It’s always nice to greet a milestone birthday looking your best, and Le Garrick has certainly done that following a makeover last year for its 30th anniversary. 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 and chairs for al fresco dining. Upstairs boasts large windows – perfect for people-watching – 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.
Charles Lepelletier, the owner, takes inspiration from his 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 30 years for a reason, so why not discover its charms for yourself?