At lunchtime today, restaurateur Akbar Ashurov and chef Ollie Couillaud will launch an elegant neighbourhood bistro in Wimbledon Village. Foodies may recognise Couillaud as the former head chef at La Trompette and from his time at Chez Bruce and The Square.
The Lawn Bistro hopes to become ‘a friendly hub of local activity’, where locals can chat with Ollie and enjoy refined French food at reasonable prices. (The menu offers two courses for £27.50 or three for £32.50). The restaurant seats between 60-70 and the interior has been given a stylish but understated makeover by designLSM, with shades of dark grey warmed up by atmospheric lighting and graphic prints.
Ollie’s menu combines influences from his rural French upbringing and his experience in the kitchens of Michelin starred restaurants. The menu will change on an almost daily basis and diners can expect seasonal French dishes, with the occasional nod to British and Spanish cuisine. We’re looking forward to dishes like herb crusted lamb's tongues with sauce ravigotte; braised ox cheeks ‘a la Bourguignonne’; and seabass with crayfish and chorizo risotto with coriander and crème fraiche. The dessert menu includes French classics like caramelised apple mille feuille and pear and almond tart, alongside a more unusual warm pineapple salad with black pepper, vodka and mango sorbet.
The extensive wine list has not yet been unveiled but is said to include carefully selected wines from all over the world, including a Portuguese house wine.
The Lawn Bistro is now open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and lunch on Sunday, and we think it’s well worth the trip down the District Line. You can keep up with all their latest news on twitter, @TheLawnBistro, and don’t forget to write a review if you visit.