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£71
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The charming warren of rooms helps make for a happy experience” at this “nostalgic”, and “immensely charming” Gallic super-bistro, near Covent Garden, which opened just after WWII and which has rambled over the years into neighbouring buildings. “For many decades the menu has hardly changed and continues to reflect Parisian bistros with confit de canard, steak grillé and a fine chariot de fromages... warming in winter and equally welcoming the rest of the year”. New owners, Fabio Lauro and Family took over in 2022 from Alain Lhermitte (who owned it since 1972) “leaving some people worried this place has gone off”. But “the food was not what it was” before Alain retired, and ratings improved here somewhat this year – hopefully the start of a positive new chapter for this old veteran.

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£69
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Mon Plaisir felt like an old-fashioned time warp when I first started coming here in the 1980s, and it hasn’t changed since!” – this sprawling bistro in Covent Garden is set in “a French honeycomb of rooms” and many of its devotees say it’s “still holding its own” thanks to its “delightful authenticity” (“serving French food – including proper snails and other bistro classics – in the French way”) and its “beguiling” approach generally (“a great place to look starry-eyed into your partner's eyes”). Its ratings are sliding, though, due to numerous other long-term fans losing interest (“I hadn’t been in years and found average food, variable service and a tired impression generally”: “…a pity as it used to be so good!”)

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£58
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“London’s oldest family-run French bistro never fails”, and still offers a “quirkily traditional experience” 75 years after its launch in Covent Garden in the post-war era. It’s “a bit dated”, of course, but that’s part of the appeal: “the cooking is good rather than exceptional – more Gallic comfort food than gastronomic”, so “go for the classics, onion soup and steak frites”. Top Tip: “great for pre- or post-theatre”.

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£54
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“For a romantic touch of Paris”, this “archetypal” Gallic bistro in Covent Garden (dating from 1946) certainly looks the part – “a warren of rooms”, which has seen numerous additions over the years, and where the “delightful” ambience is at its strongest in the oldest section of all. The cuisine is very “traditional” and, according to most diners, “still superb after so many years”; but others are more nuanced in their praise: “it’s not the best French food by far, but a visit is like meeting an old friend who’s been in your life for decades”. Top Tip – “the pre-theatre deal is great value”.

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Reviews of Mon Plaisir Restaurant Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Mon Plaisir Restaurant restaurant.
Kenny N
I haven't been here for a very long time. A...
Reviewed 4 days ago

"I haven't been here for a very long time. And I wish I could say it hasn't changed but it has: it is now brighter and more modern, shame because I quite liked the shabby French bistro look. The food, however, was much as I expected: very good without being spectacular. We enjoyed main courses of haddock and filet mignon of pork, good coffee and a good bottle of wine. I will definitely be going back again and much sooner than last time."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£14.80 £23.00 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £26.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
19-21 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
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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