A classy Italian in an enviable corner position in Covent Garden, Margot serves big portions of well-crafted cooking in stylish surrounds. In the years since co-founders Nicolas Jaouën and Paulo de Tarso first set up shop just off Drury Lane, Margot has become a beloved staple of Covent Garden, serving faithful, authentic Italian dishes in a chic dining room, accompanied by an extensive wine list.
Inside, Margot is a picture of elegance. Royal blue banquettes, gold accented lights and starched white tableclothes give the restaurant a classy ambiance that makes it popular with Covent Garden's pre-theatre crowd, as well as the thousands of tourists that descend upon this part of London. As well as the main restaurant, there are also comfortable stools at the bar for counter diners, or those who want to sit with a cocktail and a snack.
The a la carte menu includes a section of sharing platters (cheese, salumi and focaccia), as well as four courses, laid out in the typical Italian way - antipasti, primi, secondi and desserts. Margot's menu is all about classic, authentic Italian cooking - dishes on the menu at the time of writing include aubergine parmigiana, vitello tonnato, pappardelle with wild boar ragu, veal ossobuco with risotto Milanese, and tiramisu.
Covent Garden is also home to a number of excellent theatres, and Margot is a very popular pre-theatre destination, offer two or three course set menus for a very reasonable price.
Wine is another big part of the attraction at Margot - the restaurant holds a huge wine list that spans the old and new worlds, with particular focus on Italy and France. Still, if cocktails are more your vibe, the bar mixologists can whip up classic and signature cocktails for you, and they specialise in Old Fashioneds and Negronis, offering multiple twists on each.