Palm Court Brasserie

Restaurants, European Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Palm Court Brasserie
Richard Haughton

A French brasserie located a short walk from the main piazza in Covent Garden, decorated in 1920s art nouveau style. The narrow dining area is framed with French posters, giving the intimate space a slick of brasserie authenticity. 

Palm Court serves classic French dishes like mussels, steak-frites and salad Niçoise. In addition to the mostly-French, old-world-skewed wine menu, there are aperitifs and classic cocktails, too.

 

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Palm Court Brasserie says
Set in the heart of Covent Garden, and overlooking the piazza, Palm Court is the quintessential, intimate, Parisian-style brasserie.
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Venue name: Palm Court Brasserie
Address: 39 King Street
London
WC2E 8JS
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
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3.5 / 5

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Mediocre food, nice enough atmosphere but the restaurant is sweltering. The service really lets this place down. It is slow, rude, and is undoubtedly the worst service I have ever had in London.


Boy, was I scared. I'm French, so French restaurants abroad are not my first choice. But the post-theater menu offer was tempting and I gave it a go. 
For starters, the setting is really nice, on the posh side. Lights are a bit too low to actually see your food, not a good sign, but pleasant after a show. Service was impeccable - most of the front-of-house staff is actually Italian, this is no place to show off your French foodie vocabulary, but the waiter was a true pro and very kind. Extra star for him here.

Now, the food. To be honest, I was expecting a lot worse. The portions were decent. The trout was tasty and looked overcooked but wasn't. It's really bistrot food, and there's nothing wrong with that.

I arrived at 10 PM after the show and while I was served quickly, no-one tried to rush me. 

Don't expect miracles, don't expect an actual French brasserie. But honest food done seriously, it is. I've eaten a lot worse for a lot more money. 

Tastemaker

This is one of those places I always wanted to try but suspected would be too expensive. As fate would have it, I booked a play at the Vaudeville through Time Out and at checkout was offered a pre-theatre menu meal at Palm Court for £12 per person. Who would I be to say no! It was even better than i’d thought - perfect for a dinner date, nice soft lighting, good portions and selection of vege and gluten friendly food, and lovely service. My friend and I both had the soup to start, followed by a risotto (which I couldn’t finish). Would have loved to stay longer, and will definitely be back.

tastemaker

I don’t believe I’ve explored many French restaurants in London, but this was rather good! My friend and I came here for dinner last week, as there was an offer on OpenTable for 50% off the à la carte menu for a minimum of two people with an order of a starter or dessert and a main.


I’ve always wanted to try this restaurant, as I often walk by it in Covent Garden. It’s decorated beautifully inside and out, with lovely foliage covering the exterior of the building. Once inside, I was met with a very familiar ambiance – typical of a French restaurant or brasserie in Paris. I immediately felt at home because of how cosy it was.

We were seated by the entrance at a table by the window, which I thought was rather cute. It had a good view of people walking by outside but was not the best placed for getting the waiter’s attention when we wanted to order and pay for the bill.


While waiting for our food, we were offered a Bread Basket. This came with butter and black olive tapenade on the side. The latter was absolutely divine, both me and my friend were fighting over who would finish it! I liked that the butter was unsalted and served at room temperature, which made it easy to spread on the bread. The bread itself though was a disappointment. It resembled baguette but it most certainly did not taste like baguette – the crust was too soft, it had no crunch, and it tasted slightly stale (perhaps because we were eating at the end of the day).


After browsing through the menu, I decided to order the French Onion Soup as my starter. This was an obvious choice because it is rather traditional and a dish I haven’t had in years. I thought this was executed quite well! The top of the soup bowl was covered in nicely melted cheese and filled with loads of bread soaked in the onion soup and a generous serving of onions at the bottom of the bowl. As this dish can be quite heavy, I liked how they proportioned it well – the bowl was the perfect size and there was definitely enough to share with my friend, which we did. I did find that the soup was a tad salty, so it became increasingly harder to finish after I was halfway through.


Since my starter was already quite dense, I decided to have the Confit Duck Salad for my main course. I was surprised by how generous the serving was, as it arrived on a large plate filled with fresh spinach leaves, orange segments, pickled endives, bits of pancetta, and large chunks of confit duck. I thought the duck was seasoned well but I had a few rather dry pieces (perhaps from the exterior of the duck). The pancetta added a nice savoury and smoked flavour to the dish, which provided an extra layer. The combination of all the ingredients and flavours made for a delicious and tasty salad! It was also dressed in a light and citrus sauce, which helped to elevate the flavours further.


My friend ordered the Moules Mariniere & Frites for his main course, which was equally impressive. They were very generous with their portion size, as it arrived in a huge pot filled with mussels in a flavourful and creamy sauce. I thought that was the best part of the dish, how authentic and tasty the sauce was! It would have been perfect to use the bread from the bread basket to soak up the sauce. The mussels themselves were also quite large, making each mouthful a juicy and meaty one.


For dessert, my friend and I agreed on the Classic Vanilla Crème Brulée. As the name suggests, it is a classic French dessert and something easy to appreciate. It was well portioned for a dessert and in fact, keeping it small works out for the better because of how creamy and rich this dessert can be. I thought the sugar top was well done because I could hear a distinct crack when I used my spoon to break it. However, the actual crème brulée was a let-down. Its consistency was too firm for a crème brulée and resembled a crème caramel more. I thought it the flavour and taste was fine though, a good hit of vanilla in the cream and a slight bitterness from the sugar top after being torched.


In terms of the service, we both found our waiter wasn’t very friendly. He never smiled nor acknowledged our orders when we were ordering, which made us feel unsure of whether he’d heard it correctly. He also wasn’t very subtle in checking our tables to see if he could clear it and bring out the next course – it also seemed as if he was trying to rush us through the starter.


Despite this, I’d still come back again because I thought the food was impressive. The starter and mains were delicious and I’m sure their other options would be equally good.

Tastemaker

Edible and clean surroundings are all I expect for a Sunday lunch deal in the heart of the west end. We were pleasantly surprised. The surroundings and ambience were just right for friendly company and actually felt reasonably upmarket in its decor. As the waiters weren’t rushed off their feet they had the space to highlight their personalities and we had extremely efficient, polite and even humorous service.


The food was more than half decent and plentiful. No need for a meal in the evening with all that lot! I liked it a lot and will return, especially if they have another deal.


Tip: Go hungry, smile at the waiters

Tastemaker

Disagree with the 2013 review from Ava, this place has certainly cleaned up its act. Set just off the main hub of Covent Garden, this had all potential to be awful because of its location in touristville, where they might not have to make the effort. We held a surprise Christmas meal here for a friend and I think it was good. The food was probably somewhere between 3 and 4 star for me but we had a Christmas menu which never showcases a venue's proper ability. Service was outstanding and they were very friendly - we had an issue with one dessert but they were super apologetic and returned it promptly and with a smile. It was rather hot in the venue but it was also packed out. This strikes me as a good venue for a business lunch or dinner, or a small family get-together perhaps somewhere in theatreland. 

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Get 25% off your Food Only. Minimum 2 courses per guest (starter and main or main and dessert). Excludes steak. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Fri-Sat 9:00PM-11:00PM

Offer valid until Sep 30 2018

3 courses & a kir royale: £25

Get 3 course set menu (starter,main course and dessert) with a kir royale for £25. Offer applies to the set menu . Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 8 People Fri-Sat 7:45PM-11:45PM

Offer valid until Sep 30 2018