Wednesday 20 November 2013

Champagne + Fromage

Champagne + Fromage Brixton is here. 
Opening up in a little shop front in Brixton Village, French Bubbles have established what is essentially a very basic concept restaurant.  Or eating pitstop, actually – I think this is a more accurate description, because whilst you could have your whole supper there it's much more a place to have a drink and a snack than a full blown meal.
The concept is simple: Serve champagne in pretty decent sized glasses and accompany it with French cheeses of charcuterie.  It's a concept that is as old as the hills – or at least the French Alps.  But, like so many things that stand that kind of a test of time, it works because it's great.
Last night, GrubsterGirl and I popped in for a pre-dinner drink and snack.

We will, before long (hopefully), go back and have a proper blow out.  The champagne list is pretty wide-ranging, with a number of options stretching from the regular (albeit, very tasty) champoo through the rosé to the sweet Champagne (I have to admit, I didn't even know that the latter existed). 
The food on offer is great as well.  Choose from a variety of tartine (cheese on toast done français style), platters of cold cuts, baked cheeses in their various boxes, or even go and build your own platter from their extremely extensive collection of fromage.
So who would have thought that such a small place could spark so much controversy?  But it has.  Which is a shame really.  Sure, we want places like Brixton Village to maintain their character, but they'll only do that if there are people going there, eating there, having fun there – which simply won’t happen if we kick up the kind of fuss that has been kicked up.  It's sad – genuinely – to see this kind of vitriol spread about a food outlet like this – one that's dedicated to genuine, quality service.  Shame on the naysayers.
 - GrubsterBoy -

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