Review on Chez Bruce
Opened in 1995 to much acclaim, Bruce Poole's eponymous restaurant continues to shine with its top-class, if a touch idiosyncratic, modern cooking. A colourful frontage looks out onto Wandsworth Common and the décor has been revamped a few times, although it still feels comfortably relaxed.
Influences from Italy and France show up across Bruce's daily-changing menus, although the approach is very distinct: old-fashioned daubes and braises appear alongside simple grills and inspired contemporary ideas. Fillet of red mullet might be served as a starter with baby squid, aubergine purée, salted almonds and chorizo, while rusticity returns in the shape of glazed stuffed pig's trotter with ham hock, sweetbreads and mash. Rib of Aberdeen Angus beef with hand-cut chips is there for the carnivorous die-hards, while desserts keep things classic with crème brûlée, tarte Tatin with pecan ice cream or syllabub with blood orange jelly.
The cheeseboard is a star and – according to Bruce Poole – 'it forms an integral part of daily life at the restaurant.' So, too, does the magnificent, 25-page global wine list, which offers quality and value-for-money at every turn: France, Australia and the USA are the main attractions for connoisseurs.
Chez Bruce is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Bruce Poole and Matt Christmas
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri (12.00 - 3.00pm Sat)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Mon-Thu (10.30pm Fri-Sat) (6.30 - 9.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express