England: London: Where to Eat: Quick Break: Tartine
This is a fun place for lunch or a casual dinner. With its pewter bar and contemporary design, it’s the ideal spot to drop in for a delicious tartine (open-faced sandwich on Poilâne bread), salad or fish and chips. I loved my tartine of goat cheese and chargrilled vegetables while my teen daughter thought her grilled squid, rocket, sweet chilli jam and fresh lime was worth coming back for. It’s a simple menu, but it hits the spot.
Best of all: Tartine is located in the heart of South Ken’s shopping district across the street from Jean Paul Gaultier’s boutique. My ever-observant teen spotted the French designer checking out his designs, giving Tartine that extra edge. Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more.— Elena Bowes 07/02/2007