Review- L’eau à La Bouche

L’eau à La Bouche- meaning ‘mouth watering’ is a small restaurant and deli in Broadway Market, London specialising in authentic French cuisine.

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Like most London restaurants, L’eau à La Bouche is a small venue with shared tables and benches as seating and there is always a crowd milling in and out to buy goods from the deli (which is only separated from the dining area by some shelving).

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Venetia ordered the salad of the day with buckwheat while I ordered ‘The Meltdown’ sandwich stuffed with cheese, tomatoes and shallots.

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Both meals were pretty nice, nothing really special but nice none-the-less. The bread of my sandwich was really good and the salad was a nice addition (usually I find the dressing takes away from the sandwich but this one was nice and simple).

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The atmosphere of the restaurant is nice, the large windows allow you to watch people milling around, between the market stalls. However, it was a little too cramped and hectic; one lady with a baby struggled to just get a small buggy into the dining area. It isn’t the most relaxing place to eat.

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The deli, however, is L’eau à La Bouche’s saviour. The crumbly French pastries, cured meats, olives, bottles of wine and wonderfully smelly French cheeses are matched with multi-coloured boxes and tins of al kinds of wonderful food including confit of duck, chocolate truffles and sugared bonbons.

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I’m not sure that I’d return to L’eau à La Bouche to eat, but I definitely would recommend a trip to the deli for authentic French food and those hard-to-find ingredients.

 

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