Never have I had so much neighbourhood envy than when I dined at St John’s newest gem, Soutine – a Parisian Cafe and Restaurant, named after the French-Russian expressionist artist Chaïm Soutine, by renowned restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King.
How I wish it was located on my own high street as it is a place I know I will return to time and time again, because it allures so much charm, amazing hospitality and the menu is incredible, whether you want to pop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks at its stunning bar. Oh..the lucky people of St Johns Wood!
Walking up to the restaurant, I felt like I could be in Paris, with the decor bringing back nostalgic moments of lunches spent at French bistros devouring classic French favourites.
At Soutine, the cuisine is predominantly French-inspired with some Russian touches to honour it’s namesake. Art features heavily in the interiors of the restaurant, with amazing art on display alongside the decorative panelling in the dining room. It is a stunning restaurant that exudes warmth and somewhere you want to cosy up in for a lovely meal. I loved how it has payed homage to its location too, which was renowned for art in the 19th and 20th centuries. Corbin and King’s restaurants always have a lovely story to go with them and this is what makes them that much more special.
You always know that the service is excellent when they pay the utmost attention to details, and the restaurant manager came up to us and introduced himself and asked whether I would like a Mojito. If you are a regular reader of my blog or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that it is my favourite drink.
What’s more is that it was made perfectly and I thoroughly enjoyed it so I know I will definitely be back for drinks with friends as well as food! If its wine you enjoy with French cuisine you will be pleased to find that they have an extensive wine list available, which I will be sure to order from on my next visit.
To start off with I chose my all time favourite Hors d’Oeuvres, Soupe à l’Oignon. To me there are a few more things more comforting than a delicious bowl of French Onion Soup in a Parisian cafe, and Soutine’s version hit the spot, exacerbating my neighbourhood envy.
My dining partner opted for the Oak Smoked Salmon with Shallots and Capers, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. I am not a massive Salmon fan and so I didn’t try it but judging by how quickly she devoured it I can imagine it was a fantastic choice to start with and she commented on how fresh and flavoursome it was.
For mains we both went for a classic – the Steak Frites with sauce Béarnaise and a side of salad. This is a very popular dish found in most French brasseries and consists of steak paired with French fries. This was really good and the fries were cooked to perfection, however, next time as a personal choice, I would probably ask for them to be done more medium to well done.
Dessert was just sensational with us sharing the dreamiest Salted Caramel Eclair as well as Coupe Lucian, a dreamy bowl of hazelnut, almond and pistachio ice cream topped with whipped cream and drizzled with butterscotch sauce, which truly was my favourite and perfect for summery days!
They were the perfect indulgent sweet treats to end a wonderful meal with and I am already counting down to when I can return for a meal at Soutine again! The service, ambience and food were all delightful, the restaurant is charming with a warm, welcoming feel and I could eat this meal all over again in a heart beat. I am pleased that I can now have the authentic Parisian Cafe experience in North London.
Find out more about Soutine here: https://www.soutine.co.uk/