Sep 25 2014



I was very skeptical about Racine. I thought it would be one of those average French restaurants that is expensive, serves everything in foam and at the end of the day does not give you very interesting or tasty food, but I was wrong.

Racine is located in between Knightsbridge and South Kensington, a short walk away from Harrods. It looks like a very old restaurant, not because of old décor, but because of the manner the waiters serve you and greet you. Racine opened in 2002 and the chef patron is Henry Harris. The main thing that I liked about Racine is that it served un-pretentious and good food, a bit like brasserie food, but better. And even though the décor and the service were good, it felt quite casual in a good way.

My boyfriend had booked a table at Racine through open table (he booked it as his boss loves it and we wanted to see what the fuss was about) and we were offered a menu for £35 that included 4 courses (starter, main course, desert and cheese) and a champagne drink on arrival, which was lovely and infused with orange. Even though we had a set menu, we could choose from a few starters and main courses, all of which you could also see on the a la carte menu. Sometimes I don’t like the dishes that restaurants offer you as part of the set meal, but here the choice was good. I chose a starter of “Smoked duck breast, French bean and girolle salad, anchovy dressing” and my boyfriend went for the “Crab and prawn cocktail, Poilane crisps”. I very much enjoyed both starters. The duck was delicious, very well smoked and it went together so well with the crunchy French green beans and the girolle sauce. I equally really enjoyed the crab and prawn cocktail with the crisps, it had a lot of flavour. I was surprised how good these starters were, as I did not expect this.

I chose a main course of Grilled rabbit, mustard sauce and smoked bacon and my boyfriend went for Tranche of plaice, wild mushroom and croutons, roast pumpkin and beurre blanc. I loved the rabbit. It was delicious and once again I liked the accompanying bacon and green beans, and the mustard sauce was amazing. Not too strong and mustard-y but so good with the other ingredients. I preferred this dish over the plaice that my boyfriend was eating, but my boyfriend loved the plaice more than the rabbit, so I guess both dishes were very good. The fish was well cooked, still moist, not overcooked.

I forgot to take a picture of the cheese plate we were given, but we were given 2 chunks of cheese, the blue cheese and a hard cheese with a bit of French salad (salad with the typical French dressing) and some pecan nuts. The cheese plate was good, but I actually did not need it after the delicious food. I ordered lemon sorbet as my desert and my boyfriend went for the Coupe de framboise, which had crème and raspberries. Deserts were ok, sort of good home cooking, but not as good as the starters and main courses.

I really enjoyed Racine, most of all because it gives you good sort of home-cooked food, not the pretentious food you usually get in French restaurants. The service is good, the dining room feels welcoming, and is quite quiet but not too quiet which makes you uncomfortable.

Date: 25/ 09/ 14
Location: Knightsbridge
Price for 2 people with alcohol (but included in the menu) and a glass of champagne: £100.47

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