REVIEW: BRASSERIE JOEL

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went along to try out Brasserie Joël located in the Park Plaza, Westminister Bridge. We went during lunch time and although the inside is super stylish there isn’t much natural light. The black decor and red lights give the restaurant a bit of a nightclub feel, great for an evening but not sure about lunchtime.

So to the food, for starters we opted for the Beetroot Salad served with baby spinach, goats cheese curd and endless amounts of fresh white bread. The salad worked well and the beetroot had enough vingerette on it to cover the spinach without the need for extra salad dressing.

For mains we went for the Mouclade Mussels served with French fries. The mussels weren’t great to be honest, they were a little too snotty and although the sauce was tasty there wasn’t enough of it. The French fries were good, crispy and fresh although we would call them chips; they were certainly the fattest French fries we have come across.

We did try all four sides; green beans, gratin dauphinois, potato puree and braised carrots, and we can confirm we enjoyed them all particularly the dauphinois. As we were at a business meeting we couldn’t really ask too much about what the others were eating, although a few people tried the Beef Bourguignon and one said it was some of the best meat they had tasted.

We didn’t have time to try the desserts which was disappointing as we really wanted to try the Popcorn custard. We did hit the wine list and £20 gets you a decent bottle which isn’t bad. The price of lunch isn’t bad either, £18 for a two course meal or £23 for a three course. It wasn’t a bad meal but it wasn’t a great meal either. We’d definitely be willing to give it another go as the other mains all looked so good; perhaps we just made a bad choice – it wouldn’t be the first time!

Brasserie Joel, First Floor, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, SE1 7UT
www.brasseriejoel.co.uk

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