Street Eats: Bon Vivant

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If you think of French cuisine as classic but a touch antiquated, think again – and give Bon Vivant a visit!

What to Expect

Bon Vivant maintains the classic charm of French dining with an intimate dining space, plush booth tables, and Breton-striped waiters (!) while their menu is full of innovative touches, bringing French cuisine into the 21st century.

What to Eat

Start with the Moules A La Crème (mussels, white wine, shallots, garlic, fine herbs and garlic baguette), a house favourite so good you’ll be mopping up every last drop (it’s what the French do…), and don’t miss the Tartare de Boeuf (hand cut beef, condiments, quail egg and bread crisps), which is delicately flavoured and wonderfully tender.

The Cod, with spinach, carrots, clams, bourbon velouté and fine herbs, has both finesse and flavour, while the special of the day (Bon Vivant have a different special everyday) was Beef Short Rib, served with butternut squash purée, peas, and a sauce we later discovered was a Kahlua based jus. Coffee liqueur and beef shouldn’t work…but hats off to the chef because we could have eaten it twice!

What to Drink

The cocktails are inventive – go for the Burlesque (a sparkling cocktail with Fair Goji Liquor). And of course the wine list is what you would expect of a fine French establishment – the Mâcon (Domaine Dupré 2015) was a perfectly balanced Burgundy, light enough to pair with the cod but with enough body to accompany the beef.

Best For…

A sophisticated dining experience full of French chic.

Don’t Miss

Save room for pudding (brilliantly labelled ‘mischief’ on their website) – the Earl Grey Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Fondant were both divine.

Bon Vivant | 75-77 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AP

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