“ RESTAURANT/WINE BAR. FRENCH. 4 Bleeding Heart Yard (off Greville Street), Clerkenwell EC1 (Farringdon/Chancery Lane tube). Tel: 020 7242 8238/2056. „
As a reward for services rendered, I was taken to the Bleeding Heart restaurant downstairs by a colleague, and also to motivate a client. We only had time for a short lunch, but that was enough to create a favourable impression. The Restaurant is in a sort of hidden yard ? Bleeding Heart Yard, which is a turning off a turning off Hatton Garden. Parking is difficult, but feasible. It is the sort of place you have to know about, as you would not notice it casually. Upstairs is a bar/bistro sort of affair, but downstairs is the restaurant proper. It is done out in a style that is difficult to define, but the best I could guess is medieval European. There are lots of racks of wine and champagne everywhere, and they make a big deal of the wine list (not that we had any). We had booked, but had to wait a very few minutes to be sat down. The maitre de was what you might expect, and it seemed that he might or might not know my host by sight. Seating is a bit cramped, but it was not excessively noisy. From where I was sat you could see an even inner yard with vines growing. Service was good and not over-intrusive. We were not pressured to spend more than we wanted. The menu is very mixed, and there were vegetarian dishes. There was a list of the day. I had baby venison, and my colleagues had fish, lamb and something else that I cannot remember. The bread is worth remembering, and there were at least four flavours to choose from. The meat was good and was accompanied by a flavoured mash. I cannot criticize the meat, and my colleague who asked for well-done lamb was not treated with contempt. There was a good selection of puddings, and I had profiteroles with a caramel flavoured sauce. The food is expensive, and a main course is somewhere between £15-20 even at lunchtime, which is a bit steep for casual dining. Sweets were £4.95. The bill for four of us came to about £120 including coffee and water. You left with a good feel. I am relieved that it doe
s not function at weekends, so that I don?t have to come here at my own expense. It would seem that no one was eating at their own cost, and I am surprised that taxman does not close it down.
Yummy, is all i can say. My lovely boss took me here for a quick lunch one day and even though i 'just had a sandwhich' it was absolutely fantastico. If you want to go for lunch, you have to be there around 12 sharp because the bar fill up quickly. There are a few cosy little tables and a couple of particularly attentive staff who are there whenever you need them! The range of food on the bar menu is not massive but it offers a little comething for all tastes. The lunches range from baguettes to whole half chickens! or lobsters! I had a roast pork sandwhich which came with a groovy little salad and the best chips i have ever had in my life. These were chips for grown-ups.... huge fat fluffy crispy and completely cooked through, i couldn't bear to ruin them with ketchup! It also came with apple sauce that even beat my mum's apple sauce. I know that downstairs there is a much talked about restaurant where i am longing to be taken... maybe if i work hard, my boss will take the hints i have been hounding her with.