A perfect setting for an evening out. What more can i say than mon nouveau restaurant préféré (My new favourite restaurant)and will certainly be back soon.
LE GARRICK – FOOD REVIEW
‘Mon nouveau restaurant préféré’
Last Thursday i was invited down to Le Garrick in Covent Garden on Garrick Street to try out their food.
Le Garrick is a little french restaurant in the bustling tourist area of Leicester Square/Covent Garden. Situated on a corner building with tables outside. Just look out for the Green decor, the chequered red & white table cloths outside or the french flag that hangs proudly. It has also just celebrated its 30th Birthday so having survived that long they are doing something right.
Aiming for a 7pm reservation, i can already see this restaurant is busy. The tables outside already taken and the few that are inside on the ground floor also taken. We wait just a moment and are welcomed by a host who greets us with a big smile and checks our reservation and invites us to come downstairs.
As i walk down the spiral staircase i am taken back by the decor in this venue. Narrow it may be but walls adorned in exposed brick give and gently lit areas this restaurant has a very homely and traditional feel. As we walk to the end to be seated past others already enjoying themselves, I see that this narrow area is a hidden tardis, with alcoves of space appearing to my right in which diners are seated.
Once sat i realised the space has been utilised to its maximum. The tables positioned so that although you are close to others it feels like your are in your own space. We were seated below a mirror decorated with lights, showing the fathers day specials and the speaker. (which was at a totally acceptable level for background music).
Our waiter Owens came over and enthusiastically introduced himself with a big smile and french accent. He showed us the daily cocktail special menu and on the back the daily food specials and verbally went through each item on it. We were offered water and given a bread basket whilst we decided what what we were to eat.
The Menu (A La Carte) – had all the Categories, Food Titles/Name all written in french with English descriptions underneath.
With a great range of delicious items to try and being that i am quite fussy myself went with the recommendation i had prior to my visit for Calamari (Cassolette de calamars à la plancha au piment d’espelette) for starter and being that i never like to leave a restaurant hungry and the steak lover i am, had a choice of three steaks of which i chose Entrecôte grillée (14 oz chargrilled 28-day hung rib eye steak on the bone) and two sauces to choose from also Béarnaise (which i did) or Peppercorn.
My wife decided on Warm Goats Cheese Salad (Salade de chèvre chaud) and Boeuf Bourguignon (Slow cooked beef marinated in red wine served with new potatoes, vegetables and lardons).
The calamari presented a la plancha was cooked beautifully and was complimented perfectly by its flavours of red pepper/ melted butter sauce to dip into and spoon out also. The goats cheese salad i was told was great in size and great in taste also. The starters did not leave you short on appetite and was a great way to start and only made us imagine that if the starters were this good, what would the main be like..
Owens our waiter for the night had come over to check on us and ensure that everything was ok, again offering more drinks if needed. The manager also popped over to see if we wanted any wine just before our main meal, and after about 30 seconds of going back and forth with the wife (do you?, do you? no – do you?) he then asked what we were having for mains. After a momentary thought he instantly paired our meals individually to two separate red wines which i thought was fantastic. It would of been easy to just give us any old red for both of us, so this for me showed his thought and consideration to us to ensure we really did have the the best wine for our meals respectively.
Our mains came out and again what more could i say, the steak cooked Medium as requested just looked and smelled delicious. With an accompaniment of french fries and Béarnaise sauce. I sliced the meat easily and tucked in. I ended up not using much of the sauce to be honest, not because it wasn’t nice but i just wanted to enjoy the taste of the steak as it was which just gave my taste buds pure enjoyment and a smile that my wife knows means i am enjoying my food. Before i knew it and all too soon i had emptied my plate.
My wife also got into her Boeuf Bourguignon – quoting her directly ‘Delicious’, Packed full of tender slow cooked beef and vegetables, a rich gravy sauce and a big reminder of a home cooked family meal. This too a winner!
The wines indeed also compliment the meals respectively and nice to have rather than the beer i am used to drinking.
I am normally a starter and main course guy, where as my wife is a main and dessert. Therfore we decided to cover all bases and indulge in dessert too. Many choices also – but finished with Creme Brulee and i chose the special for the day, Homemade Cheesecake.
As pictured below the cheesecake simply irresistable, made from mixed summer berries, biscuit base and cheese middle was indeed special. The Creme Brulee gorgeous, and in the words of Mrs Whittington ‘Quite possibly the best Creme Brulee i’ve ever had’.
Owens and all the staff were fantastic not only to myself but all the other diners. You could see that they care about each customer and will go above and beyond to make sure the experience is one that you enjoy and reflect on.
Le Garrick is a fantastic restaurant and is billed as a Covent Garden institution and at the same time a best kept secret. Now sadly if you do not already know this secret then i’m letting it out of the bag because this restaurant deserves to be shouted about.
I also thought that this restaurant deserves a larger space but then think it just wouldn’t be the same anywhere else, its intimacy creates the atmosphere, ambiance and along with its beautiful decor – a perfect setting for an evening out. What more can i say than mon nouveau restaurant préféré (My new favourite restaurant) and will certainly be back for birthday celebrations soon.
IF YOU WISH TO VISIT FOR A FATHERS DAY TREAT THEN LE GARRICK ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING A 3 COURSE MEAL & DRINK FOR ONLY £35pp – view Below
Father’s Day at Le Garrick.
£35 pp including a drink of your choice.
A discretionary 12.5% service charge will be added to your bill. For information regarding allergies, please ask a member of staff.
Some dishes may contains nuts.
French onion soup
Pea and mint soup with optional crispy bacon
Cassolette de calamars a la plancha au piment d’espelette
Beef carpaccio with shaved parmesan
Char-grilled 28-day hung ,14oz Entrecote steak on the bone with frites
Whole Sea Bass, tomato salsa & new potatoes
Vegetable tagine with cous-cous (vegan)
Fondant au chocolat
Homemade lemon tart
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