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©Rob Grieg
Earl's Court

What makes the perfect French bistro? A menu of timeless dishes? Discreet, flawless service? Red banquettes? Loads of big gold-framed mirrors? Or is it something indefinable, a sense of élan that comes only with the Gallic commitment to hospitality?

Garnier has all these to spare. Although the restaurant opened only in 2012, it looks like it’s been there forever; it’s certainly not at the cutting edge of anything – but that’s not the point. What diners get is a display of serious adroitness in the kitchen, with chefs clearly possessing deep knowledge of the principles that made French cooking a benchmark in the first place.

There’s soupe de poisson. Assiette de crudités. Snails, foie gras terrine, steak tartare. The menu is split traditionally, with ‘Les Poissons’ featuring scallops with cauliflower, and sole with parsley butter. From ‘Les Viandes’ came a beautifully tender shin of Scotch beef served with puréed vegetables. Bread and butter, and side dishes of potatoes and beans, are complimentary and excellent. Desserts include crêpes suzette and crème brûlée.

The all-French wine list isn’t greedily priced and offers value at the lower end too. Eric and Didier Garnier, the brothers behind this venture, are no strangers to the restaurant scene, and it shows.

Venue name: Garnier
Address: 314 Earl's Court Road
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; noon-3.30pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Earl's Court tube or West Brompton tube/rail
Price: Main courses £16.50-£49. Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £18.50 3 courses; (Sun) £21.50 2 Courses

Average User Rating

2.3 / 5

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Brian McGill

Overpriced, Atmosphere resembling that of a school canteen (not cozy at all), Poor service (very blasé and didn't care). Good Oysters though. I agree with the previous two reviewers - Galvin and Racine are in a different league! To be avoided

Ben Collins

I found this utterly disappointing. Pretty sloppy brasserie food at high end prices. There was almost nothing right on my main of sirloin with bordelaise sauce: a steak that was 90% gristle, flaccid fries, watery sauce. The previous reviewer is absolutely right - head for Galvin, Racine or even Zedel for an infinitely superior brasserie experience.


went for sunday lunch, and plumped for the 2 course set. wonderful, rich white onion soup, followed by a faultless whole pan-fried plaice with capers. careful, attentive service and all for £21 plus a glass of pouily fume of pedigree (8.50, i think) this place deserves to succeed.