Once a month on a saturday we go for a set menu lunch at Mon Plaisir, a wonderful atmospheric restaurant in the heart of London theatre land. We never have been dissapointed or have reason to complain about anything. The staff are charming, and welcoming at every visit. its our treat that we look forward to and now that we understand there is a set menu in the evening too, will be eating there much more.
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Sep 25 2013
Delightfully retro, Mon Plaisir is a long-standing Covent Garden fixture popular with theatregoers, tourists and, for some reason, studenty types out with their parents. Knick-knacks (framed prints, copper pans) abound in the four interconnecting dining areas, and there are even red-and-white checked tablecloths. Cooking focuses on bistro classics of the coq au vin, pork rillettes and steak- frites variety.
A first course of onion tarte tatin was faultless – we appreciated the thyme-infused roast red onion half on a crisp puff pastry base, crowned with tangy goat’s cheese and finished with peppery caramel syrup. Good news continued with a light yet intensely flavoured dish of seared scallops and steamed clams accompanied by reduced stock, cream and cooking juices from the clams. Desserts weren’t in the same league – a chocolate profiterole filled with fresh mint ice-cream was overshadowed by an avalanche of stodgy chocolate sauce.
Equally dispiriting, dark and milk chocolate mousse, served in a glass, was fridge-cold and leaden in texture. Service can be brusque when the tables get busy. If you’re after a bargain, check out the great value pre-theatre and set lunch deals.
Mon Plaisir 19-21 Monmouth Street
- Venue phone:
020 7836 7243
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- Opening hours:
Meals served noon-11.15pm Mon-Fri. Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5.45-11.15pm Sat
Tube: Covent Garden
Main courses £16.95-£23.95. Set lunch £12.95 2 courses, £15.95 3 courses. Set meal (5.45-7pm, after 10pm Mon-Sat) £12.95 2 courses, £14.95 3 courses incl coffee
- 19-21 Monmouth Street
- 020 7836 7243
- 19-21 Monmouth Street
- Mon Plaisir
Average User Rating
2.3 / 5
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- 1 star:4
Set in a gorgeous little street in Covent Garden, under a giant Tricolore flag, Mon Plaisir was a delightful place to visit with a friend on a recent Friday evening. My friend arrived before me and when I arrived the maitre d' took me straight to her, minding me not to bump my head on the slightly low ceiling near the kitchen. The atmosphere was delightful inside with low lighting, soothing background music, and just enough conversation from other tables to drown out mine and my friend's own girlie chitchat. Although it was fairly busy, the service was fantastic throughout. Whenever our wine was getting low, our waiter would come over and top up our glasses, I hardly noticed him doing it half the time. The meal was delicous. We both skipped starters in favour of aperitifs, which I then followed with the Scottish steak. It was cooked to perfection (medium/well-done is how I like it - I know, shame on me) and I enjoyed every mouthful. My friends had one of the fish dishes and easily polished off the entire plate. For dessert we both had sorbet, the perfect way to end the meal. There were some tasty crushed biscuits sprinkled on top, which made it even more enjoyable. The meal came to just over £100 for two people (this included aperitifs, main courses, desserts and a bottle of house white). For me, this is more than I would spend on an average evening eating-out, but I have only been out of university for a year so I'm not exactly rolling in the green yet! The best part about the whole experience was that when we left the restaurant, every single member of staff that we passed made a point of smiling at us and thanking us for visiting before then wishing us well for the rest of the evening. Such warm service that a lot of other places could learn from. I would definitely revisit, but on my budget it would have to be for a special occasion. However, for most Londoners it is very reasonably priced and the food is definitely worth it. You must visit with either friends or family. Even better, why not take a love interest as it is the perfect romantic spot for a date.
OMG!!! Never EVER again!!!! To avoid absolutely! I had scallops with purée, I had 3 scallops on my plate and a spoon of mashed potatoe..... And for 22£!!!! One of the most affordable bottle was at 41£!
A real shame. A fantastic restaurant in the 80's which has now hit rock bottom. A vile coq au vin, a laughable duck, cold vegetables ,ghastly service, decent wine, nice puddings - but what would you expect for nearly £100 for two for lunch? Tourist trap a la Covent Garden. Avoid at all costs.
Mon Plaisir was one of my favourite restaruants, but we have been let down by bad meals and worse service. Service has always been poor - but the food excellent. Our last two meals have been very disappointing and at the prices you pay, you'd get far better value elsewhere. A real shame.
The worst restaurant I have ever had the misfortune of eating at. Hostile service, disgusting cooking that was inedible (Was that the microwave I heard in the distance???!!!) and a house wine that makes cheap vinegar look like a tasty alternative. If you cherish anything about life, avoid.