UPDATE 22nd August 2015: Kitsch N D’Or has closed.
The wonderfully named Kitsch N D’or is a very charming French restaurant in Southsea that has been a firm favourite of mine over the years. You will find it tucked away in a quiet residential street which is lined with a mixture of period houses and modern builds. The restaurant has an attractive blue and white shop front. Inside, you will find a homely and relaxed atmosphere, with wooden tables and French signs and pictures on the wall. The food is described as ‘provincial French’ and the menu changes regularly.
We have been for both lunch and dinner and I can say that the food is consistently very good and the portion sizes are generous. I have found that some similar restaurants serve rather dainty sized portions – the chain Brasserie Blanc is guilty of this and I don’t think that I am particularly greedy…! I always leave Kitsch N D’or feeling very full. We have been recently for lunch and for the Christmas menu (I will write about both).
The lunch menu is scandalously cheap: at time of writing, £8.50 for two courses. You will often pay that for fish and chips at a chain pub! French food is not renowned for vegetarian food but there is always a decent vegetarian option at Kitsch N’Dor. The Kitsch N D’or lunch is very popular and you will have to book in advance. The menu is presented to you on a blackboard perched on a chair.
We had the baked goats cheese and the Guinness and cèpe soup to start, followed by chicken with tarragon and cod with Moroccan spiced butter. These were all wonderful – goats cheese and honey is a winning combination and the Guinness complemented the earthy mushrooms beautifully. The main courses were great too and we actually struggled to finish them because the portions were so big! The fish was served on a huge mound of perfectly seasoned cous cous.
We made room for some dessert – a very rich and decadent chocolate marquise. Yum! 🙂 It goes without saying that we left feeling very full and did not have to eat much later that night.
We returned very recently to try the Christmas menu for dinner. We had crackers on the table, as well as a small bucket of French bread and butter. For starters, we both had smoked salmon parcels. These were stuffed with a tea smoked trout mousse and Dorset crab with crème fraiche and served with a little salad on the side and a balsamic dressing. If you like eating fish, then this tasted as good as it sounds!
We followed the starters with Entrecôte steak served with a roquefort cream and duck fat roast potatoes and, for me, cured sea trout with apple cider and crab mayonnaise, served with new potatoes and courgettes. The trout also came with a rich, bisque like sauce. Needless to say, we enjoyed both of these! The steak was huge (at least an inch thick) and cooked a perfect medium rare. The only criticism here was that there could have been some more of the roquefort cream and few more of the delicious roast potatoes! My trout – two lovely fillets of trout – was delicious. The mayonnaise was beautifully seasoned and complemented the trout and the rich bisque like sauce perfectly.
We had a break before ordering dessert. We saw a few other diners order the brioche pudding with Courvoisier custard and the Normandie apple tart – both were very tempting but we opted for the Christmas pudding crème brulee and the cheese board. Kitsch N D’or used to have a help yourself cheese board where you would go to a wooden table laden with different cheeses. For the Christmas menu however, we got a daintier affair of a trio of different cheeses served with biscuits and fruit on a little wooden board. This was probably wiser rather a help yourself cheese selection as it is very easy to go overboard on cheese!
So we had a wonderful Christmas meal at Kitsch N D’or – the food was certainly fitting for the occasion and at £25.95 per head for three courses, very good value. The restaurant was packed on a Thursday evening with lots of other merry diners. I look forward to returning to Kitsch N D’or in 2015!
Kitsch N D’or
37 Eldon Street
Hampshire. PO5 4BS
Typical cost per person excluding drinks: Up to £10 (lunch); Up to £25 (2 course dinner, a la carte menu)