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An authentic tranche of France tucked at the bottom of Richmond Hill, Chez Lindsay has been specialising in traditional Breton cuisine for years. Its sunny-yellow walls and waterside perch, jutting out over the Thames, evoke memories of Brittany beach holidays; creaky wooden floorboards and proper French waiters lend rustic charm. Lindsay Wotton’s menu celebrates seafood (as in a satisfying starter of moules à la st malo, doused in a creamy white wine sauce), but it’s her galettes that steal the show. Cooked to order on a flat griddle, these buckwheat beauties come as a starter or main with an array of fillings. Opt for the simple-but-effective (cheese, ham, spinach); the more challenging chitterling sausage and mustard); or sweet (apple and caramel). Grands plats provide more substantial dining: a whole grilled sa bass was a whoppe and great value for its size.; the feuilléte de st Jacques, a shell shape carved out of puff pastry and encasing scallops, leeks and cidery butter, was beautifully presented. The wine list emphasises the Loire, while sparkling ciders provide classic accompaniment to galettes. Lively and perennially popular, Chez Lindsay is a neighbourhood restaurant par excellence – and a treasured asset in chain-dominated Richmond.
Time Out London Eating & Drinking 2010
This Richmond rendezvous is into its third decade, and the enduring attraction is Lindsay Wotton’s devotion to the twin peaks of Breton cuisine - galettes and seafood. Her savoury buckwheat pancakes (from £3.85) and sweet crêpes are legendary, but the kitchen also turns out everything from fish soup (£6.50) to grilled sea bass with mixed pepper butter (£18.75) and steak frites. Wash it down with bière, cider or wine from the Loire Valley (prices from £14.95). Open all week.
The Good Food Guide 2010
"Long a welcome refuge", near Richmond Bridge – this "authentically Breton" bistro has "a very loyal local following", thanks to its "terrific" service and its "great crêpes"; the cider and seafood can be pretty good too.
Harden’s London Restaurants 2010