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Miz En Bouche

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About Miz En Bouche

Get to know traditional French cuisine without the weight at Clerkenwell’s favourite bistro-style eatery, Miz En Bouche. This works two ways. The first is to dispense with the Julia Childs’ paradigm of soaking everything in duck or goose fat. Alright, sure, we have to admit that a considered lathering with duck or goose fat goes a long way to a happy diner, but at this St John Street eatery, fresh is the focus. The second is to dispense with the trappings and pretension associated with French dining in London. Miz En Bouche’s formula is for fun, with a relaxed vibe, all day brunches, and sharing plates for a less-than-usual take on the French bistro experience.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:30 - 21:45
  • Tuesday 10:30 - 21:45
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 21:45
  • Thursday 10:30 - 21:45
  • Friday 10:30 - 22:15
  • Saturday 10:30 - 22:15
  • Sunday 10:30 - 20:45
Miz En Bouche, 316 St John Street, EC1V 4NT London

Further Information

Miz En Bouche’s co-owners Pedro and Jean Michel have hit the nail on the head when it comes to casual French dining in London. Recognising a need for a chilled-out place where diners can sample French cuisine without the fretting over cost or couture, the entrepreneurial duo decided to open up a place along Clerkenwell’s St John Street, close to Islington’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre, that would never compromise on quality (these guys have cheffed French for years in many restaurants), but to keep it eclectic, family-friendly, and totally unpretentious.

The result is now a (humble, yet powerfully popular) force in London’s French dining scene. Their cosy Clerkenwell premises are divided into two sections, meaning it’s perfect for a gathering of friends or an intimate dinner date (and of course French bistro-style cuisine is synonymous with romance). And they’ve put a spin on things down St John Street, offering not only an all-day breakfast that draws a horde from all over London, but a kind of French tapas – wild mushroom and Laguiole cheese tarts, confit of Barbary duck leg with braised radicchio, celeriac puree and a red wine jus, or a Bavette steak with homemade fries, Portobello mushrooms, and peppercorn sauce, just for example. It’s also the ideal spot to grab some dinner before the show at the nearby Sadler’s Wells Theatre in Islington.

CHEF'S CHOICE

260 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 260 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 15:00

A lovelly neighbourhood bistro atmosphere. The menu doesn't change frequently. You get to know what you like. Sea food salad is very good. All good value.

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 22:08

Fab food, fab venue, fab staff. A great restaurant with helpful, friendly staff and gorgeous food. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Go there and enjoy the experience.

1 review so far 6
10.04.2017 09:21

Excellent service pre theatre 3 course special ideal and will recommend to friends. without hesitation. It is the best place to go if you are visiting Sadlers Wells

2 reviews so far 6
07.04.2017 08:45

Friendly efficient staff great food at a fair price, our second visit and will definitely be back next time we are booked for Sadlers Wells theatre

1 review so far 6
18.09.2016 20:09

Miz En Bouche is utterly charming and VERY French. Fresh produce a superb chef and attention to detail. The restaurant is small and cosy but not cramped at all and the atmosphere is bustly and joyful with French attention to perfection and service and simply delicious food. The price of the set menu is incredibly good value for both two courses and three, and coupled with the al la carte menu made narrowing your choice very difficult from such a mouth-watering array. I had quite the best steak tartare I've ever had and couldn't help noticing some of the other delicious looking dishes as they made their way to other lucky tables. I consider Miz En Bouche a real find. Literally a 4 minute walk to Saddler's Wells. Having so enjoyed myself I'm going to have to return many more times to try the other dishes on the menu. In the words of a famous red guide, I can confidently say that Miz en Bouch is "worth a detour"!

1 review so far 6
19.11.2016 09:50

We were late for many reasons but the staff at Miz En Bouche still welcomed us warmly and we were going to the ballet but they still managed to serve us delicious food, all in good time for the raising of the curtain. Thank you so much. I am booking again for our next visit to Sadler's Wells in December.

1 review so far 6
11.10.2016 16:07

I shared lunch with a work colleague in Miz en Bouche today and was very pleased to find that the quality of the food, friendly professionalism of the staff and overall ambience were all as excellent as they had been in my previous visits. The place is quite small, which means you really feel you're getting personal service throughout and the atmosphere is about as close as you can get in central London to that of a small French restaurant. Between us we had chicken livers, duck, entrecote steak and crème brulee (finished with coffee) and all were freshly cooked, nicely presented and delicately flavoured. Thoroughly recommended.

1 review so far 6
07.01.2017 00:34

Could not fault this restaurant. Excellent service, very friendly, delicious food, very reasonable price AND they do wine in carafes. We were going to the theatre and we were able to enjoy our meal and be out in plenty of time. The management of Miz En Bouche is very very good.

1 review so far 6
11.09.2015 17:54

We just loved this restaurant. The two young people where smiley, helpful, welcoming and efficient. Great little courtyard at the back. Wanted nearly everything on the menu. Had the snapper which was wonderful (hate cooking it myself as it is a fiddle) and the black current sorbet which was yummy and great escargots. Have already recommended it to a couple of people who are going to Sadlers Wells (4 mins walk) Could you open one South of the Park? Will definitely go again. Miles better than any of the restaurants around us in the south of France!

2 reviews so far 5
08.01.2017 23:21

This is an authentic little French restaurant a few minutes walk from Sadlers Wells. Staff are very welcoming and service excellent. You need to book a table as it gets very busy because it is good. We shared a starter of cold meats and pate with nice bread and unsalted better followed by steak for my husband and an Angus medium rare burger for myself. The food was delicious and portions sensible. For dessert I had a lovely tarte tatin and my husband said the chocolate fondant was superb. We look forward to coming again. Space is at a premium but didn't detract from the experience.

1 review so far 6
21.01.2016 13:50

We had a great pre-theatre meal at Miz En Bouche. Great service, great value for money and best of all they were very accommodating with my food allergies - making sure I could have all that I ordered. Will definitely return and stay longer.

1 review so far 4
02.07.2016 09:16

Booked a pre-ballet meal for 3. We were greeted warmly and seated downstairs - the benches are a bit hard - but we had lots of room to spread out. We opted for tiger prawns, a sunshine salad and sea bass and a bottle of Picpoul. Complimentary bread and butter came swiftly. The dishes came quickly - they might have been executed with a little more finesse (the sea bass was overcooked, as was the spinach cake underneath), but everything was tasty. Clafoutis and a chocolate fondant were spot on - absolutely scrummy. We got the bill quickly, which was what we needed - and were in good time for the performance. I'd go back the next time I was in that part of London.

1 review so far 5
02.02.2017 09:19

A lovely, small restaurant in an attractive part of Islington, not far from Saddlers Wells Theatre. Good for couples, friends, groups and families. Friendly and attentive service. A lovely friendly and relaxed atmosphere. A good menu with plenty of choice, and the meal we had was delicious, and good value. Altogether a very enjoyable experience. I wasn't keen on the choice of background music - maybe something softer and more relaxing would be better - but that was my only criticism! I would definitely go there again when I next visit the area.

1 review so far 5
19.11.2016 12:49

It was very busy the day we went and I'm glad we'd booked a table. The staff coped pretty well with the numbers though and were friendly and helpful. We opted for the fixed price menu which was good value, simple, french food done well. We'd gone for lunch before a matinee performance at Sadlers Wells and were out in plenty of time in spite of every table having been taken. I thought the wines were a bit on the pricy side, but perhaps you can't have everything!

1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 07:19

We ate before going to Sadler's Wells and so it was a busy pre-theatre service but excellent and friendly and very good food. We had the set menu which was nicely judged in size and lightness of touch. Highly recommended and very close to Sadler's Wells so very convenient. On the nights of popular performances and at weekends I imagine it would be advisable to book in advance.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2016 10:43

Warm welcome at this charming French bistro near Saddlers Wells Theatre. Chose one of three starters on Special of the Day menu at 6.00pm only to be told that the chef had changed his mind and I was offered an avocado salad instead. When our starters arrived it was a smoked chicken salad, which was lovely, but a bit odd since I was having the chicken and chips as a main course! Tarte Tatin for dessert really good.

1 review so far 5
23.01.2016 10:34

Food and atmosphere perfect. This is a busy French bistro, the ideal place for a pre-theatre meal. Staff efficient and friendly. BUT - and it is a big but - there was no record of our booking and the party who arrived at the same time as us had a similar problem and were turned away. For this reason I have dropped a star and would recommend that anyone booking telephones the restaurant direct.

1 review so far 6
10.09.2016 07:54

This is a delightful little French restaurant conveniently located near Sadlers Wells theatre. The menu was short but varied and the food delicious. The set menu is excellent value. Service was prompt and cheerful. We had a very good meal, before a show, which was just right and thoroughly yummy! We will definitely be returning on a regular basis.

2 reviews so far 6
16.01.2016 09:49

We were really rushed as the tube had played up and we were due to go to Sadlers Wells but the restaurant really pulled all the stops out to not only get us served in time but to make the whole experience as pleasurable as possible. The food was great and the service brilliant would definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 04:41

excellent meal, great value, pleasant environment, friendly efficient staff, WHAT NOT TO LIKE? The whole evening was a great experience, would highly recommend to all - particularly if going to the ballet a one min walk from here but even if not please do go this young friendly team deserve for the restaurant to be a huge success.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 10:23

Delicious food and great service as always. This is why Miz En Bouche was our first choice for such a special occasion. Highly recommended if you love great food.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 10:54

The staff at Miz En Bouche were lovely and very helpful, food was too die for. Couldn't ask for anything more. Will be back next time we're in Islington.

3 reviews so far 5
10.04.2017 10:33

Have eaten here 3 times so far before going to the ballet at Sadlers Wells. Each time we have had the set lunch and each time it has been a different choice and every dish has been of a good standard. The portions are not huge but at lunchtime we don't want anything to heavy. Simple food cooked well, in a small restaurant with friendly staff. A great find.

3 reviews so far 6
17.01.2016 00:11

As a frenchie I can validate the food is up to a typical French bistro..... Even better the price is totally reasonable. L'art de vivre à la française. When it comes to service... Nice, fast and pragmatic. Thank you for a lovely time! I hope to have the opportunity to be back soon. Simplicity at its best!

1 review so far 6
05.12.2014 12:08

We enjoyed out meal at Miz En Bouche, an interesting menu, good ambience and friendly staff. They do a very house red wine and a good espresso martini

4 reviews so far 5
31.03.2017 23:30

What is offered is simple bistro fare with a bit of flare and imagination. Cooking is quite competent and the menu offers reasonable choice in a very pleasant atmosphere and at a very reasonable price. This is not gourmet food, but does not pretend to be so. It is well placed for pre-theatre at Sadlers Wells. It was our first visit, but we will return.

1 review so far 5
19.12.2016 07:49

Tucked away beyond most of the other eateries on St John's Road it would be easy to miss this little gem. Our pre- theatre brunch experience here was faultless. Great value for money, simple but well cooked food, delicious cocktails and attentive and friendly service. Don't let the slightly garish lime green awning and decor put you off. I've already recommended it to my mum!

1 review so far 6
23.09.2016 14:30

The menu was short but varied, and thus all freshly cooked. The food was good, and the service very friendly and helpful. The building is low key and a little quirky, giving a nice informal atmosphere. Overall a very pleasant experience for five of us eating out to celebrate a birthday, and good value.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 09:46

Very friendly service. Food was very good too, we were not rushed. We spent there far longer than anticipated enjoying our food. My steak tartare was delicious, others had duck and burger. Both very good and generous portion. One of the few restaurants where the burger comes cooked as asked for, not overdone!

1 review so far 6
23.01.2016 21:01

When we arrived at the restaurant there was no booking for us (made via Quandoo and confirmed two days before). They found us a table, made us very welcome and gave us a delightful pre-theatre dinner. What we would have done if they had been unable to help us I am not sure.

1 review so far 4
26.01.2017 08:53

Just a few steps away from Sadlers Wells. Friendly staff. Not a large restaurant so a more cosy atmosphere. Service on the slow side so allow for that when reserving a table if you need to get to the theatre. I'd suggest 2 hours if wanting two courses. Food of a good standard especially the fish dishes. Only one ladies toilet so a bit of a queue likely especially when everyone preparing to leave to get to the theatre

1 review so far 5
28.12.2016 09:11

Very sweet staff, good and interesting choice of French orientated food well presented and cooked, nice place with good atmosphere. Slight minus was that quite a few things on the menu were not available - but it was 27th December and a 2 day bank holiday must be a nightmare for restaurants. At least they were open!! Also good vegetarian options.

1 review so far 3
27.07.2015 12:24

Three out of four of us ordered the chicken breast with bear aide sauce, fries and salad garnish. We were all about non-pleased wither dish, including my husband who is a chef. Rather bland in terms of seasoning and rather limited in the way it was presented...soggy fries too. Great creme brûlée on the other hand and good ice-cream. Slightly slow service considering we were pressed for time as we had theatre tickets. Despite this, the experience was made enjoyable by a great waiter who was helpful and attentive and also made a laugh, which went down well.

1 review so far 6
23.02.2017 09:23

I've been here before for dinner, which has been great - last week's visit was for brunch, which also did not fail to disappoint. The staff were friendly (remembered us from previous visit), delicious food and a really relaxed atmosphere on a Sunday. Will be sure to come back!

1 review so far 4
07.02.2017 15:41

Lunchtime booking for 7. Was quite a busy lunch service, so a popular place which is a good sign. While the service was friendly, they were over-stretched and food was slow to arrive. Quality was pretty good, though my burger was on the small side. Good creme brulee for dessert; tarte tartin OK but not quite so good. Third time I've been and similar experiences each time. Decent food, but slowwwww....

1 review so far 4
11.01.2016 11:36

Good food and atmosphere, think we were just a little unlucky as it was very busy and new staff had joined, plus a very large party sat down just before us. We had to wait a little longer for drinks that is ideal but we had plenty of time. Varied menu, brunch was perfect for us ahead of a visit to Sadlers Wells, which is within a few minutes' walk.

1 review so far 5
16.12.2016 23:13

Miz En Bouche is a lovely place, affordable, tasty and excellent service. Recommended - especially if you're heading onto Sadlers Wells afterwards (as it's right around the corner).

4 reviews so far 6
03.08.2015 09:58

Miz en Bouche never fails. The food is always great, the set menu excellent value, and the service efficient. On our last visit, pre-theatre, the place was almost full but somehow the staff managed to deal with everything with little or no delay. We'll be back.

2 reviews so far 6
11.09.2016 11:19

We went there for a pre theatre dinner. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere, food was nice, not too expensive and served within the time we had and the service was done with a big smile. You were genuinely made feel welcome. We will be back!

1 review so far 5
05.01.2017 10:56

It is a restaurant with a nice familiar feel to it. The waitress kindly accommodated my mother when she asked for a different table due to her hearing difficulties. The food was delivered promptly and was tasty. My steak was a perfect medium. Service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive. An easy recommendation.

2 reviews so far 6
06.03.2016 19:01

Well cooked classics and not so classics. Great service. Nothing over complex and reasonable prices. Nice warm atmosphere even when mostly empty. I had the standard menu. She had the full English and said it was the best one she ever had ... !

1 review so far 5
23.03.2017 16:14

What a great find. Wonderful authentic food and drink. The three of us all had something different for main and pudding. All were well presented and tasted fabulous. Staff were friendly and helpful. The feel of the place was busy but not rushed, bustling but not loud. Would definately recommend.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 07:36

This is a great little bistro with good quality food, a modestly priced wine list and excellent, friendly service. The 'Prix fixe' menu is great value, but à la carte is also well priced. Super-convenient for Sadlers Wells and highly recommended

1 review so far 6
02.01.2017 12:16

We went on News Year Eve, after visiting Sadlers Wells and were treated to great food, perfectly cooked and the staff were extremely welcoming and give us a wonderful warm party atmosphere rounding off a fun evening. Will definitely go again.

1 review so far 5
17.12.2016 21:18

A very friendly, cosy French restaurant. We both enjoyed the food we chose and it was good value, especially the set menu. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We visited after a matinee at Sadlers Wells and will eat here again next time we go to Sadlers Wells

1 review so far 5
12.11.2016 23:00

Very good food, good quantities, fast service (can occasionally be a bit slow but not this time) and fairly comfortable. Note: some seats don't have backs--if that bothers you ask for a table with proper seats. The set meal is excellent value if you like what us on it.

1 review so far 5
21.02.2016 08:22

We visited for an early pre-theatre dinner. The restaurant is lovely and cosy and the welcome was very friendly. The food was good, not great, though I felt that some portion sizes were a little small for the price. Service was great. Overall, we had a very good experience.

1 review so far 5
05.08.2015 09:57

Despite stating that restaurant was open for business at 6:00, we had ordered the set menu by then and were served promptly by an amiable waitress. Food was was tasty, simple and well presented; house red wine was eminently quaffable. We will return for a pre theatre supper again.

1 review so far 5
17.04.2016 09:23

Small but lovely venue situated very conveniently for Sadler's Wells if, like us, you're after a pre- theatre dinner. Food was good, service was a little behind the pace but this was understood by the staff and they worked very hard to make amends. Would definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
22.01.2016 18:13

Compact but very friendly and ideally located if you're heading to Sadlers Wells. Lovely selection of French Bistro classics and I can recommend the Steak Tartare - more ingredients than usual (tomatoes, coriander) but very more-ish. Would definitely book again.