The French like their food slow.
Hence all the snails.
And hence the recent opening on a tastefully tucked-away corner of King’s Cross – a stylish French bistrot designed for whiling away weekends with bottomless brunches and long lunches au terrasse.
Bon Vivant is, like its namesake, dedicated to the finer things in life, with all-day dining, a slick French wine list, and achingly chic 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 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 (a 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 bottomless brunches and “naughty breakfasts” – essentially the full English, but with added steak for good measure. Because why not.
Drinks, meanwhile, meander from a well-selected, French-focused wine list, and finish up with cocktails shaken up at the 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 now open daily until 10.30pm. On Friday 12th May they will be offering 50 free pastries and coffees from 7.30am, and for £2 after that to celebrate the launch of their continental breakfast (eat in or take away).
Bon Vivant | 75-77 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AP
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