Harden's survey result
“Just the kind of spot you expect on the market square of a small French town” – this “delightful stalwart, hidden at the back of a cobbled mews off Charterhouse Square”, is an “unchanging old friend” to its big fanclub. “Convivial, candlelit and very romantic”, its menu is “not gourmet, but it delivers classic Gallic cuisine served with a lot of charm”; and regular jazz helps “adds to the great ambience” in the evening.
“A slice of Paris in a City cobbled lane”; this long-established, “hidden-away gem” – “an attractive, rustic-style dining room with regular live piano music” – has a classic, “very Gallic”, “cosy, candlelit, and romantic” ambience of a kind “it’s so rare to find nowadays”. “The seasonal and all-French menu is packed with classics that are easy choices” and “always well-executed” (“great steaks” in particular).
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”.
Café du Marché Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Classic little French bistro, tucked away in Clerkenwell. Very much a hidden gem. Consistently tasty food and an interesting little wine list. The brilliant chaps playing live jazz in the corner much add to the charm, character and ambience of the place. One of my favourites."
"LUNCH. FOOD NOT SO GOOD AS USUAL. LAMB WAS VERY GOOD, BUT HALIBUT WAS OVERCOOKED."
|Wine per bottle||£24.95|
22 Charterhouse Sq, London, EC1M 6DX
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||6 pm-10 pm|