Restaurant review: Brasserie Vacherin

By - Thursday 12th February, 2015

Joy Akwue-Butler enjoys a five-star treat at one of her favourite restaurants

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes 119, 466 or 312

48-50 South End, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1DP


Photo author’s own.

It has been a couple of months since I last wrote a review and I thought I would start the year with a restaurant that I have visited before and have always been impressed with – this time was no different. On Thursday 29th January, my partner Charlie and I arrived at Brasserie Vacherin for our 7:30 pm booking. It had snowed briefly and was bitterly cold but, despite this, there was a reasonable number of other diners enjoying an evening out. Brian, our waiter, showed us to our table, which was situated right by the window – a good place to watch Croydon passing by!

We thought we would treat ourselves to a cocktail, so Charlie ordered an apple martini (£6.95) and I chose a ‘Sex on the Beach’ (£7.00). We then ordered our starters. Charlie had the crab ravioli, leek étuvée, chive beurre blanc (£6.50) and I ordered chicken liver parfait, gherkins, radish, brioche (£6.95). Charlie enjoyed his ravioli – he thought the crabmeat was delicate in flavour, not too overpowering, and that the leeks helped to balance out the creaminess of the sauce. My chicken pâté was smooth and creamy and worked well with the toasted brioche.

Chicken liver parfait.
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After a short while Brian brought out our main courses – Charlie had ordered the slow-braised lamb shank, sautéed courgettes and rosemary (£16.95), with a side order of mashed potatoes (£2.95). I had the boeuf bourguignon, pomme purée (£14.95) plus green beans (£3.25). We also ordered a half pint of Birra Moretti (£3.50), a glass of La Boussole pinot noir (£6.75) and a glass each of tap water. Charlie described his dish as amazing – the lamb was so tender it fell off the bone. My beef was also tender and just melted in my mouth. It was surrounded by a delicious red wine sauce, with carrots and small pieces of bacon which enhanced all the different flavours. It went well with the creamy mashed potato.

Boeuf bourguignon.
Photo author’s own.

By the time we’d finished our main courses we were completely full! But we weren’t in a hurry to leave so we stayed at the table, chatting. I paid a visit to the ladies, which is located right at the very back of the restaurant so it was quite cold, but clean. On the way back to my table, I noticed that the clientele was mainly made up of couples, but there were some family groups as well.

Tarte tatin.
Photo author’s own.

Brian arrived with the dessert menus – initially we thought we wouldn’t be able to eat one more thing, but after a little while we decided to go for it! Charlie had the crêpe Suzette (£4.25) and I had the tarte tatin, both served with vanilla ice-cream (£5.95). We really enjoyed our desserts! The pancake was cooked to perfection and was served in a lemon and orange sauce which included pieces of orange. And my warm caramelised apple and puff pastry tarte was simply delicious!

Brasserie Vacherin never fails to impress us – the staff are attentive and welcoming, and the food is always well presented and of the highest quality. We look forward to eating there again soon!

Joy Akwue-Butler

Joy Akwue-Butler

Joy Akwue-Butler works as the Operations Manager for IKM TeckChek Europe whose UK office is based in Croydon. She has lived and worked in the area for over 20 years. She currently lives in Caterham with her partner and has one daughter – Jasmine. Joy loves eating good food and enjoys socialising!

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  • Anne Giles

    I have not been there yet. Must try it!