London boasts an array of on-trend and happening eateries, but none quite as interesting as those which have landed on its burgeoning French-bistro scene. Our friend from across the channel seems to be influencing the capital’s newest foodie spots in a big way, and West London’s newest addition to this exciting group of restaurants in Le Petit Citron.
Sitting pretty on Shephard’s Bush Road, right in the heart of Hammersmith’s Brook Green, this gorgeous hideaway makes a welcome change from the area’s sprawling coffee shops and Italian cafes. It has been founded by husband and wife duo, Lawrence and Emily Hartley, who have a passion for Provencal cooking, wine and garlic (naturally).
It struck me immediately that it is not only the pair’s indisputable flair for European creations that has had Londoners flocking to the doors in its first few weeks of opening, but the stylish interiors too. Think Parisian chic: dim lighting, vintage prints and exposed brick work, which all work together to make the place equally perfect for a date night, dinner with colleagues or family get together.
I paid my visit on a Thursday night, and from 6:30pm the restaurant started to fill up. It helps that LPC is located in close proximity to the corporate hub of Hammersmith; the restaurant is the perfect post-work spot for hungry professionals after a long day at the office. Once I’d sufficiently admired the interiors, it quickly came to my attention how attentive the staff were from the get-go. This is another huge part of the experience at Le Petit Citron – thanks to the team’s undeniable knowledge of, and passion for, French cooking, you’ll learn about your choice of dishes and where they’ve come from before you even place your order.
To start, the petit pot de girolles & woodland mushrooms were recommended. This bubbling mushroom dish is creamy and rich and served with toast and is totally delicious. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the chicken liver and Armagnac parfait with pistachios and onion confit is equally great.
Mains range from bourride to the refreshing option of lemon and garlic baby chicken with French beans. Alternatively, the onglet steak frites with a pastis, garlic and herb butter comes in highly recommended, best served rare.
The dinner menu is nicely complimented with a delicious selection of weekend brunch offerings, ranging from smoked salmon and scrambled eggs to waffles topped with ice cream and blackberry compote. Good luck deciding what to tuck into.
One thing you’ll be pleased to learn about this place is that the prices are seriously modest. Forget splashing three quarters of your weekly budget on a meal just because of the restaurant’s central London location – here, starters range from £6-9 and mains will set you back between £12 and £18. Not bad, hey?!
By the time my dessert of sticky toffee pudding was devoured I felt suitably full and relaxed. I can confirm I will most definitely be back.
Le Petit Citron, 98-100 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7PD, Tuesday-Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm & 5:00pm10:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-10:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm.