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It can feel “magical”, especially when the pianist is playing, at this “romantic, candle-lit and cosy” old Gallic bistro, just off Charterhouse Square, which has been a “reassuringly unchanging” feature of the area since long before the environs of Smithfield became fashionable, and its “classic (if perhaps unadventurous) cuisine” is “always a great pleasure”.
“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.
Café du Marché Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Traditional French cuisine in a very Gallic (and squished) restaurant. Although perhaps not the most imaginative of menus, the dishes are always well executed. Always a delight to dine here."
"It's so rare these days to find a restaurant that offers a warm and intimate atmosphere, including gentle piano music, as well as food worth making the trip from the other side of London. And the wine list is excellent and reasonably priced!"
"A delightful lunch in this charming little dining room located by Charterhouse Square (you know - the one where Hercule Poirot has his London flat). Very Gallic - to the extent that I had some difficulty cutting through our waiter's strong accent."
"Nice food and hugely knowledgeable sommelier"
"Pleasant but not special."
"Nicely chosen wine list and food always a pleasure. Recently not so good at prompt service for a pre-theatre meal."
22 Charterhouse Sq, London, EC1M 6DX
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10 pm
Last orders: 10 pm