Food and Drink · Out & About in London · Restaurants

La Brasserie Review, South Kensington

La Brasserie, 272 Brompton Rd, London SW3 2AW

I positively skipped to South Kensington on this beautiful Monday evening, to meet the wonderful team at La Brasserie, to be treated to some of the classiest food I have had in a very long time.  

La Brasserie opened in 1972 and defines itself as an institution. Hearty words for this charming brasserie and now I have been, seem very fitting indeed. Here’s why…

La brasserie serves an all day menu (brunch finishes at 6) and offers a wide variety of dishes to suit anyone, no matter what time of day it is. Classic French dishes such as coq au vin and boeuf bourginon sit on the menu alongside other brasserie staples like steak frites. 

We were whisked away to the best seat in the house that allowed a full view of the bustling restaurant and bar which at around 7pm started to fill nicely with young families, post shopping catch ups and couples. A cosy, chilled and relaxing vibe prevails and I’m starting to feel like I’ve just hopped off the Eurostar into a Parisian cafe.

   
 

The team have that level of attentiveness you want when dining out, that means they aren’t overly eager but always seems to be there when your wine needs topping up- which for me, is essential 

    
 The cocktail menu was a welcome sight after we settled into our corner spot, with the Brompton Road and Wild Berry Martini being our thoughtfully chosen aperitifs.   

       

 

These cocktails were zingy and refreshing and presented beautifully with fresh fruit. I finished mine pretty quickly but Otto (our waiter) made sure that I was perusing the wine menu in no time!   

 As I had chosen a steak and my other half lobster, we ordered (on recommendation) a cold white Chablis for accompanying the lobster and a spicy Bordeaux to partner the steak. C’est magnifique!

 

  Now let’s get down to business and explain in glorious technicolor what we ordered:

Starter

  • Baked Camembert with garlic, cherry jam and toast 
  • Champignons à l’ail, grilled mushrooms with garlic butter 

    

 

Main

  • Linguini de homard, half lobster, linguini & lobster sauce 
  • Rib-eye steak grillé, Caledonian crown with pepper sauce and frites

       

  

  
 Sides 

  • Broccoli 
  • Bread 
  • Olives 

Dessert

  • Tarte au citron 
  • Tarte tatin 

  

The steak, which was cooked medium and seasoned to perfection, was so tender that I hardly needed a steak knife to cut. It came served with a standard salad of watercress and roasted tomatoes on the vine but there certainly wasn’t anything standard about the quality and cooking of the Caledonian Crown steak. The pepper sauce was velvety and rich and provided a good level of heat to match the meat (a rhyme was not intended, but I like it) and with a very generous portion of fries, I was as happy as a little lamb. 
The lobster linguine contained oodles of tasty lobster (half of one to be exact) and with the sauce cooked from scratch, tasting creamy and spiked with plenty of tarragon, it was a cracker of a dish. 

The tarte au citron was indeed tart and tangy with a very luxurious lemon curd-esque filling and a sugary creme brûlée topping, balanced nicely by the sweet fruit sauce. The tarte tatin was a warming, homely experience and with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream it is a classic combination. The only downside was how incredibly full we were by the end of the evening, but even though very full, we were very happy. 

Thank you to Matthew and Susie for the invitation, to Majid and Otto for their very skilled service and finally to head chef Jamie for cooking our exquisite food. 

Thanks for stopping by, as always 

💋

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