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Bon Vivant

Restaurants, French Bloomsbury
3 out of 5 stars
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Bon Vivant
Venue says Steak and wine for £12 – come down to Bon Vivant and bag yourself a boozy steak every Monday night.

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A French-inspired restaurant in Bloomsbury.

In case you failed your GCSE French, ‘bon vivant’ means ‘good living’. And there’s no doubt: the staff at this French restaurant in Bloomsbury definitely want you to have a good time. It wasn’t overly busy when I arrived on a Saturday night, but it quickly filled up. The staff were rushed off their feet but made an effort to ensure everyone was enjoying themselves, with one staff member seamlessly switching between languages to different groups of out-of-towners.

The menu is French-inspired, including a mix of classics like fish soup as well as some more unusual plates. A starter of foie gras was bold and punchy, paired with rhubarb and cacao. But the sea bream main course that followed it was over-complicated: though well cooked and teamed with a zingy salsa, it was also confusingly served with tortellini, which wasn’t listed on the menu and seemed an odd match. Much better was the duck, served with black pudding and crunchy hazelnuts.

Desserts change daily but do grab the chocolate-and-salted-caramel torte if it’s on: mine tasted like a Werther’s Original (which is a good thing). Bon Vivant is probably not a place to go out of your way for, but it’s handily placed for both Euston and King’s Cross stations and is a decent spot if you’re in the area.

Bon Vivant says
Why go all the way to Paris when you can get a taste of Parisian cafe culture right here in London?

BV is a French neighbourhood restaurant in Bloomsbury that has everything from croissants and coffee au matin to intimate dinners, with light lunches and bottomless brunches in between. French classics such as tartines, charcuterie plates, magret de canard are served alongside more modern dishes.

Drinks, meanwhile, meander from a well-selected, French-focused wine list, and finish up with cocktails shaken up at the central bar, like the eminently drinkable house signature Dirty Pink with gin, raspberry Chambord liquor, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white.

Details

Address: 75-77 Marchmont Street
London
WC1N 1AP
Transport: Tube: Russell Square
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100.
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Opening hours: Monday to Sunday : 11:30am to 10:30pm
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Users say (5)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Tastemaker

Came here with a large group (had reservations) we were seated immediately. Staff were always around but not pushy. There was one of us ladies not drinking and the waiter came over and asked if she wanted a mocktail, which I thought was very thoughtful! 


My starter was the superfood salad, with quinoa and seeds over a bed of greens. The salad was nice and crisp and the quinoa not too overbearing. I really liked the dressing that came with it! My main was the salmon with carrot puree, which at first I was hesitant, but it was a delicious addition, adding a touch of sweetness to the fish. Fish itself was cooked beautifully, moist and flaked easily. 


Dessert was a bit confusing as I was told the cheesecake was a strawberry one, but we got a chocolate cheesecake instead (the waiter may have something but I missed it). No matter it tastes delicious. I left nothing on my plate. 


Excellent night out! 

tastemaker

Definitely the most worthwhile drunch I've been to! Bon Vivant have an amazing deal on weekends for bottomless boozy brunch for 2 hours, and trust me, at the rate that they refill your drinks, 2 hours is all you need! 


My friends and I came on a Sunday without a reservation and managed to get a table easily, I didn't have to wait at all and even got a choice of which table I wanted. The only condition of their bottomless boozy brunch is that everyone at the table must order it and you must spend a minimum of £6 on food to qualify, which is easily done. I went for the Avocado Toast, which comes with 2 poached eggs, smashed avocado on brown toast, and a dash of paprika and olive oil on top. It's a simple dish but delicious! The eggs were poached well, as the yolks were beautifully golden, and the smashed avocado was quite tasty in terms of seasoning. We also ordered a serving of Fries, which isn't on the menu but the waiter was more than happy to accommodate to. These turned out really good, as they looked like homemade fries but with that McDonalds flare - perfect! To balance out the savoury, we shared an order of the Pastry Basket. This came with a croissant, a pain au chocolat, a mini pain aux raisins, 3 slices of bread, 3 small jars of jam, and butter. I was rather surprised with how much was put into it but also with how authentic and delicious the pastries were! My favourites were the croissant and pain au chocolat, as they were fresh, had that perfect crisp when I bit into them, and tasted like one that I could get out of a bakery in France. 


As for the drinks, we all decided to go for Prosecco, so a bottle was left on our table so we could help ourselves in pouring. Our waiter was really on the ball with coming to give us new bottles and we managed to make it through 3 bottles! We also happened to have stayed for quite some time after the 2 hours were up, so the lovely manager gave us the last jug of Mimosa, which they had leftover. She was super nice in letting us stay, as the restaurant wasn't crowded and by the time we left, people had started coming in for the dinner service! They were also good in making sure we had enough water to balance out that alcohol and took good care of us throughout our drunch. 


Definitely a 10/10 for me overall and I will 100% be coming back here for drunch soon! 

tastemaker

The aptly named 'drunch' is Bon Vivant's bottemless brunch served at weekends. It's one of the best deals in London if you want to have a boozy afternoon, spend £7 on food and get unlimited Bellinis, Bloody Marys or Prosecco. There aren't that many food options on the Drunch menu. but you have the usual classics- avocado on toast, eggs various ways, a full English and pancakes, the portions are also small so expect to get VERY drunk, like I did.. 

Tastemaker

I used to live around Russell Square so it was a lovely surprise to find a quaint little new French restaurant pop up on Marchmont Street. Also I'm a whore for soft launches because who doesn't like cheap food? But I'd still come back on a normal day, because this was some great stuff I had here. I came with a friend during lunch and we shared four dishes: the steak, the squid, a small bucket of mussels and their truffled tagliatelle. Their mussels were hands down the best dish, and even though we ordered a small bucket, it nearly got us completely full, because there was so much of it! Don't let the sauce go to waste either, and either mop it up with bread or drink it up. Their steak was nicely prepared and full of meaty goodness, while their tagliatelle was nice and buttery, although it kind of masked the taste of the truffle. But the pasta was really thick and that's the way I liked it. Well proportioned overall and a very very satisfying meal.

Tastemaker

The food here was delicious! The canard was delicious and definitely their star dish! I love the idea of the deconstructed snickers cheese cake too. The wait staff was friendly but did not know the menu too well. Maybe it was because the restaurant had just opened. The ambience is great although it can get a bit loud when sat next to a large table. The sounds seem to echo through the restaurant. Overall the value you get for such outstanding food and also the creativity shown in the dishes mean that it definitely deserves a few more visits. Location is great as it is walking distance from both Russell Square or Kings Cross.

Tastemaker

This place was amazing! We went here during their soft opening.


Love the style, all the employees were French and it has French music playing, with a really nice decor.


We came during the lunch menu and the food was absolutely delicious. For the quantity and the quality I thought the price was reasonable. 


Above all I would recommend the mussels, the large portion was absolutely huge, I just wish it came with some more garlic bread for lapping up the delicious sauce. 


I would highly recommend this place, and I am sure we will be returning to try their dinner menu as well.