My rating: Food 8/10, Service 6/10, Value for Money 5/10
I happen to live just around the corner from Chez Kristoff so I have no idea why it took so long for me to try it out. Everyone else had been raving about it and the menu certainly looked great.
I finally got round to booking a table just before Easter. The restaurant managed to create an intimate atmosphere despite being very busy. Even at 10pm the place was full, but not unpleasantly so. The lights are dim with candles on each table.
We started off with some cocktails. I had a peach tarragon fizz. An interesting idea which worked very well. The menu is made of French bistro-style dishes. There certainly is a lot of choice! In the end we went for steak tartare followed by a duck and pork cassoulet and a dressed crab followed by lemon sole.
You will not be dissapointed by the portions here. The crab starter really was a whole crab. I always think these thing are a lot of fun especially when you get to crack the claws up! I’ve only had steak tartar twice and this was definitely the better one. The first mouthful of my cassoulet was superb. Unfortunately, by the end, I’d started to find it quite salty. The lemon sole was, apparently very good.
I think the highlight of the evening was the dessert. A beautiful fig tart with thyme ice cream. The flavour of the ice cream was perfect, the pastry was nice and crisp. To finish we got a free shot of their own cherry vodka. Apparently this is for sale in the deli next door along with other things.
The meal came to around to £100 for two. This included 2 courses each, a shared dessert, a cocktail each and a middle price bottle of wine. Yes, it is a little expensive, but i’d say it was worth it.