NB in February 2014 chef Ollie Couillaud left; who will replace him is not yet clear. The review below refers to 2013 only. Time Out Editors
More refined than you’d infer from its name alone, the Lawn Bistro is a classic French dining room that has added a strong independent voice to the chain restaurants and cafés of Wimbledon. Open since 2011, it offers accomplished French cuisine via two- or three-course prix fixe menus and a drinks list notable for French ciders and beer from Wimbledon’s By the Horns brewery. There’s also a good range of global wine, with plenty by the glass. Ollie Couillaud, formerly head chef at La Trompette, does stray geographically, though, so don’t be too surprised to find the likes of lamb with yorkshire pudding and mint sauce alongside dauphinois potatoes. Elegantly presented pan-fried sea bream synched well with pomegranate vinaigrette and artichoke purée, while guinea fowl leg with puy lentils benefited from smoky bacon lardons and a peppy salsa verde. Sweet seduction comes in the form of a baked alaska, torched at your table, for two to share, but the cheeseboard is also a temptation. The space itself is smart, grey and unremarkable, and service pleasantly attentive. Ring for details of ‘wine dinners’, when a specially conceived menu is designed around wines of a particular grape variety or region.