Le Garrick describes itself as Covent Garden’s best kept secret and it's conveniently located a stone’s throw from Leicester Square tube station.
Le Garrick is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. The restaurant is charming and the atmosphere cosy, festooned with mismatched furniture and authentic French memorabilia. The waiting staff are unfailingly friendly and helpful, ensuring all who visit are treated to a wonderful experience.
Charles Lepelletier, the owner, takes inspiration from his hometown of Toulouse for the menu, which features a selection of meat dishes, in addition to a range of fi sh and vegetarian options. We began with White Sangria and a charcuterie board while perusing the menu, before settling on calamari and escargot. The snails were served with their shells removed, in individual pots, making them a friendly prospect for novices. The calamari arrived with a delightful coriander, chilli and ginger sauce that we happily mopped up with fresh bread. I chose beef bourguignon for the main course, with new potatoes and vegetables. The meat was melt-in-the-mouth tender and I polished off every last mouthful of the generous portion. My dining partner opted for duck confit, pork belly and Toulouse sausage, served on a bed of broad beans. On our waitress’ advice, we washed our food down with a bottle of Bordeaux – the perfect accompaniment.
For pudding we sampled chocolate mousse with a thin shortbread biscuit, as well as the tarte au citron, with crème fraîche and raspberry coulis.