RestaurantsLondonCovent GardenWC2

survey result

Summary

£86
 ££££
2
Average
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Near the Freemasons’ Hall, this “classy” and “traditional”-looking Italian brasserie in Covent Garden is a “perfect business lunch place”, thanks to its classic cuisine and “well-paced” service (which is fitting for a place founded by two front-of-house specialists). Co-founder Paulo de Tarso has left, leaving Nicolas Jaouën (ex-La Petite Maison and Rivea) in charge. A small minority of reporters complained this year that, for all its qualities, the offering “lacks personality”.

Summary

£60
  £££
2
Average
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Old-school elegance is mixed with excellent, friendly service” at Paulo de Tarso & Nicolas Jaouën’s “stylish” and “very comfortable” Italian near the Freemasons’ Hall – “one of the better post-Covent Garden options”, and also a useful business venue in WC2 (“an area that isn’t too rich in restaurants of this calibre”). But, while fans still praise its “classic, simple, well-executed dishes”, ratings slid this year amidst some concerns that it “has suffered from its popularity”, producing food that seems “less enthralling” than it once did: “nice, but nothing special for the price”.

Summary

£60
  £££
2
Average
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Old-school elegance is mixed with excellent, friendly service” at Paulo de Tarso & Nicolas Jaouën’s “stylish” and “very comfortable” Italian near the Freemasons’ Hall – “one of the better post-Covent Garden options”, and also a useful business venue in WC2 (“an area that isn’t too rich in restaurants of this calibre”). But, while fans still praise its “classic, simple, well-executed dishes”, ratings slid this year amidst some concerns that it “has suffered from its popularity”, producing food that seems “less enthralling” than it once did: “nice, but nothing special for the price”.

Summary

£57
   ££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Very suave service” (“the staff make the meal into an occasion”) adds to the polish of Paulo de Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën’s “elegant” and “quite formal” (“white tablecloths, etc”) Italian: one of the better options in Covent Garden “to make an evening feel special before or after a show”. “Very accomplished” cooking completes the picture, although arguably “more traditional dishes work best”. Top Menu Tip: “particularly excellent osso bucco”.

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Restaurant details

32
No dress code
60

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £35.00 £39.00
Pretheatre £35.00 £39.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.00 £31.00 £5.00 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £26.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
45 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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