Hidden away on a quiet residential street in Putney is Emile’s Restaurant. The quiet chatter and presence of cheerful diners created a warm atmosphere. This is aided by Emile, the gregarious man behind it all, who is attentive and works by the motto: you’re as welcome as a guest at his own dinner table.
Though it’s been a firm favourite for over 27 years, the menu at Emile’s is always evolving and altering with the seasons. I eventually chose the famous Tornegus cheese soufflé to start – a melt-in-the-mouth creation paired with a delicate white wine and russet apple beurre blanc. My partner’s home-smoked pork shoulder was accompanied by rich truffle mayonnaise and pickled Jerusalem artichokes. For mains, my tender, herb-encrusted venison with a celeriac gratin and punchy sage faggot was beautifully presented. My partner’s boar saddle and pig’s cheek sausage was sumptuous, and garnished with fermented radish.
Desserts of silky blood orange parfait with a moreish Christmas crème anglaise, and syrupy roast pineapple pudding hit the spot. Emile’s impressive wine list completes the bill of fare. Despite its humble exterior, Emile’s keeps winning plaudits for its excellent food and charming service.