EATS: Chez Elles Bistroquet – REVIEW [London]


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Chez Elles Bistroquet on Brick Lane is one of London’s hidden gems. This modest French Bistro is tucked away in what’s known as a curry corner on Brick Lane, Chez Elles Bistroquet brings Paris to East London.


Unabashedly decked out in quintessentially French motifs, you arrive into a warm and dimly lit narrow space surrounded by giant, iconic Parisian posters, flowers, and birds adorning hanging light fixtures. The all-French staff is friendly and helpful at navigating the menu’s offerings, including wine tastings to ensure you’ll love your bottle.


Name a dish you’d fly into Paris for, it’s on the menu. Escargot, foie gras, frog legs, duck several ways and a breath of mouthwatering mains. Our favorite was the compté cheese soufflé, a delectably fluffy and rich dish you should share but won’t want to.

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Perhaps slightly kitschy for some, but if you’re along for the trip, it’s self-aware culinary escapism between Aldgate East, Whitechapel, and Shoreditch. Merci beaucoup, Chez Elles Bistroquet!

Chez Elles is the brainchild of Nadia Brahim and Lili L’Hôte, two old chums who made the move to England fourteen years ago, having worked together on the Eurostar train. The well-traveled duo who bonded over their mutual food adoration has created a neighborhood taste of Paris on Brick Lane.

At Chez Elles, one can be transported to France without needing a passport. The no-frills menu might be modest, but the flavor is far from it. Chez Elles Bistroquet on Brick Lane is traditional French done right. A definite must when you’re in London!

Chez Elles Bistroquet
45 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 6PU, UK
+44 20 7247 9699