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Stratton Street , London, W1J 8LB

020 3589 4506

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SquareMeal Review of Langan's Brasserie

Everyone needs “a restaurant for all occasions” and Langan’s has come up trumps for generations of Londoners (famous or otherwise). Fluorescent signage and a deco entrance are a siren call to this “very iconic British institution” – a nostalgic room with framed posters, prints and a menu that has remained largely untouched since the waiters first pulled on their smart togs. Big on comfort and a blowsy kind of elegance, it offers wholesome servings of spinach soufflé or baked egg with cabbage and bacon mash to start, while mains might promise anything from bangers and mash or fish pie to “heavenly” poached sea trout with samphire and keta caviar sauce. True regulars also know what day of the week it is based on their consumption of, say, chicken and wild mushroom fricassee (Monday) or knuckle of ham (Wednesday). Time moves on, but Langan’s stays still.  

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8.0

Food & Drink: 7.5

Service: 7.6

Atmosphere: 8.4

Value: 7.1

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Janice C. 20 September 2015

Arrived to a warm welcome and seated very quickly. We where recommended to go to the restaurant by friends. Starter was lovely whilst a large portion. Ordered the Cod- but disappointed that the fish was lost in the batter which was a little undercooked. Waiter asked if ok and mentioned the batter. The crème brulee was very large and outfaced us. Overhaul the surroundings and atmosphere made up for the fish. I would recommended a visit just order something other then the cod in batter.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Carol C. bronze reviewer 15 January 2015

Langan's continues to be one of my favourite restaurants for a treat! The food and the 'buzz' of atmosphere are consistently good, with the speciality spinach soufflé... legendary! Staff are attentive without being over-bearing and were accommodating in moving our lunchtime seating to a window table when asked if this was possible. The chance of seeing 'a celebrity' in the throng is always an added bonus :)

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sarah G. gold reviewer 11 November 2014

One of the old favourites, fantastic atmosphere with lovely food and excellent service. Although I use for business it is used more for social occassions but this does not seem to matter. A great place to people / and celebrity watch.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Donna N. 10 February 2014

We hadn't been to Langan's in years and were pleased to be back. The atmosphere was still great and the staff very friendly. The service was a bit erratic but mostly fine. Sadly, the food simply does not live up to the place.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Sarah R. silver reviewer 06 November 2013

I had read the other reviews on Square Meal before I went to Langan's last night and unfortunately I have to agree with them. Starting with the positive, the food was good! I am vegetarian so there was only one option for me (Anglo-Indian Curry) but it was delicious. A creamy vegetable curry with brown rice to give a good texture. My fellow diners all had the special, which was belly of pork. They said the meat was cooked slowly and tasted tender as did the bed of onions it sat on. However, that is where the positive comments end. The side dishes were all cold and the service was friendly but so disorganised. There were lots of waiters milling around all being busy and everyone of them must have served us at some point. We had the wrong cutlery for our starters. No one came to fill up our empty wine and water glasses. We ordered desserts and when after 40 minutes it hadn't arrived (but the coffee had) we asked two different waiters. Both brought up the menus and didn't understand that we had already ordered but not received our desserts. After an hour we gave up and asked for the bill. The waiter was apologetic and blamed the computer system (I should have replied, have you tried switching it off an on again?). We had a nice evening but that was mostly because of the company I was with rather than the restaurant. There are far better places to go in London so I won't be coming back here again I'm afraid. Just a note about the atmosphere, yes it is old school decor with the paintings etc. but I liked the homely feel about it. It was very busy all evening so I guess it doesn't matter about the reviews on this site and people who love it still go back time after time.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Steve L. 15 September 2013

Visited Langans on a Sat night after a theatre show had no problem booking a table which surprised me as being so well known. Drinks before meal were fine but service was a bit slow. Taken to table & ordered wine etc Very noisy restaurant with no atmosphere at all. Ordered food which was some of the best I have eaten anywhere. Service during the meal was a bit hit & miss many waiters all doing a bit each so obviously slow. The place itself does look very tired & tatty (a coat of paint would not go amiss) The bill was £180 for two for two courses & a bottle of Prosecco ? I can understand London prices but £90 /head was a bit steep. Needless to say we shall be dining elsewhere in future. Definately a big let down after hearing so much about the place

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Ivan D. 09 March 2013

Read a good review in the Independent so decided to give it a try. Last time we came was a disaster although I do remember eating a great traditional duck dish. It was full to bursting ! Had to squeeze in to the door as so many people coming and going and the coat check was really busy. Rather abrupt receptionist took us to the table but once we settled in the service was great from Terry who had been at Langans for years. The food was surprisingly good. Very good spinach souffle and poached egg with haddock. Then we had halibut with peppers and a veal holsten (very 980's – I know but why not!). Both were delicious. The wine was reasonably priced overall very satisfactory – we'll back !!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Mike B. bronze reviewer 20 February 2013

I know this place now has an increasing reputation for being tired and dated but you know what you're going to get. My reason for going was a celebratory business lunch and when the host said Langan's I gave what must be most people's first response “Langans's…I haven't been there for years..!” I can't deny there is a distinctly eighties feel through the whole experience – I felt like we should be talking about current affairs issues like the Falklands War. Started with a G&T (well come on, we're in the 80's remember) in the bar linked to the restaurant – service attentive despite it being full. Menu is dated, classics like the prawn cocktail still hold a place in the starters and chicken in a wine sauce(!!) in the mains. I went with smoked haddock and poached egg starter and a medium rare sirloin for main course. To be fair, both were cooked just perfectly and could not be faulted. The only nod to the 21st century was the annoying feature of the steak arriving on a flat wooden board rather than a plate – how do you keep steak,chips and bearnaise sauce on a chopping board- you don't and so you have three separate pots going on through the entire meal like some sort of food apartheid system (very eighties…!). There is nothing inventive or creative going on in this place but quite frankly why try and be something you're not and end up getting it wrong. If you want inventive there are other places you should be going, but if you want a bit of classic, traditional and, like myself, you “fear change”…then step right in.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Paul G. 26 January 2013

Sadly overrated, and a little over the hill now, the new boss is stupidly revamping a theme which doesn't need it, (he's even taken down Peter Langan's portrait too), its reputation is obviously keeping it going though, the food is ok(ish) , the atmosphere is good, and I suppose Peter and Michael Caine probably gave it its energy, now its seems to survive on nostalgia which once you are in seems to have disappeared, we didn't even get side plates !, such a shame, but to be honest this may just be a reflection of today's throw away society ?

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

TomTom gold reviewer 02 March 2012

Langan’s has apparently been around for the past 35 years and it’s not difficult to see why. Wall-to-wall art collection (note the odd Hockney), an ardent if ageing following of regulars, guaranteed buzz, well drilled staff…it’s a theatrical and fun place. Eating a menu devised in the eighties, served by staff who have been serving since the eighties and surrounded by regulars who have been coming since the eighties, Langans can seem like something of a timewarp, and it is. Is this a strength or a weakness? Well.. à chacun son goût. For some, no doubt, there's a clubby nostalgia that goes with territory, passed from generation to generation. If you come expecting cutting edge cooking you may be disappointed, and while not cheap, it is certainly not expensive either for this part of town. We enjoyed the likes of perfectly cooked and generously portioned liver salad, and salmon en croute – moreish if a touch overdone.

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