Signed photos from many of Britain’s best-loved actors line the walls at l’Etoile, forming a great sea of thespian endorsement that fills every available space. The restaurant itself has been around for over a century, and its aesthetic is firmly of the old school; etched glass, red banquettes and starched linen remain the order of the day.
The food is resolutely classic too: a ham hock terrine starter with apple chutney and sauce vierge is straight from the Left Bank; and a delicate double-baked mushroom soufflé is a well-judged French staple, served with a cool twist of chive crème fraîche. Main courses satisfied without enthralling. A light, fresh salmon and leek fish cake arrived with mushy peas and an endive salad, and corn-fed chicken accompanied by a mini kiev and red wine sauce was hearty yet undistinguished.
There’s more imagination at work in the desserts. A light lemon tart came intriguingly topped with popping candy, and a hefty portion of rice pudding was decked with great shavings of caramelised pineapple. Elena’s faded grandeur and traditional dishes are part of its charm: this is a place for a nostalgic feed rather than an inspiring one.
Elena's also boasts four beautifully appointed private salons in classical French style. They are ideal for smaller events. For larger groups, the whole venue is also available for exclusive take-overs subject to availability. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, a cocktail and canapé event, a book-launch to private party, we can cater for the needs of groups from 6 to 140 people.
We pride ourselves on our wine list at Elena's. Our carefully crafted cellar combines vintage and new world wines to accompany your meal. A large selection of our wines are served by the glass. Elena's special offers allow guests to enjoy our delicious French-inspired cuisine at the best value through a limited time discount or gourmet set menu.
|Venue name:||Elena's L'Étoile||Contact:|
30 Charlotte Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 5-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road tube|
|Price:||Main courses £15.75-£20.25. Set meal £20.95 2 courses, £25.95 3 courses|
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