"Chaotic little restaurant offers tasty French food"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
French wine bar Terroirs is cluttered; its walls are covered with pictures, mirrors, French signs and other relics that no doubt mean something to the owners. The busy walls manage to somehow work with the dark wooden furniture without seeming too hectic. In terms of attendance however, it’s quite another matter.
It’s a busy Saturday lunchtime, and a smiley French waiter flits past us a few times until we get his attention. We’re surrounded by a mixture of tourists and museum-goers attempting to shelter from the downpour outside. We just about manage to select a Macon-Villages white Burgundy from the mammoth wine list before ordering food.
The menu is small yet perfectly formed: a few small plates, five ‘plats du jour’, some cheeses and an enticing selection of charcuterie dishes. The ‘downstairs’ has a different menu with a little more to choose from (in keeping with the current trend for separating the various floors of a venue), however we’re famished, and we’ve already spotted what we want.
The Montbelliard Choucroute sausage (£12) arrives plonked on top of a pot of tasty lentils. The sausage is smoky like a Frankfurter, but much plumper. The lentils are slightly peppery and surprisingly filling. A plate of steak tartare (£7) is rich yet being one of the small dishes is not overbearingly so; the same goes for the deliciously creamy whole Dorset crab in mayonnaise (£12).
We ponder over desserts (prunes in Armagnac, crepes, bitter chocolate) but end up making a dash while the clouds momentarily part. A meal at Terroirs is a great way to try various tapas-sized dishes, just be prepared for the chaos at this little eatery.
Leila reviewed Terroirs on Wed 19 May 2010