L'Amandine, SW17 7EG
- (020) 8672 7252
- 7 Bellevue Road (map of this place)
- SW17 7EG
- 8am - though it may look open earlier it won't really be
Part of a small chain — there's another one on Wandsworth Bridge Road and yell.com tells me there are five in London altogether (as of August 2003).
Food and Drink
Croissants and pain-au-chocolat (74p takeaway) are freshly baked every morning. They're usually sold out by lunchtime (which is not unreasonable, these being breakfast goods).
A range of freshly-made sandwiches. Cheese and tomato sandwich is £1.96. The coleslaw is home-made-style and really very good, particularly in a sandwich with cheese. Also recommended is the Panino Amalfi - with chicken, sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts. They have roasted vegetables so I bet they could do a pretty decent vegan sandwich if you asked.
Caffe Americaine £1.43. I recently discovered that they do do cafe mocha, but they call it “choccocino”. It's OK, not particularly chocolatey.
[Prices as of September 2003]
They also have a small bakery section selling baguettes and other French breads.
Service and Ambience
Eat-in or takeaway. Eat-in is table service but you pay at the till. It's fairly big and they put chairs and tables out the front in good weather so you have a nice view of the traffic queues on Bellevue Road. Can get crowded at the peak of lunchtime, and the staff then become rather disorganised. In fact the staff seem a bit disorganised a lot of the time, albeit in a well-meaning way.