Tucked down a side street, La Buvette was bustling on the balmy summer evening we visited, and is clearly well loved. This French bistro has been wowing locals since 2004. The outside marquee-covered terrace is the perfect place for an intimate al fresco dinner, while inside, cosy alcoves and flickering candles add to the relaxed atmosphere. French staff present a short but varied menu that includes a prix-fixe three-course menu and a dish of the day. The salmon ceviche with asparagus mousse to start was pronounced excellent. My companion followed with onglet steak – a house speciality – served with thin frites and lamb’s lettuce dressed salad, and I chose the socca – a thick pancake topped with chargrilled vegetables. Both were excellently executed, and my vegetables were perfectly cooked. An extensive French wine list, with many varieties available by the glass, only adds to the pleasure.
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