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It’s been one of Soho’s gastronomic grandees since 1927 and has played host to many seminal figures from the world of hospitality, but venerable L’Escargot recently entered a new phase – following its acquisition by Brian Clivaz (chairman of Langan’s Brasserie) and Laurence Isaacson (co-founder of the Chez Gérard chain). The interior has been given a striking (if somewhat provincial) refit involving black and red colour schemes and some dramatic chandeliers, but things are more reassuring on a bourgeois menu that offers “everything you could wish for”. The kitchen can do creamy comfort (witness lobster thermidor, baked just so), although simple things tend to work best: signature escargots disgorging breadcrumbs and garlicky juices; glossy spears of Evesham asparagus with hollandaise sauce; juicy grilled veal chop with lemon and thyme. Slick, super-friendly staff add to the palpably good atmosphere, while grown-ups are happy to have somewhere civilised in Soho where they can actually book a table.


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  1. Published : Wednesday, 30 July 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: L’Escargot, Greek Street

    L’Escargot is London’s oldest French restaurant which is a pretty impressive statement. I remember going for dinner here back in the days when it was owned by Marco Pierre White and it was crap; stuffy atmosphere and service with mediocre food. It has since been given a rather dashing makeover and it’s now in the capable hands of a chap called Brian Clivaz who’s also chairman of Langan’s Brasserie.

    The ground floor dining room (it’s split into two) looks unrecognisable – it’s all red and black now with beautiful chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. We were seated by the open window overlooking Greek Street...
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  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £46.00
  • Wine: £18
  • Champagne: £55

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