Good food and efficient friendlyGood food and efficient friendly service. A popular place so you need to book,15/06/2013 00:00:00enjoyed experienceFirst visit food, value and service very good gave a lasting memory to a family reunion.12/06/2013 00:00:00Excellent as always!Another wonderful occasion, this time with Aussie relatives, and a 2 year old - we all had the very good value and delicious set lunch. The child's fish and chips was great too - fresh cod with no batter, and plenty of skinny chips for us all to share.
Thanks again to Christophe and all the staff!10/06/2013 00:00:00Lovely LocalWe went to Provender for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, had a lovely meal, can't fault the food, service or value for money. Will definitely be going back!06/06/2013 00:00:00Birthday mealLovely meal at Provender. Relaxed atmosphere and excellent value for money. Catered well for all dietary needs and tastes.27/05/2013 00:00:00French deliciousA really great French restaurant with good service and solid menu. So nice to have this locally!23/05/2013 00:00:00Sunday LunchHad a very enjoyable lunch yesterday at Provender in Wanstead.
This is becoming a local institution, known for good food, relaxed and friendly staff and reasonable prices.19/05/2013 00:00:00Excellent all roundHad a lovely dinner here on a friday night. Service was excellent, very attentive. Had a beautiful chardonnay wine along with the fish board, snails, sausage and duck plus to top it off the most amazing pavlova! Highly recommend this restaurant.17/05/2013 00:00:00Mums Night Out!I organised a night out for all the year 8 Mums and so we were a noisy group of 17. Christoph and his team set up 2 tables at the back of the restaurant in the raised area which was perfect. We had agreed a 3 course menu in advance and Christoph managed to get all the dishes out to the right people with effortless efficiency- even when we switched round between courses!
Excellent food and great value- thank you16/05/2013 00:00:00Sunday brunch!Another great occasion at Provender - fantastic brunch menu, impeccable service, and lovely atmosphere. We also had a 2 year old with us, who loved her croissant and fruit!
Thanks Christophe and staff - it was such a pleasurable Sunday morning!12/05/2013 00:00:00This is the second time weThis is the second time we have visited and the food has been excellent on both occasions.
The cote de boeuf and our veg selection were all perfectly cooked, although the cut of beef was so large it could easily have fed three!
The wine recommended by the waiter was particularly good and cheaper than the wine we initially selected.
We will be going back.11/05/2013 00:00:00This is why we live in WansteadWe booked a table last Saturday for a rare date night. The restaurant was beautifully lit as we were ushered to our table through the busy but spacious lower front area. We were sat on comfy sofa-type seats in a secluded corner which was perfect for out type of occasion. The manager soon introduced himself and we chose our wine for the evening before he knowledgeably informed us of the special, the sense of pride he takes in his food and where it is sourced was obvious.
The meal was fabulous, a selection of meats and leek and ham soup to start, chicken and duck breast for main and the trifle to finish! Everything the rave review we read beforehand proved true, what a precious gem on the High Street. We will definitely be returning soon!11/05/2013 00:00:00Friend's birthday mealI took my friend here for her birthday meal. We were very impressed from start to finish fromt he service and food. The staff were very welcoming and the owner came out to speak to us, which is always a nice touch. The restaurant is a much welcomed addition to Wanstead and provides the missing restaurant we were looking for in the area. A great neighbourhood restaurant that we will be recommending to friends and family - we are going back next week to try their set menu!05/05/2013 00:00:00ProvenderWe had an excellent meal at Provender this week.The service was friendly, knowledgeable and amusing - a great combination. Everyone really enjoyed the food and felt there was an excellent selection. One tiny issue was my dessert - I had the pavlova which I have had on a previous occasion when it was delicious with a very light, delicate meringue.This time - whilst OK - the fruit was not as good and the meringue was quite hard and pretty chewy. Aside from that - all good and will definitely return.29/04/2013 00:00:00Fab little restaurantGreat food, excellent service, good atmosphere - will definitely go back again26/04/2013 00:00:00Lovely mealExcellent meal, good service and overall lovely local restaurant. Very busy the night we were there, a victim of its own success, so we ended up waiting quite a while for our mains, but we were certainly not rushed and they handled it well.20/04/2013 00:00:00Visited the Provender withVisited the Provender with a few friends for a weekday lunch. The set menu offered fantastic value for money. There were three choices for each course. I chose the celeriac soup and ling for my main course. Both were delicious. The service was also very good. I shall certainly be going back.19/04/2013 00:00:00Relaxed EveningWe were a party of four on a Friday night. I was late but despite it being a busy night Christoph and his team could not be more accommodating. We shared some starters and I had the trout fillet which was delicious. The one complaint was that the puddings were too big! I couldn't finish my delicious trifle.
Excellent food and a buzzy atmosphere. Lovely!19/04/2013 00:00:00A little gem!As always the food is very tasty and the bistro always delivers! Thanks! Very recommended.11/04/2013 00:00:00Fantastic French BistroThis restaurant proved to be a delightful find. I shall definately be returning there many times. The duck was cooked to perfection and my friend enjoyed his turbot, which looked tempting too. We both thoroughly enjoyed our mains. We had the apple compote to follow. That too was delicious. Without hesitation I would recommend this restuarant to everyone!25/03/2013 00:00:00AMAZING Sunday LunchVisited Provender for the third Sunday in a row this weekend, we LOVE it. It really is the best and if we can get a table this weekend we will be going back.24/03/2013 00:00:00Will definitely returnI went to Provender for lunch with my mother and grandmother after a morning spent shopping for my wedding dress. We're not local to Wanstead but I will definitely be returning with my fiancé and our friends!
Food was gorgeous!23/03/2013 00:00:00midweek mealGreat food and service. Very relaxed atmosphere. Not the place to go if you are in a hurry.19/03/2013 00:00:00Excellent food, excellent valueMy wife, myself and two friends ate here on Monday night and took advantage of the £14.75 three course prix fixe. There was a choice of 3 or 4 dishes for each course and everyone was delighted with the quality of their dishes, particularly the whiting main course. The house red was perfectly decent and there was plenty of choice if you wanted to explore the wine list further. Overall, an excellent dinner and very good value.18/03/2013 00:00:00AMAZING SUNDAY LUNCHWent back this Sunday to PROVENDER to taste the pork for Sunday lunch as the beef we had the previous week
was soooooooo good we felt we needed to try the pork - just as good!!
I doubt I will ever cook a Sunday lunch again when we have Provender up the road. The goose fat roast potatoes,
the crunchy tasty vegetables and fantastic gravy are a real credit to the chef. We eat out about 4 or 5 times a week
always trying different new places but PROVENDER will be one of the only ones we will keep going back to.
Don't get me started on the deserts or cheese all sublime.
A very happy local foodie couple.17/03/2013 00:00:00Great local restaurantI had been meaning to try Provender for a while, and it didn't disappoint. The food was beautifully prepared (in particular, the starter of quail eggs and mushrooms both looked and tasted great) and the roast duck breast was a big hit for our mains. The wine list is varied and reasonable in price, and also includes a selection of 500ml carafes, which is a great option that I wish more restaurants offered. I'm really pleased to have such a gem of a restaurant close to home, and will definitely be returning soon.13/03/2013 00:00:00my favourite brasserielovely restaurant, great food, friendly service, conveniently located on wanstead high street. v accomodating in fitting in our group booking.13/03/2013 00:00:00Great Wanstead foodAnother great meal in Provender - this time lunch, from the excellent set menu. Service, as always was very attentive, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere lively and welcoming.12/03/2013 00:00:00Always very goodThis is my fourth visit and I have eaten a different meal each time and not been disappointed. Even though it was Mother's Day and the restaurant was busy we were served quickly and not rushed. It was not too noisy and we were welcomed and made to feel like we were the only ones.
Lovely as ever.
Jill10/03/2013 00:00:00Food was very good, wouldFood was very good, would definitely recommend restaurant for food lovers.09/03/2013 00:00:00Proper French foodThis means good quality, well cooked and delicious! The service was a little slow but if they are cooking fresh from scratch then, so be it! It gives you time to chat and socialise - which is what a meal out ought to be about. We are very pleased we have found this place.07/03/2013 00:00:00Lovely dinnerAnother lovely dinner at Provender, friendly service, delicious food and wine and a nice busy atmosphere on a Friday night. Loved the radishes with salt/aioli snack at the start, the aubergine bayildi was gorgeous as was my potted salmon with horseradish. We (2) shared the cote de boeuf which was delicious but probably enough meat for 4 people. Pear sorbet with eau de vie and rice pudding with ports in fruit for pudding, a lot of wine a great night22/02/2013 00:00:00Tasty mealWent on Friday night with my two sisters. Service was a little slow at the beginning, but the meal and value made up for this. Definitely worth a visit.22/02/2013 00:00:00What a gem!!!This was my first time at this restaurant and I heard good things about it and wasn't at all disappointed. Food was excellent, great service and really reasonably priced. Went for a girly lunch but will be returning with my boyfriend very soon. LOVED the celeriac soup!!21/02/2013 00:00:00Great food and service to match!Best restaurant we've eaten at in Wanstead. Lively atmosphere even on a Wednesday, definitely need to book at weekends. The food was delicious, exactly what you'd expect to be on offer at a French restaurant and the service was pitched just right. The Prix Fixe menu is incredibly good value!20/02/2013 00:00:00Special ValentinesMy fiance and I came here for Valentines and had a lovely evening. I had the halibut which was perfectly cooked and the Mont Blanc for desert was very elegant on the eye and palate. Service was top notch, the atmosphere was special without being pretentious. Can't fault the experience, really. I'd like to come back and try the regular menu, see how it compares to the Valentines special.14/02/2013 00:00:00Another most enjoyable diningAnother most enjoyable dining experience at Provender. The quality of the food is matched by the quality of the service. lucky Wanstead!09/02/2013 00:00:00Fantastic RestaurantGreat restaurant, food was excellent. Will definitely go back!21/01/2013 16:00:00Provender, great brunch spot!I've gone to Provender four times now for brunch and will keep going back. The service is good, and authentically French, and the staff have a good sense of humour and genuinely seem very happy to work there. The food is just lovely and the coffee is excellent. The only thing I would recommend they change is the bathrooms. Neither of the locks in the women's toilet actually lock, the toilet seats are wonky and it's cold! But they are clean, which is the main thing.
I definitely recommend Provender and will be going back soon.19/01/2013 16:00:00outstanding menuWe went to Provender for Sunday lunch. Apart from the standard Sunday roast there is a good selection on the normal menu. I would definitely reccomend the butternut soup to start and the blackcurrent sorbet with Cassis as dessert. My main was not actually on the menu and although it was nice it was not as special as other dishes I have eaten at Provender. I had cod thermidor for my main and it was mainly muscles with a little cod in a heavy cream sauce.05/01/2013 16:00:00Excellent restaurant!We only first visited this restaurant last summer (the last restaurant on the site being fairly average) and have since been going around once a month. Everything about it is excellent with the stand out thing being the set menu of around £11 for two courses or £14 for three, which they do all the time except at the evening on the weekend. Also they now open all day on Saturday and most of the day on Sunday, which is useful for us as we like our late lunches! We used to like Hadley House in Wanstead (mainly for lunch), which closed a couple of years ago but this place is better as the food is consistently very good as is the warm and friendly service. Definitely the best restaurant we've had in Wanstead in our 10 years living there!04/01/2013 16:00:00New Years lunch...We’ve been meaning to go for sometime and today felt like the perfect opportunity.. Portion sizes are more than generous and well priced. No one was disappointed with their choices, which were very well presented. The level of service was fantastic, even more so as it was New Years Day! We are definitely going back at point soon for an evening meal.31/12/2012 16:00:00Brilliant restaurantWhat an amazing way to spend New Year's Eve, or any night for that matter. Food is on par with that of much more expensive restaurants in Central London and the service is warm and welcoming. Will definitely be returning.30/12/2012 16:00:00Wonderful Wansted RestaurantI've been to Provender for breakfast three times now. It's a great cafe with delicious food -- possibly the best croque monsieur I've ever had, including in Paris.
We can't wait to go back to try lunch and dinner.
I gave the ambiance four stars because the toilets could use some attention -- a bit chilly, locks not working properly and no hand dryer or towels (at least not when we were there this past weekend). Otherwise, it is a great spot and I highly recommend it!29/12/2012 16:00:00Briliant again .Excellent food with efficient friendly service . It was my third time there and I am looking forward to going back again .17/12/2012 16:00:00peaceful eveningHave been to Provender several times since one of their employees helped my mum who fell outside. Never been disappointed. Only trouble is their portion sizes mean I have never managed what looks like a delicious dessert menu!17/12/2012 16:00:00A simple meal with styleWe had the set menu, which is very good value for money, if a bit limited. The main menu is good and is now undergoing some chenges, which is good also as I think the restaurant has a lot of 'regulars'.
The service was good and well paced and altogether this is a lovely restaurant for a good chat, for a group and generally to enjoy a relaxing meal.14/11/2012 00:00:00Booked for a group of 10 lateBooked for a group of 10 late Sunday birthday lunch. First time to this restaurant so slightly worried but there was no need. The selection of bites to start with were beautifully presented and quality ingredients shone. All guests were satisified with their mains. The mussels and the duck cassolet were both big hits. The desserts were huge and a bit too sweet even for my sweet tooth. I shouldn't have been so greedy and sharing one would have been suffcient. Service was very friendly and efficient albeit slightly slow. Overall a success and would definitely return.04/11/2012 00:00:00This was the second visitThis was the second visit to Provender and it is nice to have a restaurant like this in our local area. Other than the usual chains and asian cuisine, Provender provides a different eating experience. Food is well cooked and of a pretty high standard. Service is friendly and efficient. I would be happy to go back again with friends or with my children.06/10/2012 00:00:00Provender - excellent again!This was our 2nd visit to Provender and we are so fortunate to have this brilliant restaurant in Wanstead.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff, food absolutely superb both times, good wine list. Great place for both formal and informal eating, casual dining and special occasions. Love it!29/09/2012 00:00:00