Le Deuxième

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Covent Garden

For theatregoers this understated restaurant is a bona fide West End hit. Playing nightly to an appreciative audience, waistcoated staff nimbly navigate the tables (which bear starched-linen tablecloths) under the careful orchestration of the immaculate maître d’. The pace is fast but never rushed; the approach formal, but never brusque. That said, the gloss of French savoir faire stops short of the menu, which has merely a whisper of Gallic flourish in the shape of escargots bourguignon or pan-fried foie gras with toasted brioche. Chef Simon Conboy regales diners with the kind of classics that have become ‘British’ favourites, be that pork belly with mustard mash, chargrilled ribeye of Scottish beef, or green thai prawn curry. It’s proficient cooking with decent ingredients at a fair price (especially if you look to the two- and three-course set menus). Braised ox cheeks were richly dense yet tender, while rump of lamb was cooked just so, medium rare. The boom and bust rhythms of pre- and post-theatre diners mean that Le Deuxième isn’t a relaxed destination, but should you pass by mid-performance, about 8pm, you might just walk in and get a table.

Venue name: Le Deuxième
Address: 65A Long Acre
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5pm-midnight Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-midnight Sat; noon-11pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Main courses £14.50-£18.50. Set meal (noon-3pm, 5-7pm, 10pm-midnight Mon-Fri; noon-midnight Sat; noon-11pm Sun) £13.50 2 courses, £16.50 3 courses.
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Ross Emerick

Is that really him? As I sat with friends inside this quaint little restaurant , I pondered the typically French menu of snails in lashings of garlic butter, cassoulet of duck and crème brulee - "That's mine sorted, you lot can sit and decide between yourselves" whilst I wax lyrical about the best places to visit in the South of France with the jolly French waiter who when we last met told me a rather amusing anecdote about a man flashing outside the restaurant during peak service at the window - Not to be attributed to the Le Deuxieme or indeed Claude,our waiter, merely a lost local citizen after a few too many sherberts. As the good Champagne flowed from a decent selection, our pores reeking of garlic like a stereotypical French cyclist with rain trickling down the former flasher's window, an ageing gentleman entered the restaurant, slightly dishevelled from the autumn wind, an umbrella the perfect size for him and his lady friend were greeted to their original table ....... It couldn't be, could it ? We looked at each other, we looked at him, we looked at each other, we looked at him again ...... My god, it couldn't be ...... but it was the legend, the man himself, the man who told us that the 80's hurricane was just a passing breeze. A man who delivered our weather for our formative years, we were indeed dining with Mr. Michael Fish - We had finally made it, a group of thirty somethings done good, dining with legends! Despite our claim to fame that night, our culinary experience was unsurpassed. The selection of French classics with a British twist was ample without being War and Peace, the wine selection equally as satisfying with some great French wines at reasonable prices. Whilst not being Le Gravoche , Le Deuxieme is far from Café Rouge and you don't need to have experienced at least one French lesson to understand. The evening only to be made even better by being one of the last to leave and seeing young Claude transform himself from dapper waiter with immaculate stitch to short sporting,backpack wearing, Boris biking local resident looking to get home before his night out on Soho.

Gary S.

“Their Website States Last order @ 10pm but Service Ends Way Before” 1 of 5 stars We were seeing a show in the West End on a Sunday evening and would not have time for dinner before. Based on some very good reviews on TripAdvisor my partner and I went to Le Deuxieme's website for more information. We were encouraged when we read this establishment's claim that the last order time for Sunday was 10pm so we made at 9:45 reservation. HUGE MISTAKE!! We arrived early (9:30) and there were a few tables in the final stages of their dinners. While things started off OK, once those other tables paid and departed, unfortunately so did our service and (even more unacceptable) the supervision of the staff. Between the service staff loudly arguing with each other, replaying the days events and the clanging silverware and other noisy closing down procedures, it was near impossible to enjoy the food which was ,in all honesty, well prepared. There was not even any background music to help diffuse the "noise" from the service staff meeting we were attending. This complete lack of hospitality was so disturbing, we decided take the dessert from our prix fixe menu to go and to just pass on the coffee. We were finally able to get our server's attention and tell him our plan and he informed us there were no containers to take our dessert home. Really?? When the manager (I use the term loosely) came to the table to inquire about our decision to depart so abruptly, it became apparent that this fish was rotting from the head down. His response to our description of the complete lack of service, hospitality and atmosphere was to tell us the staff has had a long day. While I wondered if it was as long as the day I had earning the money I was laying out for this joke of a dining experience, I just told him that this is where management is supposed to step in and it simply added insult to injury to have him shift HIS responsibility in this fiasco to his staff. Check please!! If it were me reading this review and making a decision where to eat in London, I would opt for Bistro1. Awesome food, service and management. Don't waste your time or your money at Le Deuxieme. It needs a new manager and a re-training of the staff on how to deliver hospitality.

Doyle Hinson

After reading all of the glowing reviews for this restaurant, I booked a table for my partner and myself for after the theatre last evening. HUGE mistake. What could have been a wonderful dining experience was marred by ugly shenanigans by a staff nearing the end of their shift, and obviously irritable, grumpy with one another, and unable--or unwilling--to keep their personal problems amongst themselves. We had to assume that they simply did not care that the completely silent atmosphere in the restaurant was disrupted by the loud altercation between our server and someone out of sight in the kitchen, with the manager merely shushing them. We were the last guests, and were told that they do not play any kind of music there when we tried to subtly hint that the noise was disturbing by asking if they play music in the restaurant. Reading over some of the negative reviews written by other guests in recent months, it became obvious, and you can check them yourself if it interests you, that a sampling points to complaints where the common denominators seem to be PEOPLE WITH PARTNERS (diners GARVTS and NLOUS11), LATE NIGHT DINERS, and SERVICE/MANAGEMENT. It certainly made us wonder if they have a problem with gay diners in particular, and possibly that they're irritated with people who book make late bookings. As I tried to explain to the manager, who could not have been more interested in defending his staff's inexcusable behavior, they should not take reservations past the point at which they are willing to provide a positive dining experience. It should be noted that we arrived EARLY for the evening's next-to-the-last available reservation, made weeks in advance, and that the restaurant IS in the theatre district after all, even noting post-theatre dining on their website. Too bad about the whole debacle, as we had enjoyed the food so much that, half-way through the meal, while there were still other diners present, we had discussed returning before our London stay ends in two weeks. Their obvious lack of respect for people still eating in the dining room once we were the only table still seated, coupled with a response that showed no sign of taking any kind of responsibility for our uncomfortable and unpleasant experience, really left a bad taste in our mouths. This is just no way to treat guests supporting a business--when the service goes out the window, the rest of the meal is really just a wash imho... I AM happy to say that it does not appear, given the handful of other restaurants that we've visited thus far, that we will be lacking in options for dining where the staff and managements view customer comfort and satisfaction as paramount objectives.