Cheese. Beef. France. Perfection! When I heard about new restaurant Bordelaise in Tooting, it sounded like my idea of heaven. As any regular readers of the blog will know, those are some of my favourite things in life, so I was really excited to pay Bordelaise a visit, especially as it was a new local business. Located in the heart of Broadway Market, it’s a small and cosy venue. Many of the restaurants in my area, Bordelaise included, have been given glowing reviews in media outlets like Time Out and Evening Standard recently, our lovely Tooting is certainly growing in popularity!
We took a seat in the restaurant, set up with traditional wooden tables and red walls adorned with French art, and tried a Swiss beer to begin with (‘1936’), I believe a first for me, and it was really nice – light and refreshing!
We were presented with the cheeseboard and offered three to choose from – it was so difficult to decide (first world problems, but a real problem for a cheese lover!). I was of course tempted by the Comté but considering I have plenty of it in my fridge from work, I thought I should try something different. After much deliberation, we settled on the Livarot, Epoisses and Morbier (I still kept an element of the Jura in there!)
We were also served served Charcuterie and cornichons with bread – a very generous portion with plenty of meats.
For main course, Tim went for the restaurant’s staple dish, the flat iron steak with bordelaise sauce (of course!) and I chose the steak bun.
We ordered a side of creamed spinach and beef dripping french fries, and I was delighted to see that there was bone marrow on the specials menu, so of course we had to go for this too!
The beef melted in your mouth (both the flat iron and in the bun) and the sauce was beautifully rich. The sides were all very tasty, especially the bone marrow – the Provencal breadcrumb topping was delicious and it was a very generous portion. There’s nothing I hate more than a tiny serving that you have to poke at with a teeny tiny fork!
We didn’t know if we could manage a dessert, but the sound of the chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream made our mouths water, we had to share one. And we’re so glad we did. It burst open with rich, warm chocolate and was perfectly paired with the ice cream. There was definitely some spoon wars going on here between the two of us! I saw someone tweet that they’d tried it and it was, I quote, ‘better than sex with anyone other than the man I was with’. Brilliant!
You can find out more on their website here. We’re definitely be returning and very soon – we’re keen to try out the Sunday lunch menu, where you can get a hearty roast served with dauphinoise potatoes and green beans for £14, or for £24 with bottomless bubbly! It’s wonderful to have a bit of fabulous French flair in Broadway Market.
I was invited to review Bordelaise but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.