Traditional French cooking in a cosy, brick-walled bistro.
|Venue name:||Le Garrick||Contact:|
10-12 Garrick St
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Sq/Covent Garden|
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Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:5
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
How many times have you found yourself in the center of London - on Leicester Square before a visit to the theatre for example - with the unfortunate impression of being caught in a tourist trap? Overcrowded, noisy, covered with chain restaurants... this is not exactly the perfect place to find the rare culinary pearl.
Just a step away from Covent Garden, enter the Garrick restaurant to find a French, family and relaxed atmosphere. A tiny ground floor, very busy on weekends, overlooks the basement, with romantic alcoves. The menu of the restaurant was created by the owner of the place, Charles, raised in the Basque country. As a starter, you should definitely try the squid casserole with chilli. A recipe from Charles' family, which holds its secret taste from ginger and another ingredient that your diet will suffer from. The French wine list is well supplied. Staff is French and very friendly. The decoration is welcoming, which makes this place the perfect alternative to Five Guys and Co.
I found the food mediocre at best, certainly not close to French quality or standards. Wine was good. Waiter was nice and helpful but kept interrupting us unnecessarily.
Venue looks old and not well kept, and it smells like it. First and only time I went and I wouldn't recommend it due to food safety concerns.
At the end of our meal we spotted mice just by the table behind us where customers had just left. We immediately got up to go pay and leave. We informed the staff and manager of what had happened. They apologised saying that this is London and that's how it is in basements in London but they make sure food stay protected. No concern at all about the other customers sitting there unaware. We didn't want to make a fuss so paid and run for the hills.
This West end stalwart is quite simply superbe! I took my parents who are total Francophiles & I don't think they'll eat anywhere else after our wonderful evening. Our French waitress from Bordeaux was utterly charming. She easily talked us in to the most delicious champagne cocktail aperitif I have ever tasted. The food was délicieux but it was the service that elevated this from a good to a great dining experience, merci!
What a gem! The food was excellent – I had French onion soup and steak and frites; perfectly executed and full of flavour. And best of all - the downstairs area is atmospheric, candle lit and cavernous; great for a romantic, intimate dinner… Highly recommended.