East Dulwich (Mobile) Forum

La Bonne Bouffe

Detailed review in today's Sunday Telegraph by Keith Miller.. Liked the restaurant (7/10) but thought that Lordship Lane "retains the rumpled dignity of old newsreel footage",and "gentrification is well advanced (it's well supplied with smallish, handsome and only moderately exorbitant Victorian terrace houses; its train station zips into the City"). Bonne Bouffe " not particularly expensive" at dinner for two £100! Thought EDF " a Paradiso of unintentional comedy.etc.." Fame indeed.
Strikes me as the kind of guy who likes the sound of his own voice quite a lot.
He would be well suited on here then!

Louisa.
£100 for 2 is not expensive?
It's only £10 - but he actually wrote "£90 for two". And nowadays, sadly, £45 a head is par for the (London) course at anything with any aspirations to medium or high end. Because of deals (i.e. Tastecard, vouchers etc., lunch time or pre-theatre menus etc.) you can actually normally eat for less - but these are quite common 'headline' costs.
Had a lovely lunch there on Friday. Very good choucroute, delicious tarte Tatin, nice wine and lovely service. Was pricey though
I think the 3 stars are a bit mean, having read the review itself. Surely the stars refer not only to the experience on the night but also to the context - not a flashy West End joint, but a new, small neighbourhood restaurant. Mr Miller concedes in his last paragraph that, for what it is, this place is very good indeed.

Irritatingly wordy and patronising style, and what's the relevance of a coat mix up anyway? I haven't been yet, but now defensively bristling somewhat on la BB's behalf!

"The East Dulwich Forum (a Paradiso of unintentional comedy, a Pillow Book of misplaced amour propre, a Sun Tzu’s Art of War of advanced passive-aggressive techniques)"

Oh please.
Having not ever seen the food critic, he's got an extremely punchable face.
A true classic of how to write just to show everyone else how clever you are, without saying anything useful. Very little of that article actually makes any sense at all, but my, aren't I clever and media savvy.
The £90 for two was for three courses and wine.

If you just have a starter and a glass of water it's cheaper big grin
And they had a £45 bottle of wine...
The reviewer has accurately described the current iteration of the East Dulwich Forum. See above..

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Curry Club. First-ish Thursday of every month. Find us in The Lounge.
Nice work if you can get it, lots of words with little meaning, reminds me of ssw.
dbboy Wrote:

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> Nice work if you can get it, lots of words with
> little meaning, reminds me of ssw.

big grin
to be fair, I think he's held a mirror up to this area and this forum quite well

Broadly speaking I agree with his views on La Bonne Bouffe

Would probably still like to punch him though
Michael Palaeologus Wrote:

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> The reviewer has accurately described the current
> iteration of the East Dulwich Forum. See above..

Yep seemed like a reasonable description to me.
I thought it was quite a good read to be fair, and the words suggest more than three stars, so it's worth reading. And I feel I need to go there soon.

"But it is good, I think: quite good by any standards; very good for a neighbourhood joint"
Michael Palaeologus Wrote:

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> The reviewer has accurately described the current
> iteration of the East Dulwich Forum. See above..

Absolutely - especially the "Sun Tzu’s Art of War of advanced passive-aggressive techniques" bit
Jeremy Wrote:

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> Yep seemed like a reasonable description to me.


I agree with this too, however the Telegraph's comment sections are hardly Pullitzer material...
At the request of Keith Miller and due to Peckhams success the
EDF is about to rename itself the South Peckham Forum.
We ate there on Saturday night. It was delicious. Snails, confit de canard, shared tarte tatin and tarte au citron. All delicious. Wine good. Service good. It is quite tightly packed and if you have people leaving and arriving at the same time it is a bit of a bun fight. It's nice that you can sit at the bar and eat too - although that might just have been because it was packed. Decent acoustics too considering the size. Très authentique, merci à tous.
Snails.. Yuk..

Fox.
Slow food, nice.
jesus i think he is trying (and failing) to be the next AA Gill. definitely want to visit la BB soon to show my support!
Who is? Fox?
The last time I tried snails was 20 years ago in Montpellier. It was the worst experience of my life, a poor mans prawn (at best). If they do a decent French Onion Soup I'll definitely be in though. They seem to be doing the right things so far.

Louisa.
I love snails! With garlic butter obviously. I suppose a whelk would be the nearest comparison.
I love whelks, but they can be eaten plain (full of flavour), or with vinegar and pepper on top. Snails need to be smothered in garlic butter to disguise the horrible taste.

Louisa.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was march 21, 01:41pm by Louisa.

Snails in a hot garlic butter sauce is delicious. Yum yum.

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