L’Escargot, of Greek Street Soho, is London’s oldest French restaurants. Since the mid 90’s it has been in the hands of Marco Pierre White, which of course helped it to safely established itself as one of London’s top French restaurants.
Following Marcos rein, Brian Clivaz (of the Arts Club Mayfair & Home House) and business partner Laurence Isaacson, have breathed fresh life into the dining den, restoring the building back to its art deco former glory.
They have established the “upstairs club”, which covertly occupies the top two floors of the town house, however on the ground floor the restaurant lives on, stronger than ever.
Charmed into the grand front room of the bar by the head barman, we sipped down a couple of classic cocktails on his recommendation, before taking our seats in the dining room.
The atmosphere was miles away from the stuffiness that French dining often manages to acquire; the sounds of cabaret style show tunes coming from the piano gave the brassiere a very romantic feel, but without any of the clichés.
Feeling frivolous this Friday we kicked off with a nicely spiced steak tartare and a rich portion of froi gras.
For mains we opted for a Duck confit, Merguez cassoulet which was very warming and a halibut served on a bed on samphire and shrimps.
Finishing up this fronglish feast we shared a very rich and creamy crème Brule.
A hidden gem in the heart of London, L’Escargo seems to expertly blend the tastiest bits of France with the most welcoming essence of the UK in an authentic yet totally original way.
48 Greek Street,