Review on Le Chardon
Younger sister to the well established bistro in Dulwich, the Clapham branch of Le Chardon (the name is French for 'thistle') operates along similar lines, serving classic bourgeois French food right through the day in patriotic Gallic setting. The restaurant also has its own art gallery.
The menu runs all the way from rock oysters with shallot vinegar to via French onion soup to tarte Tatin. Seafood shows up well, with anything from moules marinière, baked plaice with lemon and capers or roast sea bass with garlic confit to an extravagant 'plateau de fruits de mer' - as well as Thai fishcakes with chilli sauce. Meat and game bring the cooking back on track with the likes of casseroled pheasant with, mushrooms and thyme, lamb shank with Puy lentils, and honey-glazed duck breast with roasted pepper sauce. Finish off with something classic such as crêpe Suzette or crème brûlée. The wine list flies the tricolore with plenty of good-value bottles from the French regions.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 11.00pm Mon-Sun
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express