Le Garrick has seen its fair share of dates, proposals and anniversaries over its 33 years. With a strong following of regular customers, its special and unique atmosphere keeps people coming back to this much-loved London institution. Located a stone’s throw from Leicester Square tube, in amongst Covent Garden’s theatres, this family-owned restaurant boasts a cosy atmosphere and is festooned with mismatched furniture and authentic French memorabilia. Outside, the restaurant looks like a traditional Parisian brasserie with tables al fresco dining. Upstairs boasts large windows and if you head downstairs you’ll be greeted by candlelit booths and exposed brickwork, offering the perfect place to unwind. The waiting staff are friendly and helpful, ensuring all who visit are treated to a wonderful experience.
Owners Charles and Domi Lepelletier take inspiration from Charles’ hometown of Toulouse for the menu. We began with a glass of Crémant and a charcuterie board, before settling on calamari and escargot to start. The snails were served with their shells removed, making them a friendly prospect for novices. The calamari, a firm favourite with regulars prepared from a family recipe from the Basque region, arrived with a delightful coriander, chilli and ginger sauce that we happily mopped up with fresh French bread. I chose beef Bourguignon for the main course, with new potatoes and vegetables. My dining partner opted for duck confit, pork belly and Toulouse sausage, served on a bed of broad beans. For pudding we sampled an indulgent chocolate fondant and tarte au citron. Le Garrick oozes charm, personality and great food at good value. It’s been here for over 30 years for a reason, so why not discover its charms for yourself?