The French like their food slow.
Hence all the snails.
And hence the philosophy of Bon Vivant, parked opposite The School of Life on a tastefully tucked-away corner of King’s Cross. It’s a stylish French bistrot, designed for whiling away weekends with bottomless brunches and long lunches sur la terrasse, as well as late night cocktails over a steak and a cheeseboard.
Bon Vivant is, like its namesake, dedicated to the finer things in life, with leisurely all-day dining, a slick French wine list, and stylish surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the rooms with sunlight, but come evening, the dusky rose walls, sprawling navy velvet banquettes, and dark green marble tabletops create snug corners for intimate tête-à-têtes.
The cuisine is contemporary and very French, ranging from freshly baked croissants & daily specials of tartines in the morning, to sharing platters of charcuterie at lunch. For dinner, there are intense, indulgent dishes with big hits of flavour, from beef tartare with quail’s egg, to mussels simmered with shallots and garlic, to magret de canard (an apparently simply prepared dish with rich, fatty duck breast).
And of course, like any self-respecting bon vivant, they’re taking any excuse for lazy weekends, with prosecco and Ricard-fuelled bottomless brunches and “naughty breakfasts” – essentially the full English, but with added steak and truffle tagliatelle for good measure. Because why not.
Drinks, meanwhile, take a gentle meander through a carefully selected, French-focused wine list (naturellement), finishing up with cocktails shaken up at the sleek central bar, like the eminently drinkable house signature Dirty Pink with gin, grenadine, egg white, and sour cream.
It’s the cream of the cream, as they say.
NOTE: Bon Vivant is open daily from 11.30am (10.30am weekends) until 10pm – you can find out more and reserve a table on their website right HERE.
Bon Vivant | 75-77 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AP
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