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“A cosy, candlelit piece of France” – this “delightfully atmospheric building”, “tucked away” off Charterhouse Square, is “particularly lovely when there’s live music at night”, and even if its “traditional, French-bistro-style cooking” can seem “a bit old-fashioned”, it’s “honest” and “appetising”. Still tipped for business lunching, but its prime forte nowadays is being “great for a date”.
“Well hidden down an alleyway in Smithfield”, this “delightfully tucked-away” stalwart imports the ambience of a rustic French farmhouse to EC1, serving a “solidly Gallic” menu of “classic bistro fare”. By day it’s a business lunch favourite, at night live jazz adds to its “cosy, candlelit and romantic” appeal.
“Discreetly located in an alley off Charterhouse Square,” this City-fringe “classic” offers food that’s “as authentically French as it gets”; it’s the “wonderful”, “rustic” atmosphere, though, which has long made it a hugely popular rendezvous for business, and – by night, when there’s jazz – for romance.
“Be transported from Clerkenwell to a village in France”, at this “side ally secret” – an “old faithful” that’s “everything a French restaurant ought to be”; “solid” bourgeois cuisine is “charmingly” served in a “cosy and candle-lit” setting, that’s business-friendly at lunch, but seductive by night.
Café du Marché Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Nicely chosen wine list and food always a pleasure. Recently not so good at prompt service for a pre-theatre meal."
"This is the first time I've had the good fortune to combine this friendly romantic restaurant with a freindly romantic date. It was magical. Service is perfect. The food great standard. Having moules a la Normande also showed how authentic a place this is - great French food - no stereotypes. Not to mention the live band to add to that atmosphere. Parfait!"
22 Charterhouse Sq, London, EC1M 6DX
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10 pm
Last orders: 3.30 pm