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Summary

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”.

£59
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£59
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This “old-fashioned bistro” – a “very French” Theatreland stalwart for over half a century – continues to dish up “classic bourgeois cooking” in its “bustling” warren of dining rooms; “some of the food falls a little short” nowadays, but the famous pre-theatre menu offers the same great value as ever.

£59
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Have you eaten at Mon Plaisir?

Owner's description

Take a stroll down Monmouth Street, London and you’ll discover a little piece of England that will remain forever French.

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.

Restaurant details

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Highchair, Menu, Portions,
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11 pm
19-21 Monmouth St, London, WC2H 9DD
Opening hours

all day noon - 11.15 pm
Last orders: 11 pm

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