La Petite Bouchee – Sydenham Wells Park (Booking Required)
Sydenham Wells Park may not sound a likely location for a quirky dining option, but as unlikely as it may seem there is in fact foodie incentives for heading to this south east London destination.
The french inspired Brasserie calls a converted camper van home, and fits four guests snugly, serving brunch, lunch and dinner for pre booked guests. Come summer there’s the potential to serve a great deal more guests as tables are erected outside the camper and diners can enjoy French classics including moules frites and croque madame al fresco.
I was delighted to be invited along for brunch, and took up the invitation on a sunny yet chilly Sunday morning. The sight of the camper brought a smile to my face as it emerged in the greenery of Sydenham Wells Park, which is a short walk away from better known Crystal Palace Park.
The unique setting may have been the instigator for my visit, but the tastiness of the food was reason to return. Trying both the Croque Madame and Pan Perdu, this was followed up with a selection of pastries and also including tea, coffee and orange juice. If you fancy something stronger there’s the option of bubbles or bloody mary’s.
Something as simple as a ham and cheese sandwich is elevated to another level with Anita’s rich cheese sauce and perfectly fried egg, the large portion allowing cravings to be satisfied. The Pan Perdu, or French toast, as delicious as it was calorific, is brioche soaked in Egg-custard and pan-fried in butter, served with blueberries and raspberries. The French don’t do things by halves!
To add to the great food and wonderful setting, La Petite Bouchee’s charm also lies in it’s friendly and attentive staff, with owner and Chef Anita being on hand to answer questions and generally have a chat, or leave you to enjoy your breakfast, depending on your preference.
I’d definitely recommend this unique touch of France which is bringing charm and good food to Sydenham.