Maybe at the time this was reviewed by Time Out it wasn't that good, but 2 stars at the moment don't do it justice. I went for an evening meal, had foie gras for starter, steak for main and creme brulee for desert and all were excellent. The atmosphere is good and the service is quite funny as the article says. The only draw back is that the menu us quite limited.
© Rob Greig
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Time Out says
Posted: Fri Jan 20 2012
Café Gourmand is a charming little place. It’s what you want a Soho café to be like: retro-styled frontage, marble and glass display cabinet, one shared table and some bar stools perched around high counters. Our waiter even spoke with a ‘Rapido’ French accent, like Antoine de Caunes. It’s all suitably nouveau-rustic, with a blackboard menu of simple breakfast and lunch dishes and snacks.
There are currently a few (bought-in) croissants and breads, soup of the day, filled sandwiches, tartines (open sandwiches), a small choice of hot dishes, some cakes. Roast beef takes pride of place in the window; our beef sandwich was nicely medium rare, with a smear of horseradish to give it a kick.
The hot dishes on two return visits were less successful. A day’s special of cassoulet mostly contained good pork sausages and soft haricot beans, but the sauce was too salty. Coq au vin had been correctly slow-cooked so the meat slid off the bone, but the sauce was a little watery.
The French apple tart was topped with wafer-thin apple slices which were unglazed and wilting a bit, the pastry base verging on burnt. Much better were the three little desserts – crème brûlée, lemon tart and chocolate mousse.
Café Gourmand has a lovely personality, but on two of our three visits during the first month, the food was a bit disappointing. Fortunately, things look likely to improve soon. Evening opening is planned (until 10pm Mon-Sat), which should up the ante a bit, and turn it into more of a bistro than a café.
Café Gourmand 53 Lexington St
- Venue phone:
020 7734 2291
- Opening hours:
Open 8am-6pm Mon; 8am-10pm Tues-Thu; 8am-10.30pm Fri; 10am-10.30pm Sat; 11am-6pm Sun.
Tube: Oxford Circus tube
Lunch for two around £22
- 53 Lexington St
- 020 7734 2291
- 53 Lexington St
- Café Gourmand
Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
- 5 star:5
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
Why have Time Out given it 2 stars when the diners have given it 5?? gross underestimation and delusions of grandeur?? or is the place not trendy enough.. I dont get it... A re-evaluation is in order!!
I had a lunchtime hankering for 'the perfect french onion soup, complete with a cheesy crouton on top' and had little hope of finding it within 5 minutes of the office (especially to take away) but was very pleasantly surprised to find the real deal at Cafe Gourmand! Heaps of cheese, blowtorched on top of the bread - heaven. Needless to say I will be going back :)
Ended up here semi-randomly - on the way to somewhere else - and was very glad I did. Had a lovely Steak 'n' Frites here - and the atmosphere was just wonderful. Oh - and the food was terrific too!
Fantastic little place! French owner is there all the time and kitchen staff are mostly French too, therefore the quality is superb! Beef sandwiches and coq u vin are my favourite. Find it and love it