I felt like champagne.

Zoe R

Fantastic place - amazing food and friendly staff with some rest mid week deals. I have been back 3 times and can't wait to go again! I think they'll be very successful in Hackney


This is my new favourite local restaurant, I've been at least 4 times in the last couple of months. Everything we've eaten here has been fabulous. Our favourites include: breakfast omelettes, steak tartare and 'mum's chocolate slice' (a divinefondant-style dessert). The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and have always made fabulous wine recommendations. We'll be back again.


Calling food under seasoned is the refuge of reviewers who know very little about food - they think it makes them sound knowledgable. Does your expert palate find it under seasoned? Then put some salt on it doofus. Time Out's problem is that it is staffed by kids with too much confidence and not enough smarts.


I had a great time yesterday at the Bouchon Fourchette. I am French and had obviously some expectations about the food but I wasn't disappointed by the delicious Coq au Vin! The "Mum’s chocolate slice" for dessert was amazing and I really appreciate the the staff who was very friendly. I will definitely come back and recommend this great restaurant to my friends.