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“I’ve been coming with friends since the ’60s, and though it’s nothing too fancy (escargots, steak-frites, excellent cheese) it never disappoints” – that’s the kind of loyalty which keeps this “very cosy”, 70-year-old bistro in business, and even if “maybe it’s past its best”, “it’s still hard not to fall in love with it”. Much-extended over the years, “there are lots of small rooms, and although I can never decide if the food is as good as the decor, the eccentric layout is certainly all part of its charm”. Top Tip – “pre-theatre it’s a steal”.
“A firm favourite for over 20 years!” This “old-fashioned”, Covent Garden 70-year-old – much-expanded over the decades – is supremely “idiosyncratic, with lots of quaint, little hidey-holes”. Its “traditional Gallic staples” are “not the best in town, but you know you’ll be well fed without spending crazy prices”, especially if you go for the super-popular pre-theatre and lunch deals.
This “delightful” 70-year-old, Gallic veteran in Covent Garden, is “a staunch friend” to its big, devoted following; especially compared with yesteryear however, the “classic” brasserie fare is “never going to set the world alight”, but it’s certainly still “good value pre-theatre”.
“Nothing really changed since our first visit in the ’60s!” – Covent Garden’s “stalwart” Gallic bistro (in fact, much expanded over the years) is a “romantic” old favourite, with top-value menus at lunch and pre-theatre; the food? – “never surprising, always reliable”.
Mon Plaisir, London’s oldest French restaurant, has been a purveyor of the finest French cuisine for over half a century.
The entente cordiale hits you as you enter and the French atmosphere is as thick as the waiters’ French accents. You’ll find yourself surrounded by wonderfully original French artefacts. You could even find yourself leaning against the pewter topped bar which once graced the lounge of a Lyonnais brothel.
Mon Plaisir Style
The four rooms have completely different feels, as you enter you find yourself in the original dining room which hasn’t changed in the restaurant’s long history. Since then Monsieur Lhermitte, the proprietor has added three more uniquely individual areas. With the help of Biba designers Whitmore Thomas, he has managed to capture the feeling of French decadence in the Forties.
But people don’t go to the restaurant to look at the walls, Mon Plaisir’s menu boasts the best of French food, from traditional to modern, just a browse through the menu will send your saliva glands into overload.
Mon Plaisir Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It hasn't changed for decades, and why should it? The food is true old-fashioned French, and very good. The service is unobtrusively efficient. The dÃ©cor is part of the charm. All at sensible prices for what is now smart Seven Dials. We had the vegetarian options, and they were excellent, plus a magnificent and generous cheese board (one plate is enough for two) Long may it survive."
"A truly authetic French restaurant in the midst of London. The mackerel and fennel tart was a perfect starter, and my venison fillet and ragout exceptional. So unhurried - great luncheon venue."