Madame Gautier (ciabatta beef rolls)
The grub: Lots of French regional food which you can watch cooking or take away in a plastic container and warm up at home. LSF recommends inhaling the fumes snaking out from a big pan of sizzling Confit Beef and snapping some up in a ciabatta roll. It’s beef from Somerset’s Gilcombe Farm slow roasted over 14 hours and marinated with tomato, Dijon mustard, herbs, garlic and red wine. It’s hard to get your jaws around it, you will need at least 6 napkins to keep the juices under control, but the combination of hot, succulent meat and dry ciabatta works perfectly.
The vibe: Cheerful. Even if you go – as LSF has done before – in the pouring rain, you’re likely to get a smile. It’s a pale green stall which you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for and, being under cover, each of the giant pans are kept nice and hot for the full 4 hours of market time.
The story: Madame Gautier is in fact a team made up of Mark Gautier, his wife Corinne and their children Guy and Liana who have been running the business since 2003. Mark’s father was a chef in Nice so he got into food – and the kitchen – early on. Having worked in Michelin starred restaurants and taught at London’s top catering schools, the family now also feature in London markets throughout the week. MG came to Bute Street 2 years ago but has since opened a shop in Barnes on Church road.
The tab: £5/Confit of beef served in a Ciabatta roll with Dijonaise (£8.50/take home pot for 2-3)
Get the lowdown: Sat 10am-2pm Bute Street, SW7 (also 11am-2pm, Mon-Fri at Strutton Ground, SW1; 10am-2pm, Wed at Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, NW3; Thurs 10am-2pm at Lyric Square Hammersmith,W6; Sat, Essex House Surgery in Barnes, SW13; Sun, 10am-2pm at Cramer St Carpark in Marylebone, W1 or at Salusbury Road in Queen’s Park, NW6) Twitter: @madamegautier, madamegautier.com