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“Still one of the greatest nosh joints in town – and no one knows why”, exclaims a fan of Langan’s, a venerable British institution still held in high regard by many. Though the art collection has been sold off (with the change of ownership) and the glossy 80s glamour is long gone, there’s still an air of louche luxury about the dining room, with its bronze busts, alabaster nudes and velvet fabrics. Legions of “well turned out” waiters continue to go about their business with insouciant professionalism, attending to a mixed crowd of families, tourists, suits and the odd celeb, while the menu is mainly unreconstructed Anglo-French with the occasional interloper. Think vichyssoise, oriental duck salad, salmon fishcakes with parsley sauce or veal Holstein followed by date and orange sticky toffee pudding. There’s also “great live jazz” on Tuesday nights at this time-warp restaurant that feels like a sleeping giant.
Langan Brasserie, Stratton Street – From the outside of the restaurant, Langan’s Brasserie says big business. Every window pane has Langan name with illuminated red fluorescent lights. Pushing through the solid entrance door, is a semi-hemisphere enclosure draped with thick velvet curtain. Presence of a cloak room, slightly chaotic in a charming way and, and, and….. there were more than one maitre d’, wow, I like the style!...
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