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Summary

“The simplest menu” – the only items are “great steak-frites” accompanied by their “legendary secret sauce” (though you do get a choice of dessert) – makes for a “winning formula” at the three London branches of this international French-based chain. “If steak and chips tick your boxes, this will too!”. “Time it wrong, and you’ll have to queue”.

£47
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“You know what you are getting” at this Gallic steakhouse chain whose “unique formula” delivers “excellence through simplicity” – the only menu option is “tasty” steak-frites (with unlimited seconds), garnished with their “to-die-for secret sauce”.

£47
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Addictive steak, secret sauce and fries” (and no other menu options) is the winning formula of this “busy” Gallic grill-house chain, whose “efficient but perfunctory”, “bums-on-seats” approach adds little to the ambience. “Annoying no-reservations policy” – expect a queue.

£46
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A very simple concept that works every time” – this Gallic steakhouse chain offers little choice – you get “a rather tasty green salad”, steak with secret sauce, “addictive fries”, and second helpings if needed; the setting is “bustling”, but “brusque-verging-on-rude” service can leave branches feeling “soulless”.

£46
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Have you eaten at Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte?

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
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Harden's says...

Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte EC2

An instant smash-hit, this convivial Parisian-inspired steakhouse, on the site of the old Stock Exchange building, offers an excellent all-round fixed-price formula.


Rarely have the massed ranks of Britain's finest national restaurant critics talked such unadulterated tripe as they did on the launch of London's original outpost of a Parisian steakhouse, back in 2005. Very sensibly, the public took no notice at all, and the Marylebone restaurant has been a hit since day one.


The group has now launched a bigger, and even better, branch, in the heart of the City. Bigger it may be, but it's already heaving. Well, what's not to like? A tasty salad is followed by a hearty portion of steak (in two services) with 'special sauce' and unlimited frites, in a cosy, convivial and convenient setting.


And at eminently reasonable prices too. The basic all-in meal is £19 plus service. Recession or not - hey, even depression or not - that sounds to us like a pretty much perfect formula.


No booking, so get there early.


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