You can’t help but be charmed by Casse-Croûte. The red and white checked tablecloths. The chunky white plates with the blue rim. The checkerboard floor and mounted vintage posters. It’s enough to transport you to the bistros of Paris, all while perched in South London; Bermondsey to be precise.
While the interiors are chic, it’s the food that keeps diners coming back for more. This bijou restaurant writes the daily menu on a blackboard – once it’s gone, it’s gone. But you’re in for a treat whenever you visit. There might be tarte au citron or Îles flottantes, lapin à la moutarde, or soupe au pistou. It’s hard to say what precisely you’ll be contentedly sighing over, but it’s sure to be good and très Français.
The drinks menu, meanwhile, is much easier to predict, seeing as it’s a well put together selection of French wines (served by the glass, carafe, and bottle), as well as a decent selection of aperitifs and digestifs. You can expect everything from Lillet to Absinthe La Maison Fontaine. While it may be a world away from Paris’ Left Bank, Casse-Croûte is more than worth a trip south of the river in London.