The last couple of years have seen an influx of high-quality, cheap barbecue shacks into Soho – so is the competition making this cosy, Gallic dining room feel dated? The hordes of after-work twirtysomethings who continue to pack it out certainly don’t think so.
There are undeniably antiquated touches: staff attempt to lure customers into spending £10 more than the price of house wine by plonking £25 bottles of Chianti on tables. And the astonishingly long menu (15 starters and 18 main courses including no less than four variations on steak- frites) tends to opt for quantity of over quality. A portion of mushroom parcels featuring big, tacky pastry squares with scant filling failed to impress; neither did the chewy skin of twice-roasted belly pork served with dry mash; but the rich tomato ragoût topping tender spatchcocked baby chicken was better.
Cooking might be variable, and mains cost a not-inconsiderable £13 or thereabouts, but there’s no denying the charming, low-lit ambience of this perennially popular restaurant. It has a sense of humour too. The main stylistic touch paying homage to the venue’s French theme? A giant plastic frog squatting in the corner.
Famous for their steamed mussels in white wine, garlic and cream and their daily home made soups or their main courses of steak and frites or tender slow cooked beef bourgignon perfect for those cold winter days.
Haven't booked your Christmas party yet? Pierre Victoire have their own private dining room downstairs or for large parties, you can hire the whole venue! Call now to find out the choice of menus.
They also have a sister restaurant on Dean St called Prix Fixe, which is well worth a visit.