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|Address:||40-42 William IV Street, Strand, London WC2N 4DD|
|Tel:||020 3551 9854|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £19.75||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm Sun 11am-6pm|
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The recently opened Les Deux Salons, sister restaurant to London favourites, Wild Honey and Arbutus is already bursting at the seams with contented customers. Not easy to get a table, with weekend tables being virtually impossible you need to book a long time in advance or know the right person! Of French Brasserie style, Les Deux Salons is more authentic than most, offering French cuisine, style and service from the moment you walk through the door.
A very masculine vibe greets you on arrival with dark wood panelling, deep red velvet on the furniture and a stained glass skylight which brings in natural light from outside making you feel as though you’ve stepped into a cigar club in France. The bar is situated in the downstairs restaurant area and serves an array of wine (unlike most restaurants, all the wine is available by glass, carafe or bottle) alongside a wide variety of other beverages. Our table was situated downstairs but a lucky few were seated on the upper floor which offers a much more private dining experience and is open most days for both lunch and dinner. You are able to request a table in the gallery area when booking if you wish.
After an aperitif of Clementine infused Bellini’s, myself and my colleague perused the French inspired menu, and with the help of our extremely friendly and helpful waiter who was clearly knowledgeable on the entirety of the menu and wine list and was happy to recommend a variety of dishes, we ordered. Our starters arrived promptly, ravioli of rosé veal, fresh goat’s curd and cavolo nero was a perfect size for a starter. It left me wanting more, the meat was tender with a sweet flavour and the ravioli parcels were cooked and presented perfectly. My colleague went for the autumn wild mushrooms and Clarence Court poached egg on toast which was in one word…superb!
Main courses of young chicken with lemon and garlic and roast rabbit were excellent examples of the way in which Les Deux Salons has taken on a ‘no frills fine dining’ approach whilst still preparing successful dishes that leave you wanting more. The rabbit was particularly good, stuffed with forcemeat, rolled in to parcels and served with sliced chorizo and wilted spinach. To accompany our food we had two excellent glasses of wine, the French Vin de Pays which accompanied the veal brilliantly and for my colleague also a French, although white, a 2009 Grenache Viognier.
With such high expectations of a French restaurant to produce wonderful desserts, we were not let down, we shared a bitter chocolate mousse, and the intense bitter flavour of the cocoa was complimented by a creamy but not overwhelming chocolate mousse, an excellent finish. Coffees were offered but we politely declined and left comfortably full and satisfied.
Overall a successful meal, the wait staff served with knowledge and impeccable manners and our food was good. Les Deux Salons is situated in a perfect location for a pre or post theatre meal. Set menus are also available therefore making the restaurant an excellent and affordable restaurant choice in London’s West End.