Most seats are downstairs. The restaurant manages to look eclectic & cozy rather than cramped, despite quite a few tables being crammed in a small space!
Good classic choices: steack, boeuf bourguignon, cassoulet, poulet au citron etc...
Dishes of the day as well (poulet basquaise the day we visited).
Wine list is reasonably priced for London with most wine available by the glass, 500ml pichet or bottle.
Excellent service by jolly waiters and waitresses. Very attentive but not in you face.
Only criticism: they make you pay for the bread, a real French restaurant always gives you a little basket of sliced baguette for free!
Favorite Dish: We chose the pre-theatre menu available 4-7pm: Onglet with either béarnaise or pepper sauce, frites and a lemon tart (other dessert choice was ice cream).
The meat was cooked well and the portion quite generous. Tart was lovely & soft with the right balance of sharpness.
A mid-week dinner with friends found us at Le Garrick, a small French restaurant located between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. The street level dining area is perfect for a quick pre-theatre meal, while the lower ground floor is better for a romantic rendezvous....as long as you don't mind your neighbours eavesdropping on your lovey-dovey talk, as the tables are tightly packed.
We sat downstairs - our table for four was crammed into the far corner of the restaurant. Space was a little short, but at least we didn't have people brushing past us all night, as was happening to some of the other tables. But this cosy environment just added to the atmosphere of Le Garrick, and coupled with the lovely French waitress made us feel like we could well have been dining across the channel.
Favorite Dish: The food was also enjoyable. We skipped starters, enjoying a glass of wine and a chat instead. For main course, the Rib-eye steak was the winner - cooked perfectly, flavoursome, and accompanied by plenty of frites.
Desserts were also tasty....and I really regretted having to share the Petit Pot au Chocolat. Next time I will definitely have one all to myself!
I used to eat a lot in here when I worked in the Covent Garden area and it became a bit of a fave for me, especially when I wasn’t the one paying. A few years ago it was refurbished and for some reason, best known but not understood to myself, I wrote it off.
Anyways, I started eating here again recently, and though the service can be a bit patchy, it's worth checking out.
There’s a small restaurant space upstairs, mainly tables for two people (non-Smoking) which is perhaps a little more formal and romantic, with more seating downstairs in a cellar style restaurant (smoking until 1 July 2007). Nicely candle lit, this place does French food authentically. Eating partner did receive a disgusted splutter from the waiter when a steak was ordered ‘well done’. Brought a wry smile to my face. Staff are polite and attentive without being annoying - 12.5 percent optional service charge will be added to your bill automatically so need to tip extra. Because it’s a cellar restaurant, the place can be a bit echoey so when choosing your table, try not to sit next to the table of 4 very loud young women on their fourth bottle of red.
Favorite Dish: The menu is good and changes a fair bit with decent choices from fish to steak, though vegetarians will have little choice. This is the best value steak and French fries I’ve had in London (at 9.95) - cooked to perfection and a good size. A crème brulee shared between two people (at 4.95-ish) should suffice for dessert. Has a good wine menu (house red around 13.00), so if you get here early then you might find yourself still here a few hours putting the world to rights after you’ve finished your food.
Le Garrick is especially attractive as it has a pre- and post-theatre set-menu, three courses for about 15 pounds, 5pm to 7pm, and after 10pm (closes generally around 11pm though). For a treat, in the Covent Garden area, this is a friendly down to earth French restaurant and highly recommended.
Booking recommended weekends and for tables over two people. Closed Sundays. A special deal can also be arranged by booking via www.toptable.co.uk