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“A little corner of France in Brick Lane.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chez Elles

Chez Elles
45 Brick Lane, London, England
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Ranked #101 of 17,213 Restaurants in London
Price range: $0 - $47
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: https://www.facebook.com/chezellesbistro
London
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109 reviews 109 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“A little corner of France in Brick Lane.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Designer lamps that look like bird cages with flowers. Mismatched pretty tiles, maps of the wine regions of France. A Pastis bottle called Fanny and old Paris Match magazines. Waiting staff who all speak French. All this in the middle of Brick Lane full of Asian restaurants where men whisper that they will give you free poppadoms if only you will come in.
Chez Elles really is worth a visit. Nice crisp fresh wines, delightful deserts and a wonderful brunch menu.
Will be back to try something more substantial from the wonderful choices next time.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Egham, United Kingdom
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407 reviews 407 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 158 cities Reviews in 158 cities
323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
“A real treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Hidden away amongst the mainly Asian restaurants and take outs it's a real pleasure to find somewhere the food takes centre stage. Quaint little restaurant with lots of quirks like the birds in cages and the mismatched crockery. You are immediately made to feel welcome by the delightful waitresses.

The menu is short but offers a choice that should suit most people. The wine list is similarly concise but offers good value.

We started with the planche which had some excellent duck and some very nice cold meats and pickes served with toast. The tartare which my wife had was as good as any we have had in France. My moules were OK. Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and the 12.5% service charge and the bill came to £70 which is not bad for the area.

The bill comes accompanied by a jar of soft sweets - I could have eaten them all but wasn't allowed to!

We will definitely be returning.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A little gem in the middle of Brick Lane”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

If you are looking for tasty, fresh French food in a lovely, cosy and friendly atmosphere « Chez Elles » is the place to go. The food is exquisite while being affordable. The service is warm and professional. The 2 lovely young owners have created a little gem in the middle of Brick Lane.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“What a Gem !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is my first ever Tripadvisor review, but this restaurant was so impressive I felt the need to share our excellent experience with others. I took my family here for dinner and was greatly surprised by the lovely décor as we entered. the staff are friendly and accomadating and add greatly to the atmosphere.

The food is excellent, genuninely French country cusine. The planche starter is excellent and the selection of sausages is a delight. The mains are beautifully presented and full of flavour, the fish in particular was cooked to perfection.

While the restaurant is located on Brick Lane, it is a shin

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“It's hard to do the simple things well, but they do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Long time since I have chosen to go for a French meal in London - it's a bit passé, isn't it, why would you bother in 2013? But glad we followed strong recommendations, as it was more than worthwhile. Slightly incongruous to find such an authentic bistro in the heart of subcontinent-orientated Brick Lane - a truly individual venue, lovingly designed and tended by the eponymous Elle's. Everything we had from the classic menu was flawless - flavoursome, perfectly executed and ample. Salmon tartare fresh and silky; steak tartare chock full of top quality meat; bavette steak charred outside but rosy pink inside as ordered. A surprisingly delightful interlude.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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