Sunday afternoons are great for discovering London. A walk along the canal from Kingsland Road to Upper Street, takes you past many cafes packed with folk wanting a view of the canal. Upper Street offers its fair share of high street chains, so heading for the independents is highly recommended. Enter Le Sacre Coeur, a resident of Islington for some 15 years plus. It has survived bars and restaurants coming and going in this little pocket of food heaven on and near Theberton Street, and now we understand why.
Le Sacre Coeur is a hidden gem; a cozy Paris style bistro to enjoy with good company and a good bottle of wine – away from the busy Sunday tourists and hung-over weekenders.
The menu is inundated with medleys from the authentic old style French cuisine which makes ordering a task, as you want everything. We opted for some crumbed-fried camembert cheese in red currant and raspberry coulis (which was absolutely the bee’s knees) and pan fried vodka & chilli marinated king prawns to start with. As a main we had “Poulet Farci” Parma-ham wrapped chicken breast stuffed with spinach, carrots and ricotta cheese served with mushroom sauce and garlic mashed potato, also duck leg confit on a bed of sautéed spinach, served with port and blackcurrant sauce and sautéed potatoes. This lunch extravaganza was nicely accompanied by a bottle of dry, fresh white wine. Value for money is an understatement here – circa £25 per head for 2 courses and a bottle of wine, for two. By Valentina.