Chez Bruce: Say Cheese!
"If you need to use your mobile phone or camera in the dining room, please do so with consideration for other guests".- Chez Bruce
Increasingly, more and more fine dining establishments are anti-Instagram, uninterested in Pinterest, and not too chirpy about Twitter. I can see where they're coming from based on the suited and booted half of their clientele, but they've got to embrace the social age and Generation Y as well. Here's how I see it: Providing you don't rock up to dinner with a tripod, external flash and umbrella lighting, you're good to go. Just download the app Camera+ on your phone and snap. At least the note on Chez Bruce's menu is an attempt to meet in the middle. Bravo.
BW (Birthday Week) was essentially a series of brunches, lunches, dinners and a lot of tipples in between. The venue for the evening of my actual Birthday was a surprise. The penny dropped early doors when sipping sundowners on the sill after work, and I learned it was a 5 minute cab ride away. We edged our way towards a glowing Wandsworth Common, then onto Bellevue Road where the restaurant is situated.
The welcome was warm and we soon felt at home Chez Bruce. Being handed a bespoke gluten free menu was a nice touch. Asparagus; when it's in season, I just can't get enough of the stuff, so opted for that (minus the tartlet but with all the pecorino, ricotta, lemon and mint to make up for it) to start. A glass of Champagne was just what the dish was crying out for. Magnifique!
My good friend John dory had to get a look in for the main. Partners in crime included a few of my favourite things; scallops, prosciutto and morels. A lovely crisp Chablis was next on the hit list, and it proved . Went to town on their cheese trolley for dessert. Chose a quaffable glass of Bordeaux Château Senéjac to go with which was a delight.
Fortunately, over the course of the evening, there was very little flimsy, frilly, flowery stuff on plates, which is often the reason I'm not a raving fine dining fan. Top marks.
Whether I was slightly deterred by the warning on the menu, or else just very excited because it was my birthday, I didn't take many photos, even iPhone-style, but it's all good, I've got the memories.
Five Very Kerri things about Chez Bruce
- The wine list
- Cheese trolley
- Gluten free friendliness
- View over the common
- Old school, done well