City eats ~ Poulet Rouge, Balham

My favourite kind of restaurant openings are the ones almost on my doorstep. Don’t you love indulging in a few courses and then swiftly getting home to change into something comfortable, appetite fully satisfied? I do! Especially when all I want is a relaxing evening and good food I don’t have to prepare myself.


So when I heard about Poulet Rouge from a friend my ears pricked up. Good quality chicken with a carefully selected menu of sides, in Balham and only a 20 minute walk from my home, I’m there. It’s run by the same people behind Cattle Grid so I had high hopes for their latest development. A few tweets and I had the launch date in my diary. The chicken countdown was on.

As London living goes the time flew by in a flash and before I knew it me and my friend Ashley were eagerly heading to their doorstep for one of their launch nights. The decor made a good first impression, the ever tricky smart but casual.


It’s not too big either, which adds to the relaxed atmosphere. (This picture might give you a better impression of its size.)

Our stomachs were rumbling as soon as we got to the table so we ordered the Andalou mix and Game chips.


Just enough to offset our appetite so we could concentrate on the full menu. As you’d expect from the name the rotisserie chicken is the main attraction, but they offer a nice selection of sides with a French influence, alongside salads and galletes (where there are a couple of vegetarian options). We made our choice and got down to enjoying some wine.


After a glass and a gossip our meal arrived. We both had to go for a quarter of a chicken.


Great crispy skin with a salty citrus taste, I did wonder whether I should have ordered the chicken jus to make it juicier but with a feast of sides perhaps it might have been one step too far.

Our table of little casserole dishes included, the Ratatouille…




Chorizo cassoulet…


And Dauphinoise potatoes:


All good sized portions and a great addition to the chicken. Simple but satisfying.

Of course I couldn’t have left without a crepe for dessert. Being quite full I should have just had lemon and sugar but I had to try the apple crumble…


Ashley went for the Amaretto cheesecake, which led to sharing half each so we could check what we might have missed out on.

Appetite fully satisfied we made a hop, skip and jump back to Tooting!

With a low-cost menu, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff, Poulet Rouge is great if you’re in the South West and you want a good meal with simple but tasty ingredients. It opened Friday 16 August so get in quick before word spreads. I’ll definitely be heading back to check out the galettes! And more crepes…

What do you think, do you fancy trying a little Poulet Rouge? Do you have a local restaurant you love?

Poulet Rouge kindly invited us as guests at one of their launch nights. This has not influenced my review and as ever all opinions are my own.