When it opened as 'L'Escargot Bienvenue' in 1927, it this was one of Britain's first brasseries. In those days, they reared their own snails in the basement of the restaurant. Although it was closed for a short period in the 1900's, it is now thriving again and a Soho institution.
Although passing through many sets of hands since the, the restaurant still buzzes with life and excitement - even though it has been given a modern, more comfortable feel.
This downstairs operation (a more elaborate menu is offered at 'L'Escargot, Picasso Room' upstairs [q.v.] - still offers brasserie-type fare.
So expect to start with the likes of 'Ravioli of Crab with Chervil Butter Sauce'; 'Terrine of Ham Hock and Foie Gras, Sauce Gribiche' or 'Tarte Tatin of Caramelised Onion and Goat's Cheese'.
To perhaps be followed by 'Tranche of Calf's Liver, Pommes Mousseline, Sauce Diable'; 'Fillet of Smoked Haddock, Colcannon, Poached Egg, Grain Mustard Sauce' or 'Blenheim Estate Lamb, Basil Mousseline, Fettuccine of Vegetables, Jus of Black Olives'.
Finish with 'Lemon Tart'; 'Blackberry Soufflé'; 'Hot Chocolate Fondant' or some of their English and French cheeses.
Friendly, efficient service.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.15; set L £15 (2 courses) to £18; mains £12.95 to £15.95
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00 (Sat 17.30); set D (before 19.00 only) £15 (2 courses) to £18; mains £12.95 to £15.95
- Seats: 70
- Wine: a good, mainly French, list kicks off at £17
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: please enquire
- Nearest station: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Road
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: NCP Chinatown, Street parking
- Closed: L Sat & Sun, D Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned