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.
Over a period of time, while the brasserie remained downstairs this smarter dining room, with a more elaborate menu was opened above - and this is the situation today.
The kitchen offers first-class French-style dishes on a menu that follows the seasons. Luxurious ingredients abound.
Starters might include 'Tartare of Red Mullet, Vinaigrette and Vine Tomatoes'; 'Terrine of Foie Gras with Prunes, Armagnac Jelly, Toasted Poilane' and 'Warm Salad of Caramelised Sweetbreads with Wild Mushroom and Truffle Vinaigrette'.
Mains maybe 'Grilled Native Lobster, Beurre de Mousserons, Salade Verte'; 'Roast Challon Duck, Foie Gras en Croûte, Puy Lentils, Sauce Rouennaise' and 'Bresse Pigeon en Croûte, Ravioli of Wild Mushrooms and a Fumet of Ceps'.
Finish with 'Coconut Crème Brulée'; 'Roast Brioche of Pineapple, Passion Fruit and Pineapple Sorbet' or their selection of British and French cheeses.
Service is polite and efficient.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Tues-Fri 12.00-14.00, set L £20.50 (2 courses) to £40
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-23.00, set D £48 (3 courses)
- Seats: 30
- Wine: a good, French oriented, list kicks off at £17
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: No
- Nearest station: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Road Underground
- Parking: NCP Chinatown or Street parking
- Closed: L Sat-Mon, D Sun & Mon; some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned