Bastille Day Menu and a little Grey Poupon Mustard:
Kennington is a curious part of London running from scruffy Elephant and Castle down to always up-and-coming Stockwell. It’s really very central, but still remains something of a wasteland, despite the rather lovely Georgian houses in the area. And, despite having regularly driven past the junction of Newington Butts, I’d never noticed the recently opened Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec or its sister restaurant The Lobster Pot (which opened way back in 1991).
So, invited to review the Bastille day menu and venturing south, I found myself next door to the restaurant in the Lobster Pot drinking Kir Royale Creme de Mure , with the lively owner, Herve Regent. His two sons run the refurbished pub next door, one as head chef, the other in charge of front of house. And we were told that the special Bastille Day menu was very much a family affair, with everyone tasting and suggesting dishes that might work!
In the private dining room of the restaurant, we started with ‘Le Thon Mi-cuit ave sa Glace a la Moutarde de Dijon (Tuna wrapped in Crispy Filo, Herb Salad and a Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard ice-cream). The mustard ice cream was fabulous, creamy, light and piquant it worked as a perfect partner to the very rare tuna pastries.
Next Supreme de Pintade Roti sur un lit de Choux Ciseles Sauce a la Moutarde de Dijon (That’s guinea fowl with cabbage and a mustard cream sauce to you and me!). Rather more of a classic dish, this is the sort of thing I might well have a go at making at home. The Poupon Dijon mustard is quite unique, made with wine rather than vinegar it has a softer and milder taste than classic French or English mustards so perfect for cooking and dressings.
Le Camembert Frit avec sa Salade Melangee et Vinagrette a la Moutarde et au Miel was very pleasant, although, for me, the star was the honey mustard vinaigrette.
Finally, and much to everyone’s delight, a zingy orange and mustard cake ‘Le Gateau a L’Orange et som Soupcon de Moutarde’.
Upstairs for a little night music and absinthe cocktails in the Restaurant’s own Jazz Club before staggering home! The food is rather better than average French Bistro cooking at an excellent price. And, this restaurant wins a place in my heart for its passion, lively Jazz club and family warmth in a totally unexpected location.
The Bastille Day menu is available until 14th of July and Herve has very generously offered a discount for London-Unattached readers. All you need to do is mention BTL Fiona to save £5 on the four-course menu (£27 instead of £32 per person).
Brasserie and Wine Bar Toulouse Lautrec
140 Newington Butts
London SE11 4RN