Finally made it to Le Café Anglais for dinner after postponing a meal there previously due to lacklustre reviews. The friends we dined with had been before and loved it. Located in Whiteleys, though with its own entrance, you can't help but admire the beautiful deco interior.
Service was professional and at times cheeky, though there were a lot of different staff coming and going which made asking for the bill (twice) a little confusing. The dinner menu was large, with too many choices making the ordering decision a hard one, particularly when nothing takes your fancy (apart from the desserts!).
Favorite Dish We opted to start with some Hors d'Oeuvres to share - the Broad Beans with ricotta; the Rabbit Rillettes; the Oyster Fritters; and the Parmesan Custard with Anchovy toast.
Main meals were the Chicken with lemon thyme & garlic; the Seared Mackerel with chickpeas and spring greens; the Squab Pigeon with braised peas and bacon; and the Spiced Quails. Sides need to be ordered with most meals, and we had the Creamed spinach and the Gratin dauphinois. I had the pigeon, and while the breast portions were nicely cooked, it was impossible to eat the wing portions - perhaps they were more for show.
Desserts sounded good, and we tried the Bitter Chocolate Souffle with pistachio ice cream; and the Coffee & Vanilla Sundae with chocolate sauce. The souffle looked great, but didn't break into my 'Top '3 souffle list, and the sundae was pretty average.
Enjoyed the stylish and quietish (thank you carpet!) atmosphere at Le Café Anglais, though wasn't that enthused about the food. As it isn't located in our usual stomping ground I am not sure I would return.
Another business dinner - this time we arrived ahead of schedule. So early in fact the staff were all in a team meeting. We had a small group of about 12 people; and we all had a great evening.