Café du Marché

Restaurants , French Farringdon
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Laura Campion
Laura Campion

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
Address: 22 Charterhouse Square, Charterhouse Mews
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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