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With a kitchen commanded by an alumni of Westminster College’s esteemed course in classical French cookery, The French Cafe walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to its esteemed, namesake genre of European cuisine. Yet, at the same time, owner and head chef David Healey has established a neighbourhood restaurant and cafe that straddles the southern border of south London’s Balham and the upper reaches of Tooting Bec that favourably lacks one sticky element of French gastronomy – pretension. Established in 2009 and counting a consistently approving contingent of the capital’s gourmets among its daily clientele, The French Cafe’s Ritherdon Road address is deeply in-demand for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and group bookings – beat the crowds and book a table today.
Good quality simple food, tender tasty chicken in sauce that wasn't overwhelming and a generous portion of mussels. Friendly helpful staff. Very pleasant outside on a summer's evening. Informal cafe atmosphere inside.
Lovely evening, great food, good value. Weather was glorious too - so lovely to sit out on the front terrace. So continental! :P We had 3 courses plus wine, 2 of us starting with the ~£10 prix fixe menu, and myself deciding that I was having a good day and ready to have all my favourites! Came to around £80 for the 3 of us - not too bad.
Very pleasant lunch with charming service. I shall be very sorry to see The French Cafe go and do hope a similar relaxed bistro will take its place.