Cafe des Amis

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August 2015 - Cafe Des Amis is closed

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Look for the pavement tables dotted along a narrow alley near the Royal Opera House, where Café des Amis plies its trade largely undetected by tourists. Inside, the dining room is decked out smartly in muted shades, while the menu offers a roll call of familiar French favourites such as moules marinière, steak tartare with quail’s egg & crème brûlée – plus risottos, tortellini & other Italian interlopers. The set menu (two/three courses for £16.50/18.50) offers more of the same for a bite before or after a show – note the late opening until 1am. Sadly, regular complaints about ‘cold food’ suggest the kitchen isn’t always on the case – a more reliable option is the congenial basement bar, where a glass of vino & a croque monsieur are less likely to disappoint.

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Cafe des Amis

11-14 Hanover Place ,London WC2E 9JP

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Apr 2014

My husband and I visited the restaurant with two of our friends. We had a wowcher offer for afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco included. I had booked well in advance of our visit (over three weeks), the lady on reception greeted us nicely and knew that we had wowchers to redeem. We were seated at a nice round table in the restaurant and a waitress asked if we would like any drinks. I explained that the voucher we had included Prosecco and she had to go and ask the lady on reception. This was...

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Lesley M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Cafe des Amis

11-14 Hanover Place ,London WC2E 9JP

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Nov 2013

I do not often eat in London these days so a convenient restaurant to meet long-standing friends from Surrey was required. This place was it and all five of us thought (with the offer available) it was very good value for money. The food was reasonably cooked,but not haute cuisine. My scallop and crab risotto was excellent. My venison was a little tough. The staff were attentive without being fussy and the atmosphere was lively without being too noisy. The wines were a little disappointing in choice...

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john m.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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Nov 2013

The service was great, we arrived 30 mins early and got seated straight away. They amended the menu when my father wasnt keen on one of the ingredients. Food arrived in good time, and was really lovely, all three courses. Very happy with the overall experience and would definitly come again.

Lauren R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Cafe des Amis

11-14 Hanover Place ,London WC2E 9JP

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Feb 2012

We had booked the 50% off a la carte offer, which is extremely good value across the board. The service from our waitress was warm and friendly, it's a nice atmosphere and a lovely environment. It started will with the appetisers, although the scallop risotto was finished with cream, which seemed to be overkill, but when it came the main courses it all fell apart. Initally my food – duck breast in armagnac sauce and mashed squash was cold, so I had to send it back. I did get a fresh plate that was...

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Amy M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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11-14 Hanover Place ,London WC2E 9JP

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Dec 2011

We had a table for 4 booked at Cafe des Amis for 8pm. Because the previous diners were taking so long to finish, we didn't actually sit down until after 8.45pm, by which time we had been to enquire several times as we were getting very hungry. The woman at front of house could not have been more accommodating, despite the situation being somewhat out of her control. When we eventually got our table, we were given a complimentary bottle of champagne to begin with – then the exclusion of steak dishes...

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Debbie A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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11-14 Hanover Place ,London WC2E 9JP

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Nov 2011

Surprisingly easy to find then the board right outside had an arrow in the wrong direction. Had to wait to be seated whilst staff member finished long telephone call. Before sat down was brusquely told tables were turned at 7 pm, as it was 5.15 pm we hoped faster service :) As with most restaurants they want a drink choice before you draw breath. 2 bottled beer choices and one was down to the last bottle. Selected fixed price menu (although website doesnt show the extra £3 for steak) hoping for speed...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 5

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