It never ceases to amaze me how the culinary gentrification of the London Bridge area doesn’t seem to be letting off steam. Particularly the extremely popular Bermondsey street is a shining example of this. And now with the arrival of Casse Croute South Londoners have a viable option if they want to indulge in proper French Bistro dining (which was definitely a missing piece on Bermondsey Street’s culinary map).
The team behind Casse Croute reads like a who-is-who from London’s gastronomy almanak (manager and owner also acts as manager at the ever popular Jose and Pizarro, head chef used to be head chef at Morgan M and sommelier formerly worked at Arts Club). The restaurant itself is tiny (similar size to Jose on the other side of the street), but than it being a hindrance it makes for a very cosy atmosphere inside.
When we visited Casse Croute we tried the following dishes:
- Rosette de Lyon & Saucisson (8/10)
- Cold melon & pancetta soup (9/10)
- Tartare de daurade (9/10)
- Salade de rognon veau (8/10)
- Rillette (9/10)
- Jaret de veau (8.5/10)
- Quail a l’orange (9/10)
- Fromage de comte (8/10)
- Gateau au chocolat (9/10)
- Tarte de citron (9/10)
We decided to visit Casse Croute in the first week of opening; fully aware that this is always risky endeavor as it generally takes a restaurant a few weeks/months to break in and run smoothly. We need not have worried, as the service and food were already very good when we went. The menu changes every day, so there is not much use in recommending one particular dish. The menu consists of a few charcuterie items, 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts. We tried almost the entire menu and liked all the dishes, particularly the Tartare de Daurade (basically ceviche), Quail and Orange, Tarte au Citron.
The total bill at Casse Croute would have been £89 (including 4 glasses of wine), but because it was opening week we paid 50% of the normal food price.
The food rating for Casse Croute: 8.5/10
The service rating Casse Croute: 9/10
The overall rating for Casse Croute: 8.5/10
(The overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)