Chez Manny SW11
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145/149 Battersea High Street
0207 112 8984
or 0845 345 1723 ( local rate ) 0207 223 4040
Established in 2003, Chez Manny is a flourishing, French restaurant with a unique personality. Tucked away on a cobbled side street close to the river in Battersea, Chez Manny is the passion and obsession of two brothers, Emmanuel and Guillaume Lambelin. Their vision was to create a modern take on the sort of restaurant you would find in any small French village, lacking in pretense and serving up the finest rustic regional cuisine. In just three years, thanks to hard work and an ever growing reputation through word of mouth, Chez Manny has become a thriving and vibrant local restaurant.
Emmanuel (Manny) and Guillaume were brought up on a farm near Lille and raised on simple, tasty country cooking. Head Chef Guillaume trained at catering college in northern France where he discovered his exceptionally keen pallet. Manny also attended catering college but later realised his real passion and talent was working front of house. Arriving in London in 1997, the brothers worked the London restaurant scene until deciding it was time to go it alone. Together, the Lambelin brothers have succeeded in creating a truly enjoyable dining experience. The combination of great food, a fabulous international wine list and a modern, spacious interior, is made all the more memorable when combined with Manny's warm, humorous and always welcoming hospitality. The result is a very special find.
Browsing through the a la carte menu reveals an enticing mixture of traditional French cuisine with a modern twist at very reasonable prices (starters from £3.25 to £10.50 and mains from £9.50 to £13.50). A choice of nine starters and eleven main courses includes entrees such as duo of guinea fowl and artichokes served with balsamic dressing, sauteed scallops meuniere served with aubergine cavier and aumônière of crab and ratatouille served with red pepper coulis. Main courses to savor include fillet of red snapper served on a bed of onion and fennel, roasted lamb shank caramelized in jus, fillet of duckling with port sauce and the classic Bavette steak served with shallots. All main courses come with a generous serving of vegetables from a selection of at least six dishes, cooked to al dente perfection. For desert lovers and those with a penchant for kitsch, try profiteroles served with vanilla ice cream and steaming chocolate sauce or the Isle Flottante. A weekly changing set menu for the lunchtime trade is very competitively priced at £4.75 for one course, £6.95 for two or £8.45 for three.
Countless reviews left by their fiercely loyal following of local customers are testimony to the sheer passion that the brothers have created amongst all those fortunate enough to discover Chez Manny.
Chez Manny is also available for private hire and caters for up to 50 people seated or 80 canapé style. The restaurant is also used as exhibition space for local artists and has hosted numerous events from corporate parties to christenings and wine tastings.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 2.30pm, 7pm – 11pm
Restaurant available for private hire on Sundays and Mondays
Approx no more than 10 minutes walking distance from Clapham Junction Station.
Entertainment: Manny and Guillaume