An East Dulwich bar and brasserie specialising in gigantic and flavoursome Alsatian tartes flambées.
No relation to the famous Soho establishment of the same name, this bar and brasserie site in East Dulwich has been through as many reinventions as Madonna. It now has a deconstructed 1960s-French chalet-chic look, with music and movies to match. Chef Audrey O’Neill has brought the rich and flavoursome food of Alsace, her native region, with French wines and beers sourced by her husband Robbie.
Tarte flambée is an Alsace speciality, and it resembles a large, thin oblong pizza. The versions here are deliciously crisp: one topped with crème fraîche, smoked lardons (bacon strips) and cheeses, another with goat’s cheese and lavender honey.
A single tarte proved too huge a portion for one person, as was a hearty salad richly endowed with Bleu D’Auvergne cheese, mushrooms, more lardons and walnuts. This salad is not for the calorie-counting nibbler.
Another distinctively Alsace dish was choucroute garni (the French version of sauerkraut), and there were cheeses such as the stinky washed-rind Munster from neighbouring Vosges.
Though hardly still hungry, we managed to polish off a clafoutis – a thick slab of baked custard studded with black cherries.
The French House opens at 9am for breakfast, tasty tartines (French-style open sandwiches) and good coffee in a family-friendly café atmosphere. Lunch is served from noon-3pm, dinner from 7pm. The shared farmhouse tables and benches help crank up the lively and highly sociable vibe.
|Venue name:||The French House|
52 Lordship Lane
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 9am-11pm; Thur-Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 10am-11pm|
|Transport:||East Dulwich rail|
|Price:||Meal for two with service: around £60|
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Great little French brasserie/cafe. Music, staff, food - all really fit the feel of the place - & a good small wine list & not expensive. Lucky to have this as a local
The french house has such a welcoming and homely feel about it, with owner audrey on hand and brian the dog at your feet! Delicious pastries and tartines and never short of a great glass (bottle) of wine to go with them. All in all a great local restaurant!
Lively and fun cafe/bistro themed around the french 60's with constantly good service and quality food
Service, atmosphere and food were excellent. Wine list was limited but all wines are available either by the glass, pichet or by the bottle. The food was authentic french, the waiting staff attentive and energetic and the place was fun. You can't go wrong