Café du Marché

Restaurants , French Farringdon
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Set in a former warehouse on an idyllic alleyway off Charterhouse Square, Café du Marché is divided into three separate eateries: Le Café is the smartest and most atmospheric, with a pared-down country-meets-city aesthetic (bare brick walls, starched white tablecloths, original wooden floors, candles), and a jazz pianist to set the sophisticated but warm tone. The romantic location is popular with couples; customers tends toward the ‘lawyer with a house in the Dordogne’ type. The fixed-price three-course à la carte (the only option) features a nice balance of French provincial dishes. We opted for soupe du jour (vegetable), and purple-sprouting broccoli with hollandaise for starters. Entrecôte, for a main, came with roquefort-buttered spinach and crispy new spuds, while the swordfish daily special arrived with ratatouille. Dishes were beautifully presented and near faultless – save for the rather stringy swordfish. Chocolate mousse to follow was deliciously rich and appropriately small. The wine list (almost exclusively French) provides a satisfying read for oenophiles. Professional, pleasant staff deserve the hefty (‘optional’) 15% service charge. Complimentary extras such as a large salad bowl with the mains and constantly refilled bread baskets reinforce the feeling of being well looked after.

 

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Café du Marché says
Open for nearly 30 years, we have become renowned as an atmospheric and bon vivant French restaurant in the heart of Smithfield, with live jazz in the evenings.

Housed in a converted warehouse and set over two floors, we also host music events twice a month in our upstairs dining room, Le Grenier.
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Venue name: Café du Marché
Contact:
Address: 22 Charterhouse Square, Charterhouse Mews
London
EC1M 6AH
Opening hours: Le Café Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat. Set meal £33.85 3 courses. Le Grenier Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 7-10pm Mon-Sat. Set meal £33.85 3 courses. Le Rendezvous Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri.
Transport: Tube: Barbican tube/Farringdon tube/rail
Price: Main courses £9-£16.
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Stephanie C
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I really shouldnt keep giving all my hidden gems away. This is very similar to a few reviews I have done where I put this in the category of 'dont want to tell everyone my amazing secret places I love' but I wouldnt do it justice if I kept up this selfishness! 


We went here for a treat and the menu was either 2 or 3 courses. If you go now in Dec pick up the small little leaflet on the table. It tells you they are going to a la carte as of January plus its a 20% off voucher in Jan and Feb 2017 :)


I had mussels to start followed by steak for 2 people (£10 supplement). The chocolate mousse was divine. I have to say that all the waiting staff were so genuine and passionate about their roles. Nothing was too much for them and they went over and beyond when I asked for gluten free bread. 


Its a timeless place tucked out of the way near Smithfields Market. You feel like youre being transported to another country and another decade. Priceless.

Sarah B

This just might be the most romantic restaurant in London and it is well within your budget! We're talking hidden away through a cobblestoned corner, exposed brick walls, candlelit tables, jazz pianist - the works. The menu is an ever changing seasonal modern French affair, always with an option of a set 2/3 courses should you wish, and the wine list is extensive and carefully thought out. Don't worry if you're at all indecisive or feel a little overwhelmed, I have always found that asking the attentive and authentically French waiting staff to simply bring you the chef's recommendation and wine pairing works an absolute treat. Should you have any celebration coming up, Le Cafe du Marche would make the ultimate setting - especially if it happens to fall on Jazz Thursdays!