Courtesy of Rijsel
Casual canteen in a converted school building
Popular plate: The three-course menu evolves on a regular basis, but if the côte de boeuf is on offer, go for it.
Word to the wise: Don’t make plans to visit for lunch or at the weekend – Rijsel is closed on Saturday and Sunday, and only open in the evenings during the week.
Named after the Flemish word for the French town of Lille, this bustling bistro dishes out rotisserie-style fare à la Française in a minimal, 60s-inspired dining space. By their own admission, they serve ‘no-nonsense food for a fair price’, but there’s definite skill shown in the simplicity of the cuisine, whether it’s a perfectly prepared poussin or a moreish tarte tatin.
A concise three-course menu is pimped up by a specials board, both of which change frequently, with substantial meat mains accompanied by straightforward sides. The place is usually packed and can book out well in advance, so make a reservation as early as possible.