Although I love French cuisine, it never seems to be a popular destination choice but classical French cooking can be outstanding. It’s just a matter of finding the right spot.
Le Sacré Coeur is a restaurant not too far from Angel tube station in Islington. If you know the area, you’ll be aware of how many popular restaurants there are in such a small vicinity, albeit some are far better than others.
This was actually the second time I visited Le Sacré Coeur, my first was disappointingly let-down by a full restaurant which I stupidly didn’t book in advance. Speaking of which, Quandoo is a brand new service that I’ve recently encountered that allow table bookings. I have no excuse in future.
The second visit was much more fruitful and with a table booked, we were seated in a tight yet cosy spot soaking in the intimate, romantic atmosphere. Even though I was dining with a friend, it made for a great evening having a catch-up amongst the dim lighting and candle-lit table. What better way is there to discuss life?
I’ve never tried snails before as there’s never been an opportunity to do so. Filled with parsley, garlic butter and a subtle lemon zest, it was more enjoyable that I anticipated with a soft yet plump texture coated by a creamy, moreish sauce.
The next starter of choice was the camembert frit; camembert cheese coated in fresh breadcrumbs, fried & served with warm red currant and raspberry coulis.
We shared both our starters but for one, would certainly have been too rich. The creamy camembert oozing out of the crispy breadcrumbs and the sweetness of the sauce gave a nice tart yet sweet lift without being too much.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had duck so it’s exactly what I needed after a hectic week. The confit dug leg was deliciously tender with plenty of flavour and served with a port & blackcurrant jus, was again sweet enough without overpowering the fatty meat. The sautéed potatoes were also seasoned well and pleasant enough but although I enjoyed the dish overall, I felt there was something lacking.
By this point, we’d reached the bottom of our bottle of red wine, so my photos came out a little more blurry than I realised.
For dessert, I was torn between my most over-eaten dessert of crème brûlée or the rhubarb tart and I let the delightful waitress aid me in my dilemma and opted for the rhubarb tart with vanilla ice cream in the end. The sharp rhubarb with the crispy yet buttery pastry was equally balanced and with ice cream served on the side, was exactly what a tart should be; comforting, sweet and rich.
Le Sacré Coeur was a delightful experience and although the food wasn’t mind-blowing, sometimes all you want in life is a girly catch-up, a few too many glasses of wine all served alongside hearty food and I certainly can see myself coming back for more.
Thanks to Quandoo for sponsoring this post. Review is independant and thoughts are always my own.
– Le Sacré Coeur, Islington