Le Café du Marché
A passion for providing Gallic charm and warm service lies at the heart of Le Café du Marché. That’s why it comes as no surprise that it has stood the test of time for nearly three decades, showcasing the cuisine of provincial France. Located in a converted warehouse, this gem can be found along a quiet cobbled alley close to Smithfield Market. The ground floor restaurant is bright, airy and full of character, and there is a large private dining room called Le Grenier upstairs.
There’s always plenty to look forward to when visiting, as the carefully drafted menus are guided by the seasons and change every five weeks. The menu promises classically inspired French dishes with a sprinkling of European influences. It delivered on our high expectations when we visited, thanks to superb starters of fish soup with Gruyère, crouton and rouille, and tartlette of crab with poached egg and butter sauce. Mains to revel in include côte de boeuf with Béarnaise sauce, braised beef, and le poisson selon le marché. If you have room for afters, the plum tart with coulis framboise, and creamy vanilla and Armagnac panna cotta are bound to impress even the most passionate dessert devotees.