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Chez Bruce

Restaurants, French Wandsworth
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(16user reviews)
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Chez Bruce

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A smart French restaurant on the corner of Wandsworth Common.

If Chez Bruce were a jacket it would be a well-cut blazer – not especially original, but stylish, tasteful, classic and totally dependable. Bruce Poole’s gaff may have a Michelin gong to its name, but it’s still Wandsworth’s favourite neighbourhood restaurant – a place where you can enjoy polished French-inspired food without the fawning service or killer prices of some other lauded establishments. Expect gutsy, big-boned seasonal flavours ranging from deep- fried calf’s brains with sauce gribiche, morteau sausage and celeriac to roast cod with olive- oil mash, Provençal vegetable relish, grilled leeks and monk’s beard. The cheeseboard is one of London’s great whiffy treasures, and the stonking 600-bin wine list knocks most of the competition out of the park.

 

By: Time Out London Food & Drink

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Address: 2 Bellevue Road
London
SW17 7EG
Transport: Tube: Wandsworth Common rail
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £170.
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Users say (16)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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tastemaker

Chez Bruce, somewhat surprised me!, having heard lots of great reviews from friends on this one Michelin star restaurant. My expectations were set very high. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love amazing food but equally expect amazing service, ambiance and great washrooms. The first thing you notice is the portion size, Chez Bruce delivers rustic French cuisine in portions that are both hearty and filling. The unfussy plates dont pander to the modern minuscule servings and fussiness I have becomes accustomed to. The food quality and flavour combinations speak for themselves. A knowledge sommelier and patch service make for an interesting-evening. Dining a few seats away is the infamous Gordon Ramsay. The bathrooms are in dire need of refurbishment, overall the food kicked ass and highlighted why year on year this place retains its star. Great fresh ingredients, authentic cooking of timeless classic French cuisine .

tastemaker

A genuine classic. Elegant, refined and discrete. We were a party of 13 celebrating a friend's birthday, and had a private room upstairs. We had a really delicious and varied 3-course menu, and service was impeccable. 


Chez Bruce is not the kind of establishment where waiters keep asking 'is everything ok'.... they know it is, so there's no need to keep interrupting to check! And even with a large booking, they knew exactly who ordered what and didn't have to check whose food was whose when delivered to the table. 


It's not cheap, but you don't get food and service like this on a shoestring. Highly recommended. 




Exquisite food celebrated simply and elegantly. Service is exceptional and the menu is seasonal and exciting. The wine list is extensive with experienced sommeliers on hand to advise. One of the best restaurants in London.


My favourite local restaurant and one that is consistently good - I've been a regular for 10+ years and rate the food and service. Value for money is excellent and the wine list broad enough for all pockets. Only thing I struggle with is the jeans and trainers policy - these are allowed and this seems a shame for a smart restaurant but guess it fits with being a local eaterie

Staff Writer

Whether lunch or dinner, weekday or weekend, the standards are consistently high, the food amazing. It is no wonder Chez Bruce is constantly amongst the best places to eat in London. Service is impeccable, great sommelier, amazing wine list. The staff seem to effortlessly look after diners each time we have been there, making the experience perfect.

Staff Writer

Am always amazed by the value you get here especially at lunchtime. Service is always very professional without being overly stuffy


For my first trip in several years, I took my wife and in-laws for Saturday lunch last week - Chez Bruce remains one of the best value fine dining restaurants in London. The service is perfect - from warm savoury biscuits when you arrive to the surprise shortbreads after coffee. Perfect service, helpful sommelier, knowledgeable staff and accomplished food made for a long and very pleasing lunch.


Have now had a few disappointing trips to CB and will not be returning (after having been a customer for a good 10 years) - the time before last, my main course (cod with olive oil mash) was incredibly salty so had to go back and my husband was left eating on his own while I waited for it to reappear, and when it did I was told that the chef said it was fine - which it really wasn't. What happened to the customer is always right...? Admittedly they gave us a couple of extras later to try to make up for it but it did spoil the meal. Last time (a week ago) I had the foie gras starter, John Dory main and cheese and woke up at 4am, very ill, with what I assume (albeit this was not medically tested) was food poisoning; another one of our party who had the same main course was also ill the next day. Several days later, there has still been no response from the restaurant to our email telling them about this - not great particularly given the cost of the meal (despite the set price you can really whack up the bill with aperitifs, wine choice and the dreaded "supplements" as mentioned below). I must say on the positive side that the service was excellent, but overall I would also agree that the quality of the food, while still good (illness aside!), is not "outstanding" as it used to be prior to the restaurant's expansion. Next time, I will be going to Trinity in Clapham!


The food was over-rich and in the case of the oxtail starter, downright oily. The one star is for the excellent blood orange sorbet. The broccoli with my main course was overcooked and soggy. When I complained I was told I was wrong, and that Bruce had tasted it and it was as it should be. While this may have been right, as the customer I don't expect to be addressed in a patronising tone (by the restaurant manager) and would have appreciated a straightforward apology and some new broccoli. Surprisingly they docked a pudding off the bill, but with no explanation connecting it to the complaint. I got the distinct impression they were not going to admit they had made a mistake. I feel ithe biggest mistake is for a Michelin chef to tell me soggy broccoli is 'as it should be' - crikey, hasn't he heard of 'al dente?' I think this restaurant really needs to think about their customer service, particularly the rather condescending manner of the manager. We were taken aback by the lack of warmth and welcome in a restaurant of that apparent calibre. That, and the fact that a Michelin chef thinks soggy broccoli is acceptable, means I won't be going again.


As it was my thirtieth birthday it was definitely a time to call on the big guns. Apart from the fantastic service I found the whole experience a tad average. My first course of scallops with a cauliflower puree was exceptional but my main course of bream was a little basic and the 'Mont Blanc' desert was a set of flavours that didn't quite work together. If you are after the tried and tested French style evening then I can think of no better place but if you regard modern cuisine to have moved on in leaps and bounds in the last tens years (like I do) then London is packed full of other restaurants for you. P.S. just wanted to say once again how good the service was, the sommelier that I encountered (obviously different to one in a different review) was very informative and the waiters were efficient and friendly.


Excellent and surprisingly warm service and Time Out description spot on as usual, but not my kind of food. Rather go to Galvin bistro de luxe or Zucca.


Excellent food, a wide ranging wine list and fantastic service. Andy must of been particularly unlucky - as we had three delicious courses each, a unique Austrian white and all for a very reasonable £160. Would recommend whole heartedly.


Very good food, excellent wines and unobtrusive service! I received what I had expected from this gem of a restaurant over looking wandsworth common. A good meal, although the cheese board was great, but it's amusing that they take so much care with the portion sizes.. But it's always sufficient. a new favourite of mine


I spent a month looking forward to dinner at Chez Bruce. Upon arrival we were tucked away behind a mirrored pillar where I was destined to spend the rest of the evening catching glimpses of my own disappointed reflection. 25 minutes before we got a glass of wine on the table from a sommelier who told me the Amarone was 'very fruity' and was unable to elaborate further. Very good warm pigeon salad to start and very average venison to follow (£5 surcharge), dessert of reasonable tart. Largely ignored by staff who saw fit to faun over a rather loud American couple behind us. Cheese board looked exceptional but I had lost my temper by this point in proceedings. For the only time in my life I refused to pay service as there had been none. Expressed my displeasure to a manager whose offer of 'a better experience' on our next visit I have so far declined. There are many better places to eat that are far more convenient to get to. I hope your experience is less excrutiating than mine.

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