Franck Raymond, previously head chef at Mon Plaisir, is behind Augustine Kitchen. Franck will showcase truly authentic French dishes using produce from the Evian region. Some of the fish will be brought in fresh from Lake Geneva, depending on availability. Menu highlights include: Cassolette of snails with garlic and parsley butter; French onion soup glazed with bleu de termignon and Reblochon and green apple fritters. Mains will include: fillet of sea bream bouillabaisse; slow cooked pork shank with flageolets and sage jus and roast duck magret with spicy poached pear and timut pepper sauce. Desserts will include: Dark chocolate mousse with chocolate and caramel sauce and passion fruit sorbet; Coconut floating island with lime and vanilla custard and rice pudding, pink pralines and pistachio. Highlights from the tapas menu, available in the bar, will include: black pudding and apple tartelette; duck rillettes and Reblochon and bacon gougères.
63 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3AU
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All In London Review
Augustine Kitchen has all the makings of a neighbourhood favourite
His new restaurant in Battersea combines the traditional cooking of Mon Plaisir with produce from his native Evian. Equal billing is given to meat and fish, and given that the menu veers towards comforting French dishes, rich, creamy sauces are in abundance.
And so there’s silky bone marrow paired with a salty parmesan, shallot and anchovy crust, and creamy lobster soup made with XO Armagnac, with garlicky rouille and croutons (served in 2012’s kookiest vessel, the jam jar, not by any means the easiest receptacle to spoon soup out of.
Roast duck breast is juicy pink in the middle, served with a sweet, spiced poached pear and a peppery sauce. Roast cod with quinoa, orange and rosemary sauce sounds fairly innocuous, but this too has buttery mash and an unctuous sauce; then there’s an irresistible potato dauphinoise, again swimming in cream, but a perfect winter warmer.
For dessert we have crème brûlée, flambéed at the table, and a pot of dark chocolate mousse that has – you guessed it – generous layers of whipped cream, as well as caramel sauce and popping candy. It’s a good job there’s a nice walk over Battersea Bridge to help work some of this off.
With its crowd-pleasing menu and cosy 60-cover dining room Augustine Kitchen has all the makings of a neighbourhood favourite.
Reviewed by Leila
Published on Nov 14, 2013
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