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“A Local Gem”
Review of Retro Bistrot - CLOSED

Retro Bistrot
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $53
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: One of South West London's premier restaurants, the popular Retro Bistrot serves excellent French-style food in relaxed and stylish surroundings. Winner of the Good Food Guide London Restaurant of the Year 2012, and proud owner of two AA Red Rosettes, the Retro manages to deliver a sense of luxury in both food and ambiance at very affordable prices. Stylish but down-to-earth diners are welcome to enjoy the full menu or simply pop in for a snack and a drink. Key to its success is the blend of great food with a unique brand of personal service. Led by the inimitable and flamboyant Maitre D', Frenchman Vincent Gerbeau, the team provide charming, attentive but discreet service.
Reviewed December 11, 2013

This is the best restaurant in Teddington and the environs. Lovely staff, terrific food always beautifully cooked and presented. Certainly a rival to many a West End restaurant.

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VincentGerbeau, Owner at Retro Bistrot, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2014

"Best restaurant in Teddington" - we LOVE your review and you can come again anytime!

Thank you.

Vincent

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Had a perfect evening there tonight with my misses. Drove 300 miles and needed somewhere to relax for an evening meal. The perfect setting, great food great wine fantastic service. We sat near the door and loved seeing the place fill up with obvious regulars to this fantastic establishment.

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Thank LewisHaigh
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VincentGerbeau, Owner at Retro Bistrot, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Driving 300 miles deserves the very best meal at the end of the journey! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely review.

Vincent

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We visited with friends one evening in Octiober and were impressed by the quality of the food and wine and by the warmth and good humour of the service. In what is becoming rather better than the culinary wasteland it once was (that's Teddington), Retro flies the flag for authentic bistro-style informal French food.

Thank Diptych
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We recently moved to Teddington and have been trying out the local restaurants whenever we can, but I think our hunt just ended - Retro cannot be beaten

We turned up on a blustery cold Friday night after hell on the trains home, only to be welcomed into an opulent friendly paradise. All the staff were chatty and welcoming and really want you to enjoy yourselves

I had a mere side salad as a starter to save space for our main but it was itself memorable with a salty oil dressing and peas for sweetness, really inventive. We followed on with Chateaubriand for two which was utterly splendid. I like my meat well done which is normally met with derision in restaurants but not here, they welcomed the choice and managed to produce well done steak that oozed moistness and flavour - it was the best steak I ever had

I was only sorry we didn't have room for dessert, and loved the fact that our waitress seemed genuinely upset we weren't staying for the whole evening, like friends leaving a party early. Simply wonderful, topped off by a true host maitre'd with the funkiest haircut in Teddington!

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Thank Karen7
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

I always loved that line from the delightful 2006 movie ‘A good year’ where actress Marion Colitard says to a startled Russell Crowe “Remember you‘re in France now, where the customer is always Wrong!”

However this is certainly not the case with Vincent Gerbeau charismatic and flamboyant French owner of the beautifully named ‘Retro Bistrot’ In Teddington.

From the minute my wife and I walk into this splendidly old fashioned styled eaterie on an otherwise uninspiring Tuesday evening, we were greeted instantly like long lost friends and made to feel like we’d just gate crashed the best party in town.

From an opening glass of champagne and a complimentary ‘amuse bouche’ we were then treated to a sensuous, seductive assault on our taste buds.

Vincent is a fan of organic based food and wines from around the world and our starters of sublime Steak tarter and Crab salad only seemed to enhance this vision.

A roasted 21 aged rib-eyed Steak in béarnaise sauce and Frites was my’ arc de triomphe’ of choice for main whilst my wife settled on a roasted fillet of cod with steamed perloudes and white wine butter sauce.

As we watched Vincent and his excellent waiting staff wander around serving and entertaining we were impressed with the enthusiasm and passion they all showed.

The desserts of Tarte aux Poires and Baba au Rum would’ve been incidental but for their sheer intoxicating, almost forbidden flavours.

Eventually and reluctantly we got up to leave but both agreed we had just been given a French master class in Classic French cuisine.

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Thank Henry S
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