London Restaurants

DAVID’S BISTRO: London’s Oasis for Food Lovers

Written by The Editors

One of Downtown London’s culinary landmarks for over 20 years, David’s Bistro is truly “an oasis for food lovers.” Professional, friendly service is provided by Owner David Chapman (centre), his wife Cindy Kinsella (second fro the left), and his daughter, Manager Natalie Chapman (second from the right). Chef Elvis Drennan (far right) leads an exceptional kitchen staff, including Sous Chef Rick Hunt (far left) and line cook Andrew Woolcox-Howe (far back).

The Scene

Daily Prix Fixe Specials

David’s Bistro, a classic French bistro, was opened in 1998 by David Chapman. After being chef and then chef/owner of Anthony’s Seafood Bistro (a local landmark at the time) for 18 years, Chapman decided to reinvent himself. His traditional bistro, with its small bar and vibrant red walls, is a venerated downtown London culinary anchor. The classic bistro motif perfectly matches the traditional approach to service and attention to detail. 

Menu Highlights 

Exceptional Wine List

Owner David Chapman and Chef Elvis Drennan, who has helmed the kitchen and a talented kitchen staff for a number of years, present perfectly executed classic regional French-inspired specialties. The emphasis is on authentic country cuisine with high quality, primarily seasonal, quality local ingredients. Chapman and Drennan are long-time proponents of the philosophy that simplicity, seasonality and purity are the hallmarks of good cooking.

Chalkboard prix-fixe menus change daily, in tune with the seasons and the availability of special items. So too does the interesting wine list vary, always with a range of carefully selected consignment wines listed on a separate blackboard, augmenting regular favourites. Classic Bistro Fare at David’s includes the highly recommended: 

Pan roasted Halibut with zucchini, sweetydrop pepper and pea ragoût and saffron cream sauce;

Braised Spring Lamb Shank with hominy grits and mint gremolata;

Grilled Rack of Venison with ricotta gnocchi, boar bacon and red wine jus;

Duck Leg Confit with lingonberry jus, rösti potato and asparagus;

• An innovative dessert selection, all made in house.


Classic Bistro 

432 Richmond Street (at Carling)


LUNCH: WED–FRI 11:30 am–2:30 pm 

DINNER: MON–SUN 5 pm–10 pm
LUNCH: $14– $18
DINNER: $28 – $36

Prix fixe menu changes daily
2 Courses: $28
3 Courses: $32 

Classic French Bistro Fare
Daily Prix Fixe Choices
Excellent Wine List, Available by Glass or Bottle

Dark Chocolate Torchon

Asparagus & Edamame Salad

Grilled Tuna with Risotto Noir