Tucked away on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, you will fi nd London’s oldest French restaurant: Mon Plaisir. Run by the same family since the 1970s, it has established a strong and loyal following thanks to its genuinely French offering, warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere.
Mon Plaisir offers a varied menu, which changes frequently and features a mixture of beloved French home comforts and modern, innovative dishes. To start, we enjoyed a traditional warming onion soup and a simply stunning homemade terrine de foie gras, which was complemented by vin sucrée (fragrant sweet wine jelly). This was followed by tender sirloin steak with sauce au poivre and crisp pommes allumettes, and a deliciously light and beautifully presented fillet of sea bream, served on a bed of celery with basil oil. Finally, our pistachio macaroon with sharp raspberry was delicate yet packed with flavour – what a way to finish.
An authentic ambience is maintained throughout the four rooms of the restaurant, brought about by everything from the knowledgeable staff to the fascinating decor, much of which has been painstakingly sourced from fl ea markets in Paris. Each room has its own distinct character and charm; a highlight is the mezzanine floor, which houses a romantic table on a little balcony and overlooks a zinc bar that was reclaimed and restored from a Lyonnais brothel. It’s fair to say that dining at Mon Plaisir is a memorable experience, and when we stepped outside at the end of the evening, we felt as though we should have been emerging onto the streets of Paris.