Ma Cuisine is a model of simple sophistication. Fresh ingredients and traditional recipes are handled simply and satisfying with no homage paid to the latest food fads. This is the second of John McClement's local bistros, his original venture in leafy Twickenham, opened in 2003, already draws a discerning foodie crowd from across the capital and a third has opened in Barnes. The simplicity of the food is reflected in the understated décor. White and black tiles blend easily with elegant tiffany lampshades, uninspiring bare walls and slightly 1970s plastic table cloths. Located on the site of a former post office it struggles slightly to throw off the sterility of its former incarnation. A starter of asparagus salad comes with an excellent hollandaise and the wild mushroom risotto is equally accomplished. Mains are simpler still. A cassoulet of confit duck and Toulouse sausage is cooked to perfection. From the fish dishes, wing of skate comes with a tasty, tangy caper and lemon butter sauce. The accompanying vegetables, crisp green beans and potatoes dauphinoise are plainly presented but winningly handled. Desserts are equally satisfying, the petite but decadent pot au chocolat being particularly good. This was hearty French fare without the fuss at exceptionally reasonable prices. Ma Cuisine is something of a local institution and the compact dining area is regularly packed most evenings.