I've been coming to this place since it opened and it gets better and better each time. During the winter months it was a warm and inviting place to retreat to get escape the battering wind and rain of our British winter (and summer come to mention it)!
As you walk in there is a small bar where you can sit and watch the world go by in Brick Lane. The decor is gorgeous, very chic. Nadia and Lilli who own the place designed it all themselves and it's a real reflection of them. They also have a great team working for them, customer happiness is key. They have a smile for everyone :-)
So to the food, the menu changes regularly with the seasons , at the moment you'll find Duck Magret in Orange Sauce with dauphine potatoes, the duck cooked perfectly pink and the sauce not overpowering and a perfect foil to the rich meat. Steak tartare with all the trimmings and some of the best homemade chips I've had in any restaurant, Truffle Gnocchi, Moules Marinieres and Steak with Bordelaise sauce. For starters Coquilles Saint Jacque, Crab, Avocado & Salmon tian (my fave), rabbit terrine, French Onion Soup and Snails with garlic and parsley butter
There is always a special on offer, and special it is too. On my last visit I had the Choucroute de la Mer (see photo), an amazing plate of perfectly cooked Red Mullet, Sea Bass, Cod, Cockles, Mussels, Scallop and Clams served on cabbage, leek and potatoes in a light creamy sauce, my only complaint? That is was only available for a week and so I can't have it again for a while!!!
For desert? A fantastic caramelly tarte tartin or creamy Creme Brulee, crepes, or cheese all suitably capped off with an espresso...... and complimentary Haribo!!
The wine list is fab too, with a great select of wines from all regions of France, all from small producers and all very good.
Chez Elles is my place to eat of choice, be it for the excellent value Set Lunch, Sunday brunch or an evening out.
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