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17 reviews of L'Escargot Restaurant in English
The food just... didn't cut it. If it weren't for a special offer we all had, this wouldn't have been worth the money by a long shot.
Still good... just. Not £55-per-person-without-wine good.
Oh. And what's up with the disco dinosaur head?
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L’Escargot serves excellent French dishes, the food is classic, delicious, beautifully presented and authentic.Even a French colleague told me it was one of the best French restaurant he had ever been too.The staff is very polite and attentive, the interior is really impressive,worth coming on a special occasion.
I’m french) and after several months spent in England, I missed my home food. Thanks to l’escargot, I know where to go!!!
The inside is aesthetic and graceful, it was maybe a bit too much. Every restaurants are not like that in France but I understand that they want to provide a french experience. The service is remarkable. Our waiter was the best . What’s about the wine list? Massive and the sommelier will advice you in your wine choice. We asked some specific questions and he was very glad to answer. He knows what he’s talking about and they have some very good wines. The food is absolutely delightful.
The best of France is in this restaurant.
My mum took me and my sisters here on Saturday to celebrate my step-father's 70th. We could not have been better looked after from breadbasket to bill. It was just the right ambience with a light hubble bubble of conversation, stunning modern art and a smart, international crowd. The French waiters add to the authenticity, the food was immaculately prepared, the flavours there but not overpowering. Drinks pricey but hey this is Soho.
A pudding and candle prompted the whole restaurant to sing happy birthday to Julian.
Basically there is not a lot to add to the other reviews, except to confirm that this is the classic French dining experience, with excellent food and impeccable service - with both sommeliers and bread waiters.
What I particularly like is that they always have a decent vegetarian option, so mixed groups which include a veggie can enjoy a high class French dining experience (something not always possible in France).
A good way to experience L'Escargot without breaking the bank is to go for the daily set menu, at £15 for 2 courses or £18 for 3 courses, available at lunch times (12-14:30), pre theatre (17:30-19:00) and post theatre (22:00-23:15). Service charge is 12.5%.
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spaniardinberlin, 28 June 2010:
I just can't say enough about my experience at this well known restaurant.
The ambiance is just wonderful, the food incredible and the service first class.
Although it is not cheap it really is the best dining experience I've ever had the pleasure of.
This is a lovely french restuarant. I went many years ago when I worked in Soho Square and recently my husband took me back in October. The food is obviously french and you will obviously find snails on the menu but there is a wide varied choice. I did not think that the food was overly expensive especially for London. The wine list was huge and there were some good choices that wont break the bank.
A lovely atomosphere - intimiate and excellent service. I would go back again.
Came here for a business dinner last week and tried the lower dining room rather than its Michelin starred sister upstairs. Despite the white table cloth set up the ambiance was relaxed & unstuffy (loved the art-deco feel) and the place was buzzing even at 7pm.
We had the crab & avocado starter (layered, terrine style) and I had the wild mushroom & artichoke strudel for main, both of which were very good – full of flavour and surprisingly light (was concerned the strudel might smack of the Cornish pasty but not a bit of it). My companion had the chicken with artichoke and parma ham, which looked great, and on checking out the next door table I’ll be ordering the scallops & lamb next time around.
Took a while to navigate the menu (all for authenticity but when you can’t understand the staff enough to tell your oeufs from your moules it can get a bit frustrating) but overall the service was excellent and our waiter – think young Gerard Depardieu with a sprinkling of Jean Reno – gave us extra petite fortes so we left happy! Sucker moi?
The (heavenly) wine list is bible sized – fabulous if you’re a real connoisseur, not so fabulous if you’re a mere mortal wanting to order before next Christmas – so request the edited version if this is an issue. Or ask the sommelier for help – v. approachable and there’s nothing that man doesn’t know about grapes.
At around £8-12 for a starter and £15-25 for a main, this is a great way to try out one of Soho’s grande dames without breaking the bank.
Great restaurant. I throughly enjoyed my meal- I had; foie gras starter (would recommend to anyone- maybe apart from vegetarians :0) ) scallops mains followed by the cheese selection. All very tasty! Everyone I was with enjoyed their meals, overall the service was good without being over-bearing and the wine was reasonably priced. The restaurant itself is quite art-deco and has some fantastic mirrors- as well as a few rather fabulous paintings- to include a few Picasso sketches, a Warhol and Matisse. Definately worth a visit
At the top end of the league table, L'Escargot is a more formal destination for excellent French food. First opened in the 1920s its been a Soho landmark ever since. The likes of Jancis Robinson & Marco Pierre-White have contributed to the restaurants success over the years,
Attentive service, attention to detail, classic French table service (Sommelier etc.) this is definitely a special occasion destination. I've been lucky enough to visit several times and have experienced the main restaurant, a small private room & the top floor "Barrell Vault" private area. Everytime the service & food has been outstanding, but you'd expect nothing less for a Michelin-starred restaurant. Expect the highest quality terrines, foie gras, escargot to start with roast duck, pork or lamb for main course. All rounded off with tarts, souffles or brulees. A pre-theatre menu lets you dine out on 3 courses for less than £25 which is excellent value.
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