On visiting friends in London, they asked where I would like to eat before I head back to the states. I say "French" of course! ;) Wanting to stay local (SW18 area) they recommended Bellevue Rendezvous. Perfection. It is a casual and quite spot on for a French restaurant. It can be casual, dressy or just wanting to squeeze in that crave for good French food. I highly recommend it and the prices are not that high. Absolutely delicious and great service. Thank you!
Microwaved great staff though fake candles
It's all about the cheese! I can't work out why I have never been to this cute, non-pretentious, not too expensive French joint. It's just around the corner from Wandsworth Common and yummy!
The food... me with my 1950's farmer tastes skipped starters and went for the rabbit followed by a cheese board. The rabbit was just how I have always imagined it should be but have never quite got before. Flavoursome, soft and substantial, served on a parsnip mash with caramalised onion... I did manage to steal a little asparagus from Mr Rupert's sea bass as I felt I needed a bit of colour on my plate to prepare me for the cheese... Oh the cheeeeessse.
We were presented with a platter as big as our table with I am sure 15 plus different cheeses for us to choose from. What a choice... pure heaven. And off we rolled home.
*A word for the wise, if it's a hot summer night...make the most of it and book an outside table. Mr Rupert and I didn't, so were inside on one of the warmest evenings this year.
Beetroots. Anyone remember the Monty Python spam skit? I kind of did redux with it with Beetroot. You can have anything you want, so long as it has beetroot in it. 'well the eggs, sausage, beetroot' doesn't have too much beetroot in it!
But that's okay, it was wonderful. I had a starter with red mullet and beetroot, and moved onto beetroot risotto. The other 5 in the party had beetroot in at least one and mostly two courses with many enjoying beetroot in the salad. Obviously they had fresh beetroots and that's kind of what it's about isn't it. All our our meals were prepared very well with nice fresh ingredients. A number of us had duck which I am told was fine.
We shared some cheese to close which was quite fine. The wine selection was fine. We had a couple bottles at nice prices including a 2003 St. Julian under 50.
We will return and I expect whatever is fresh (seasonal) and nice will dominate the menu.
In a neighbourhood already spoiled for choice - Chez Bruce and about a dozen others round the corner - Bellevue Rendez-vous is a fine addition to Wandsworth's dining scene.
It's the sort of French place that France does so well and London often attempts to copy and generally fails. A simple menu - and there wasn't a thing on it I didn't fancy - charming surroundings, lovely staff, and excellent hearty cooking.
The menu offers two options, a very sensibly priced a la carte - you'd be pushed to break the £30 barrier for three courses - and a bargain set menu at £19 for three courses. From the former, carrot soup was sweet, smooth and very well made, while the braised rabbit was also met with murmurs of bunny-eating delight. I went for the set menu and a seasonal quiche - light, gently cheesy, packed with good veg - and probably the best confit of duck I've had this side of the Channel.
The cheese board looked astonishing - and a bargain at £8.50 - but I'd been eating cheese all day professionally (Long story) so instead opted for a shared chocolate fondant, which rounded the meal and us off in rich fashion.
With carafes of very decent wine available at £10 for the half litre, Bellevue is a lovely rustic experience in SW London. Every neighbourhood should have one. If only the property in the region wasn't so expensive: this is the best argument yet for moving - gulp - south of the river.
EVERY single time...
I can't believe how consistent the good folks at BR really are. Great service, incredibly fresh and beautifully prepared meals and with the new and improved extended wine menu...you are in for a treat. Affordable, delicious and a great atmosphere. The cheese board...STOP IT...amazing. Tried pork cheeks last night and the infusion of herbs and spices were simply divine. The wine I wanted was sold out so the waitress recommended another...AND she saved me £7!! So, what are you waiting for....BOOK IT
I can't believe we have lived within walking distance of this restaurant for years (actually remember it in its previous incarnation as an Italian), but haven't visited it until a couple of weeks back.
The menu is quite short and changes regularly, and the food was absolutely excellent! I had a very filling cassoulet (delicious, with belly of pork and a duck leg). The cheese selection was vast compared to what you often get even in restaurants that call themselves French, and I was so full that I actually struggled (well, a little bit) with the dessert (apple tart with cinnamon ice cream). And the bill for the whole lot was more than reasonable.
Unusually for a French restaurant they also have a take-away menu, but the extremely friendly atmosphere makes a visit in person certainly worthwhile.
This is now definitely our new favourite French restaurant in London, especially since the Old Clapham has closed down.
Lovely staff, family run, consistently delicious food. Best steak I've ever eaten.
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