Serge et Le Phoque 333

The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman Street , London, W1T 1PG

  • serge et le phoque beef tartare 2017
  • Serge at le phouqe interior restaurant
  • serge et le phoque scallop 2017

SquareMeal Review of Serge et Le Phoque

SquareMeal London Hot 100 2018Housed within the snazzy Mandrake Hotel, this London outpost of Hong Kong big hitter Serge et le Phoque puts on an exclusive, refined show – in contrast to the garish, eye-popping interiors of the hotel itself. Low lighting, plush purple seats and melamine table tops create a mood of understated chic, while chatty good-natured staff guide diners through a succinct menu of overtly ambitious modern French cuisine with eclectic and seasonal overtones. Starters set the bar high, from ceviche and foie gras to a serving of meaty octopus dressed with pungent ginger and fiercely pickled aji amarillo chilli (best enjoyed a little at a time). After that, mains such as a tender slab of Ibérico pork topped with a mound of sweetcorn and lightly spiced XO sauce benefit from cut-above sides including creamy pomme purée sprinkled with crunchy apple seeds, while our pick of the desserts was a truly indulgent chocolate tart – thick, jelly-like filling on a crispy chocolate wafer with a hint of salted cherry blossom. A friendly sommelier is also on-hand to suggest matching wines from a varied international list. Prices are relatively affordable considering the serious ambitions of the cooking (and Serge et le Phoque’s overseas fame), although bargain hunters should home in on the set lunch menu. 

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 302m

Goodge Street Tube Station 390m

Address

Address: The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman Street , London W1T 1PG

Area: Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Opening times

Mon-Sun 7am-11am 6pm-10.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Contemporary Applied Arts 110m

Odeon Tottenham Court Road 207m

Details

Telephone: 020 3146 8880

Website:

Cuisine: French

Private Dining: 18

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