Harden's survey result
“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”.
“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”.
“An instant classic, bravo!” This “very elegant Italian on the edge of Covent Garden” proved one of the best arrivals of 2016 and although the odd report complains it’s been “hyped” the vast majority say it’s plain “stunning”. “Quality and service are in abundance” – the comfortable interior feels enjoyably “superior”, and “staff make the meal into an occasion – they make you feel very special”. “Most of the menu is of traditional dishes with a twist” and it’s “damned good too”. Top Menu Tip – “the best ever Osso Buco”.
Bar Boulud Maitre d’ Paulo de Tarso leaves Knightsbridge to open this new Italian restaurant, in Covent Garden in October 2016 alongside restaurateur Nicolas Jaouën.
Margot Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Classy Italian, with well cooked and presented food. Service is exemplary."
"Still a good venue but it has become very overpriced."
"Great location with exceptional service and food. Ambience is very good but noise from kitchen goes to the saloon, which is a bit uncomfortable. Other than that the experience was great"
"Seriously good cooking at this smart elegant Italian - it feels more Mayfair than Great Queen Street but is all the better for that; nothing trendy just careful serious Italian cuisine - vitello tonnato, pumpking ravioli with sage - classics but beautifully prepared; good wine list."
"Stunning! The staff make the meal into an occasion - they really CAN make you feel very special, in a personal way - and the food's damned good too."
|Wine per bottle||£19.50|
45 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA
|Monday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 4:30 pm-11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 4:30 pm-11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 4:30 pm-11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 4:30 pm-11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 4:30 pm-9 pm|