Mon Plaisir has claims to being London's oldest French restaurant, and you certainly feel you might be in a Parisian bistro.
Expect to find stalwarts, such as 'Snails with Garlic Butter' and 'French Onion Soup' among the starters, alongside more upmarket items, such as 'Foie Gras de Canard with a Date and Port Reduction'.
Likewise, the main courses include 'Steak Tartare' (undergoing a general revival in popularity); alongside 'Cod with Braised Fennel, Orange & Coriander Jus'; 'Roasted Breast of Guinea Fowl with Peas Flavoured with Thyme'; 'Braised Ox Cheek in Beaujolais' and 'Roast Turbot with Salsify and Baby Spinach'. Vegetables are charged extra, which is naughty - and bumps up the bill.
Perhaps finish with 'Ile Flottante' or 'Warm Chocolate Mousse with Passion Fruit Sorbet'.
While prices seem reasonable, there's an extra charge for vegetables - perhaps making the final bill exceed expectations.
Their pre-theatre menu is excellent value.
The friendly service, which can be overstretched at times.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Mon-Sat, 12.00-14.30; set L £12.95 (2 courses), £15.95 (3 courses); mains about 322 (including vegetables)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat, 17.45-23.15; mains about £22 (including vegetables); Pre & Post Theatre 17.45-19.00 to be vacated by 20.00 or after 22.00 £13.95 (2 courses, £15.95 (3 courses)
- Seats: 100
- Wine: a typical French bistro list kicks of at around the £18 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: With difficulty, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road Undergrounds
- Directions: between Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road Underground stations - see the map at the top of this page
- Closed: all Sun