Mon Plaisir

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Since opening in the 1940s, this jaunty theatreland bistro has found favour with famous figures from General de Gaulle to legendary thespians, and the curios adorning its sprawling dining room are fond reminders of its true Gallic heart. On the menu, hearty nostalgic dishes and cross-Channel favourites such as rib-sticking coq au vin or blush-pink entrecôte with matchstick fries sit alongside holiday classics including pissaladière with olive tapenade or garlicky snails doused in parsley butter – all complemented by patriotic French wines. To conclude, the ripe cheeseboard is a whiffy wonder to behold, while desserts feature the spectacular Paris-Londres – a gut-busting tangle of sugar-dusted choux pastry, praline cream and spun caramel. Warm, hospitable staff bolster the entente cordiale, while pre/post-theatre crowds generate a lively buzz. ‘You’ll never stop going back’, affirms one fan.

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Lively, Traditional
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21 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DD

020 7836 7243 020 7836 7243


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.15pm 5.45-11.15pm


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10 Reviews 

Lyndsey W

16 February 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Exceptional Every Time

Mon Plaisir never fails on friendliness, food and drink. I always feel like I'm being welcomed into the owners home staff are so warm and welcoming. The food is entirely faultless every time so much so that it surpasses my recollections. Highly recommend this place to anyone ??


20 December 2022  
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 1
Value 1
Very disappointing experience

Unfortunately very bad service, when entering at 5pm we were asked if we were attending a theatre and what time we were to be there , we said yes and had to leave at 18.30 , enough time for a prebooked dinner before our show we thought , no this wasn't the case at all , starters came around 5.20 then at 6.15 we had to ask where our main course was as time was running out , 6.20 main courses came but had to rush and being a slow eater my food was mainly left on the plate , we got the bill and on the way out told the owner we would have liked to have had a dessert but we ran out of time and couldn't understand why they would bother asking what time we had to leave if they weren't going to adhere to this , owners answer was it was a different chef tonight,  not impressed with that answer at all , sadly won't be returning or recommending if owners aren't bothered I'm certainly not either 

Kathy H

18 November 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great French restaurant

I hadn't been to this restaurant for years, but after a recent visit to France, was keen on some more French food. A lovely relaxed atmosphere! A fairly limited menu, but the portions were huge, and everything we had was good. We shared a charcuterie and cheese platter to start,  and then I had confit of duck leg in a mustard sauce, and my husband had the steak tartare which came with a huge portion of fries. A good choice of French wines, and it was just a really good authentic French brasserie. We will definitely return.

Scott M

27 June 2018  
Always top food, always feel special, always leave giddy!

Keith G

27 June 2018  
A romantic evening.


04 May 2017  
Very good value pre-theatre menu and swift service.

Robin R

24 April 2015  
Food & Drink 2
Service 4
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 2
It used to be so good
I used to love Mon Plaisir - everything enjoyable about Gallic eating, noisy, bustling, centuries of food and cooking, classic dishes, busy staff, competent not unctuous - a celebration of good brasserie eating. I hadn't been for years and night before last I couldn't believe how much we, the British foodie, has grown up and the over-riding impression that Mon Plaisir has not. Just like we have now had a mouthful of Chilean Malbec, rather than a thin Vin de Pays form the borders of a French wine region, we expect so much more from people who cook for us. A cassoulet can do more, rich flavours, herbs, deep colour, sausage that has infused the dish, and a piece of duck that has been brought to life by cooking not blanched in Tupperware in the catering fridge. It reminded me of the early Italian restaurants in 70's London, where 'pasta plus sauce' was enough for the Brits to think we were eating like Italians. So ..........the kitchen at Mon Plaisir has slept through four decades of the British restaurant industry, the staff are still competent and characterful, and the cheese tray/basket/selection is, well, it's as spectacular and eye-popping as you would expect in an old school French restaurant - but then it hasn't been cooked.

Caped C

15 June 2013  
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
Doesn't standout from the crowd
I've been frequenting this restaurant on and off for over ten years and my latest visit leads me to believe the owners are somewhat going through the motions. The food we had was competently cooked but not spectacular, I have memories of this place Wowing, not sure if it's a case of the rose-tinted specs. We had steak entrecote (staple dish on the menu and a host of sides) however whilst the meal was good it wasn't stunning. You could tell they cut corners on certain things which were not freshly prepared. The sauces has skins on them leading me to believe they had been reheated from a batch made in the morning. Nothing terrible about the experience but nothing also urging me to rush back either,

John L

30 November 2011  
Food & Drink 1
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 2.5
I think this might have been the worst meal I have ever had in a London restaurant and I have had my fair share of disappointments. The menu reads well, is nice and short leading the diner to think that if they only do a few dishes they are masters of them rather than a jack of all trades. Prices seem reasonable. My soupe a l'oignon was tepid and a bit tasteless, unremarkable in every way but streets ahead of the main course of coq au vin. You would expect the oldest french restaurant in London to do a very capable classic dish like this. Served in an attractive cocotte there was hardly any sauce and the chicken was incredibly dry and overcooked leading me to believe it had been put in the oven the day the restaurant opened 50 years ago. 3 of us had that dish and it was equally poor. On informing the waitress I got a sullen, “Ok, I tell the chef.” It wasn't ok – a verbal tic and an innappropriate one. My sister had steak tartare which she said at least that couldn't be overcooked and it looked fine. Maybe we caught the chef on an off day but it is difficult to imagine how a restaurant can serve food this poorly and survive for 50 years.

Matthieu C

02 March 2010  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 1.5
Value 0.5
It was my worst experience in London I was expecting a typical French restaurant and it was pretty much the opposite. We were 3 people on a Monday evening dinner. Two of us took culin meat (onglet). We were astonished by the number of nerves in our plates, honestly we never saw so many nerves! We ask to the waiter to acknowledge it, he politely pass the message to his manager who told him in French “what can they expect with this sort of meat” (unfortunately for her I speak French), a meat at £17 + £3 side dish because there was barely a small potato coming with the meat. We were disgusted and decided to leave without taking a dessert. They gave us the bill with no discount and we had to pay for the service charge. This is the last time I step a foot in this restaurant and I strongly recommend to avoid it.
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