If you like chicken and a full glass, you’ll love Pique-Nique.
But be warned, go with an empty stomach.
This French gem of a restaurant is a little oddly located in the corner of Tanner Street Park, behind the tennis courts and next to a children’s playground.
It’s owned by the team that brought us French restaurant Casse-Croûte on Bermondsey Street, just a short walk across Tanner Park. This time they have renovated a disused sports changing room to bring a little bit of Paris to Bermondsey.
The result? An intimate and cosy venue which is perfect for date nights or a special dinner with family and friends.
Chicken is elevated to new heights here – nothing goes to waste. We opted for the six-course special starting with the smoothest of chicken liver parfait alongside fried balls of chicken neck. A traditional consommé followed next served with a variety of chicken offal on a skewer...stomach flipping fare. A slice of the breast with fresh morels and a cream sauce and buttery mash seemed a magnificent way to end. Not so, there was more... a salad and confit leg.
The highlight of our meal had to be the towering chocolate fondant finale which released the most magical, glistening chocolate sauce. Our sighs of joy could be heard beyond the tennis courts.
Pique-Nique is open from 9am until 11pm (10-6pm on Sundays). It’s worth noting that there is a curfew of 11pm (it’s easy to forget you’re in a park), so don't leave it too late!
32 Tanner Street, London SE1 3LD
(we had the Menu autour du poulet de Bresse, £38)