Yeovil locals walking to the top of Quedam Shopping Center may have noticed the new French restaurant overlooking the imposing Grade I listed church in the heart of town.
Les Amis Cafe, Car and Bistro opened in September and is located where Vicarage Walk meets Silver Street.
The family business is owned by French couple Stéphane and Patrick, who discussed opening an authentic bistro for two decades before taking the plunge this year.
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The bistro is open Tuesday through Sunday and has launched its festive menu as Christmas approaches.
Bursting with turkey, beef, Baileys and mulled wine, the bistro’s Christmas cuisine doesn’t disappoint.
On a Saturday afternoon, Les Amis was humming pleasant conversations and providing a warm retreat away from the winter drizzle.
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Tables are comfortably spaced and the wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows offer everyone a spectacular view of Yeovil’s 14th century monument, St. John the Baptist Church.
Those sitting at the bar have an instant view of the kitchen, where you can see the chef busy preparing portions of authentic French cuisine.
The popularity of the cozy bistro is evident, with a number of spontaneous shoppers turned back at the door once all the tables have filled – avid patrons should definitely book in advance.
Some dishes on the Christmas menu are immediately obvious: the roasted squash and chestnut soup or the ham and liver shank pâté as a starter or the beef bordelaise as a main course.
The Christmas dish par excellence on the menu is a turkey roulade with a cranberry and chestnut stuffing, a Burgundy wine juice, seasonal vegetables and a croquette.
The dish is meticulously prepared and cooked to perfection – you might want to grab a side of bread to mop up the delicious sauce topping.
The highlight of the Christmas menu turned out to be the Baileys Creme Brulee with shortbread on the side – the creamy frozen dessert is the perfect sweet treat to complement a good meal.
The Christmas menu offers customers two courses for £ 25 or three courses for £ 29.
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