Les Deux Salons, Covent Garden

Situated in the busy, bustling zone between Leicester Square and Charing Cross, Les Deux Salons is a stylish French bar and grill offering a more refined alternative to the ten-a-penny standard chain restaurants that flood the surrounding area. While the menu is more geared to a slightly more expensive meal (the wine list prices in particular go from moderate up to very high indeed), there are definitely some great value main course options to choose from that won’t break the bank, such as the selection of hot dogs and burgers.

To start, I decided to get into the French spirit of things and tucked into a delicious snail and bacon pie. The sauce was really rich and tasty, and the textures of the snail and bacon worked well together. As somebody who has never tried snail before, I was a very happy customer and this would be a good way to try it if you are a little worried about the traditional French on-a-plate-alone-covered-in-garlic-butter approach. The crab and avocado salad was also brilliant, just the right amount of meat to hold enough taste whilst still being very light.

By far the highlight of the night, however, was the steak. I love my steaks, and this was definitely up there with the best of them. I went for the beef fillet, and it was cooked to perfection. The cut was amazing and it actually had a lot more texture on the outside than you’d usually get with a lot of fillet steaks, which was something special indeed. I could have eaten four more! I highly recommend for steak lovers and those less meat-inclined alike: you will not be disappointed. Perfect to compliment such nice food, the wine list was very varied (although admittedly very expensive for the most part) and the wines we had were delicious, particularly the Rioja.

Overall, Les Deux Salons has the sophisticated atmosphere of a place where you would tend to go on a special occasion, but actually has a few options on the menu that are far easier on the wallet, as well as an ‘Express’ menu (two or three from selected courses for £17-£20) that open it up as a place where you could could go and enjoy some tasty French cuisine without being too out of pocket. And the steaks..? Ooh la la!

Les Deux Salons

40-42 William IV Street
Covent Garden

Tel: 020 7420 2050

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