After having read formidable reviews about Chabrot in the Metro and the blog Cheese & Biscuit this restaurant was top on my list to try, particularly as I am always a bit at loss on where to go in Knightsbridge. I don’t like to be ripped off, you see.
In the end, I was not as taken with Chabrot Marina and Chris. The food was good, but it was by no means exceptional and it didn’t leave any lasting impression. The main criticism I have though, is that I found it rather overpriced. Ok, we are talking Knightsbridge here, but the only fish main on the menu Â£29?Â To be fair, there were cheaper dishes to choose from, but I really wanted fish. Â£29 I may pay at a Michelin star place with amazing atmosphere and great reputation, not at something that calls itself bistro… (that’s the cheapskate in me, sorry)
The atmosphere was positively remarked on by most reviews I read about this place. I assume most of the reviewers must have sat downstairs which did look nice upon entering. We were however led upstairs to an empty, drafty room and apart from the checked tablecloth, I didn’t feel much of a pleasant French flair I have to say.
Now there is one thing worth mentioning about Chabrot Bistro D’Amis. They do a Plat du Jour, I think from 6-7 pm and also for lunch. We got there at 7:30 and sadly missed it as it is very good value for money. The dish of the day, one glass of wine and a coffee for 17.50, this is such a bargain for Knightsbridge! I do have to come back for this.
Back to the A La Carte menu. We started with the Broad Bean Salad with Fresh Ewe Cheese (7.50). I didn’t know what ewe cheese is (let alone how to pronounce it!), so you might not either if you are not English. Let me enlighten you, an ewe is a female sheep #englishlesson.
This was a lovely and clean dish which I rather enjoyed.
The mains were rather decent. As I didn’t want to have meat and the fish, as I may have mentioned, was 29 pounds, I went for a pasta. Pasta in a French restaurant is not the dish to order, but I was quite happy with the result. The home made Pasta with Asparagus (12) was perfectly al dente and nicely seasoned. I would have liked a bit more asparagus though.
The Grilled Baby Chicken with Lemon and Garlic (17.50) was succulent and well flavoured, simple and really good. But the presentation… oh dear.
I didn’t like the cheese (9.50). I usually love cheese! And I love French cheese! All three cheeses left me absolutely cold, in fact the one on the left I found actively unpleasant. You might enjoy them though, I know that cheese tastes are highly subjective.
As you might guess by now, I won’t be hurrying back for the a la carte menu. I will try the plat du jour though and will sit downstairs in the nice part the next time. Should this change my opinion you shall be the first to know.
- Food: 7/10
- Ambiance:Â 6/10
- Service: 6/10
- Value for Money: 5/10
- Chances of returning: 5%
- Verdict: I am not convinced and I found it too pricey for what is on offer. I love a no fuss bistro, but then I want to be charged accordingly somehow. But that’s just me.