Leon de Bruxelles

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The first London branch of a French franchise rooted in Belgium, Leon de Bruxelles deals in workaday riffs on moules-frites plus other Belgian staples, all aimed at passing tourists. The white decor is pleasant enough, with colourful accents from modern chandeliers and bespoke canvases; meanwhile the prime location gives views of theatreland. That said, the whole set-up could do with some more work: a lack of music and a TV ad for Belgium playing on loop serve to sterilise the mood, and smiley staff can slip up when it comes to details such as sensible pacing. The food also lacks passion: witness a dollop of crème fraîche separating unpleasantly atop the house moules, or a gratin of bivalves with an all-encompassing cape of congealed cheese – both served with ‘cardboard’ fries. On the plus side, the mussels are fresh, the beer list is solid, and prices don’t raise eyebrows.

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Leon de Bruxelles

24 Cambridge Circus ,London WC2H 8AA

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Just like in the Paris one

by   bronze reviewer (7)

Dec 2013

Being a bit of a moule specialist (many years of eating them, including 4 years running a restaurant that sold 200kg a week), I first stumbled upon Leon when I was in Paris and saw a rammed restaurant with pictures of Manneke Pis everywhere. Long story short – multiple moule pots and beers later, I promised myself to try the London one when it eventually opened. And yesterday I finally managed, with the much better half. The food is great, really fresh and tasty. Service was efficient, smiley and...

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

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Leon de Bruxelles

24 Cambridge Circus ,London WC2H 8AA

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Moules Frites Revisited

by   platinum reviewer (125)

Nov 2013

Moules Frites is a dish often “lost in translation” in London dining. A fun option for a social dinner, there are too few places offering a good dish of the black and orange mussels. Loch Fyne did good ones for a while and there is the other Belgian chain, Belgo with its various outlets, but the quality is a bit hit-and-miss. More serious contenders often don't bother with a cluncky dish that probably does't attract much attention in more serious brasseries or restaurants. Other chains, such as “Aubaine”...

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

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