It’s been over a year since I last visited La Brasserie. I remember it clearly, sitting at the bar, ordering a cocktail and thoughts about when to start planning for a family drifting through my mind. Flash forward to 16 months later and a lot has changed – though thankfully not everything. Not my appreciation for good food and cocktails.

Over the weekend, the OH and I popped into La Brasserie for lunch. The place was busy. It was buzzing and I very much appreciated the opportunity to review La Brasserie when there was a lot going on. You get a real feel for the place, if you are new to it.

To celebrate our return, I ordered La Brasserie Martini, which included Belvedere Vodka, elderflower cordial, Château de Bligny Champagne with a twist of grapefruit – and I loved it. It felt light and yet moorish. It was the perfect balance of substance and style.

La BrasserieThe OH ordered the Chelsea Fizz, which he thoroughly enjoyed – not least because it was very refreshing.

La Brasserie For starter, I chose the St. Jacques which involved seared scallops, pea purée, red pepper coulis and crispy pancetta …

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… whilst the OH ordered the escargots (six snails in shells with garlic and parsley butter).

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For my starter, I loved the combination of the juicy scallops with the crispness of the pancetta. This dish was all about texture as much as flavour. As for the OH’s starter, I had a nibble. The snails were very tasty with a tinge of earthiness to the flavour. And I loved the garlic buttery taste.

For our next cocktail, I ordered a julep. Sorry, I can’t tell you exactly what was inside. I hadn’t taken the recipe down, thinking it would be on the website. But when I’m back there, I’ll update my post with the details. Why? Because I absolutely loved it and would recommend it (along with the other cocktails, hands down).

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As for the OH, he ordered the Bison Grass cocktail which again was fabulous. The cocktails here are consistently very good and if you live or work nearby, La Brasserie is definitely worth popping into. There’s also Happy Hour if you’re feeling slightly cautious. (You won’t regret it.)

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For our mains, I had the Dover Sole (Meunière) with new potatoes and a side of onion and tomato salad. The fish was kindly boned for me and presented impressively very tidily. I enjoyed every morsel of my lunch and I was reminded why this place was unsurprisingly very popular. This is where you go for reliably good food.

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In the meantime, the OH ordered the rib eye steak which he thoroughly enjoyed. I had a taste with the bearnaise sauce, which was excellent!

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Finally, for dessert, we both had a special treat from the restaurant: a chocolate mousse with crushed hazelnuts and a very thin biscuit layer inside. It was divine. So good and the perfect way to end the afternoon …

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… with a double espresso (for him) …

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… and a glass of Amaretto (for me) …

La Brasserie Whether you’re a devout fan of French food or not, La Brasserie will deliver on quality dishes and cocktails. And I for one, can’t wait to return for afternoon tea which La Brasserie has just started this year. It’s supposed to be amazing! Impressive cocktails and afternoon tea? Sounds like my idea of heaven …

La Brasserie, 272 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2AW.

Disclaimer: We were guest of La Brasserie, which didn’t influence my opinion in any way. So all I have to say is a big thank for such a delicious meal. It’s been a pleasure to write this review.

 

Posters of three of Karl Lagerfeld’s photographs are being given away for free at the Little Black Jacket exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. You can just help yourself!

Fines de Claire oyster starter at Colbert on Sloane Square, which officially opens tomorrow.

Little fluffy clouds over Chelsea.

Healthy breakfast at La Brasserie.

Love.

Spotted this pretty bag at Ted Baker on King’s Road.

A guilt-free hot dog!

And now, just counting down to Homeland! 😀 x

 

So far this week I’ve indulged in a take away pizza, pralines and cream ice cream and even syrup pudding – the last two together! Admittedly I’ve also been to the gym three times already this week but that’s not my point. The fact is, as the temperature continues to drop, it is so easy to reach for stodgy carbs for a bit of comfort eating.

But I can’t let that ‘winter coat’ thinking carry on because I’m going to be spending Christmas and New Year in a bikini. I can’t wait!

Needless to say, I was over the moon to be invited to La Brasserie to try their detox breakfast this morning – probably my healthiest breakfast meeting yet.

And with my green tea …

I had grapefruit …

And the mixed berries compote with greek yoghurt, which was soooo good and tasty!

And my very lovely company had the fruit salad.

La Brasserie is a great place to hang out at any point of the day or night. It’s a local’s haven and it has a french sophistication that makes you feel you could be in Paris. Definitely a great way to start the day!

Starting on Monday 6th February, La Brasserie will be running weekly wine tasting courses throughout February, in association with wine merchant Roberson Wine.

Each week will have a different focus:

On Monday 6th February, the tastings will focus on the ‘What’ of wine. Six wines will be tasted. The first will be to help hone your wine tasting technique. Then there will be two whites, followed by two reds to help you identify the major varieties. Finally there will be a ‘blind’ test to see if you can spot the key characteristics of a particular variety.

The ‘Where’ of wine will take place on Monday 13th February. Again, you will have a chance to carry out six tastings with a blind tasting at the end of the course.

Monday 20th February will involve the ‘Who’ of wine. Whilst looking at the most important wine regions with  an emphasis on the modern vs. tradtional, two wines made in the same place from the same grapes – but made by very different winemakers – will be tasted. One will be a commercial wine and one from an artisanal grower. Then you will taste two wines from the same place and grapes, but one aged with oak barrels and one without. Finally you will taste two wines from Rioja to illustrate just how different modern and traditional techniques can make wines taste very different.

The ‘When’ of wine will be the focus of the final course on Monday 27th February. This evening will focus on the impact that vintage conditions and maturity have on the development of a wine and when the best time is to drink up. Why do some wines age and others don’t? Why do people obsess about 2005 but not 2004? All of this will be discussed, in addition to how you should store wine and what to look out for when selecting mature bottles.

So, if your new year’s resolution is to embark on a wine tasting course and to learn more about wine, here’s your chance. Each course will last for one and a half hours and will cost £45. Guests who join in on the wine tasting will receive a 10% discount for a post tasting dinner at La Brasserie.

Enjoy! x

1. Chelsea’s Christmas lights will be switched on at the Duke of York Square on Saturday 5th November at 5.15pm! For more details, click here and to read my review from last year, click here.

2. Fireworks at Battersea Park on 5th November. Gates open at 6pm; the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm; and the fireworks commence at 8pm. Advanced tickets are £6 and from 5pm on 5th November, they are £10 each. It’s amazing to remember that they used to be free and that the introduction of a £2 charge was a big thing. My tip for Battersea Fireworks is to get there early, to avoid getting stuck in a long queue. Read my review from last year, here.

3. La Brasserie is celebrating the release of 2011 Nouveau Beaujolais on 17th November. With every bottle of Nouveau Beaujolais bought on this date, you will receive a complimentary Boeuf Bourguignon. Bon Appétit!

4. The Big Easy celebrates its 20th anniversary with £5.95 ribs and 95p Margaritas! Find out more.

5. The fabulous The Factory: Warhol and His Circle exhibition at Proud Chelsea on King’s Road. Read my review, here.

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