Set in the bustling heart of Clifton, Bristol, Quartier Vert is unassuming and delightful. The restaurant has a relaxed and slightly rustic environment; light, airy and simply decorated with scrubbed wooden floors and white table linen.
All meat is organic, as are 60 to 80 per cent of the vegetables, dairy and other ingredients, including a selection from the wine list. Produce is sourced primarily from suppliers around Bristol, Wales and the South West of England.
Quartier Vert also brings a European twist to the best of local produce.
The lunchtime menu has plenty of delicious choices to suit most tastes, from risotto of asparagus, broad beans and mint, to roast shoulder of spring lamb with planchada beans, spinach and salsa verde. There is also salad of Devon crab, avocado and gulls' eggs with herb mayonnaise. The puddings are good, too. Rhubarb crumble ice cream is a delight.
The informal atmosphere belies great service and, on a sunny day, there's a terrace for sitting outside, although the traffic of Whiteladies Road is not the nicest backdrop.
There is something about Quartier Vert that makes it a great place to nurture relationships, though I wouldn't take a CEO I wanted to bedazzle.
Where: Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2NT
Contact: 0117 973 4482
How much: Around £25 per head