Since La Brasserie, London’s first all day brasserie, was established in 1972, it has been popular with locals and visitors alike. Recently the founder-owner reinvigorated the venue by installing a large cocktail bar named Pierre’s Bar and as result I have become a regular at this Brompton Cross institution.
La Brasserie, Brompton Cross, SW3
La Brasserie has always attracted personalities but of late the likes of the young royals, Mickey Rourke and Jude Law have also become also regulars. The customer base, though still predominated by customers of thirty years standing, has consequently become much younger and the atmosphere has improved hugely. Sat alongside Chelsea grande dames, businessmen sipping coffee and the local drinking set, La Brasserie is now a place to meet, eat, drink and be merry however young or old you are.
Peter Godwin, founder and owner of La Brasserie with his team of chefs
The menu is classically French and my favourite has to be the £11.90 omelette paysanne à l’oseille made with sorrel, ham and gruyere and served with frites. The boeuf bourguignon is wholesome and filling and for £18.80 represents great value for money but the restaurant is best known for its £7.70 soupe à l’oignon. Other favourites include the full English breakfast priced at £11.70 and a rather large portion of steak tartare priced at £19.90.
Alex Flores behind Pierre's Bar
Pierre’s Bar itself is ably run by cocktail maestro Alex Flores who has developed an extensive range that includes such classics as martinis, mojitos and the Negroni. These are joined by more recent favourites such as the Porn Star Martini (which comes accompanied by a shot of champagne) and an extensive list of French wines at prices starting at a most reasonable £17.80 a bottle. Daily from 5pm to 7pm, La Brasserie holds a two-for-one happy hour and this does indeed attract a jolly bunch of eccentrics.
Events are also a regular feature at La Brasserie. On the 2nd October they host an evening with Henry Blofeld and Henry Olonga in conjunction with the Lashings cricketing organisation whilst on Monday nights throughout the month of October they will also conduct wine tasting courses for £45 per head.
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La Brasserie, 272 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2AW. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7581 3089. For more information see http://www.labrasserielondon.com
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