French Restaurant in Victoria
Chez Antoinette is a gorgeous French restaurant in Victoria. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed into a beautiful and cozy restaurant with a mezzanine. The restaurant was charming and sophisticated and wonderfully French!
We were lucky enough to meet owner, Aurelia, who originally worked as an interior designer (which is why the interiors are so beautiful!). After some time travelling, Aurelia decided that she wanted a change. Together with her husband, they set up their first restaurant in Covent Garden and named it after her grandmother – Chez Antoinette. She wanted the food to resemble good home cooked comfort French classics and with a small menu it means they can really deliver on the quality of their dishes. Now, they have expanded to Chez Antoinette Victoria!
We tried a red and a white glass of Cotes-du-Rhone (£5.75), along with French Onion Soup (£7.50) and Eggs Merrette on Toast (£7.50).
The soup was divine and a real winter warmer, as well as a French classic. The cheese on top of the bread was delicious and the soup itself had lovely subtle flavours. The Merrette on Toast had perfectly cooked poached eggs with runny yolk topped with chives.
We opted for the Bavette Steak cooked medium-rare, accompanied by roast potatoes, spinach and black pepper sauce (£18) and the Lamb Shank with carrot puree and tenderstem broccoli (£24).
Both main dishes were incredible with clear French influences. The steak was cooked perfectly, and incredibly tender with lots of flavour coming from the meat and the sauce. Similarly, the lamb shank was superb and simply fell off the bone, exactly how it should be. The carrot puree was out of this world – it had a creamy texture and gave the plate a great splash of colour as well. Both dishes were hearty mains and incredibly enjoyable.
For desserts, we opted for a French classic, The Paris Brest (£5) and the Praline tart (£5). The Paris Brest was a real delight, with soft pastry and a generous filling of praline flavoured cream, topped with almonds. The Praline tart had an amazing thick pastry base and crust and the filling was a beautiful red colour, super creamy and very nutty!
We also enjoyed a glass of Monbazillac Chateau Srange-Neuve white dessert wine (£6.50) which was light, yet very sweet . An enjoyable way to finish a wonderful meal!
Chez Antoinette is a must visit French restaurant in Victoria. The staff are wonderful and the food is amazing. It really is fantastic to see independent restaurants such as Chez Antoinette thrive and they completely deserve to. We can’t wait to try more of the menu.
East London Girl: Chez Antoinette
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