Catching up with a good friend… but trying to find a less crowded bar with the Christmas Shopping crowds in London, we ended up at Covent Garden Hotel Bar for my favourite cocktail… the Espresso Martini. If you know me, I really don’t drink much alcohol; I taste a lot but drink little. Exception to the rule is the espresso martini and the Covent Garden Hotel Bar in Monmouth Street does a rather nice one. Unfortunately my eagerness led to a lack of actual image of my drink but I am sure you will get a good idea with this one.
We had a highly skilled bartender who seemed to have hit it well with my friend who is extremely particular about his dry martini. So we were still happily catching up, observing the other clientèle, and discussing the ever so favourite topic of food and wine after several cocktails later. I definitely do recommend this bar!
Discussions about food definitely led to our hunger so as we sat at the bar we had a nice view of the street outside and of course… the French restaurant, Mon Plaisir, the oldest French restaurant in London. A quick(ish) phone call to secure a table, we rolled out of the Covent Garden Hotel, across the road and into Mon Plaisir!
French yes, totally French! I felt like speaking English with a French accent.
One of the main pulling points, besides that it was just across from our previous drinking hole, is their steak tartare – so the only real decision making we had to do was the selection of our starters. Not so, our smiling French waiter informed us -
il n’y a plus de steak tartare! Mais non!
It took a while for us to stop repeating to ourselves – “they don’t have any steak tartare”… register that… and try to move on. So more time spent perusing the menu. We ended up with the cassolette d’escargots à partarger, et puis, Coquilles Saint Jacques Mon Plaisir et Côte de Veau Normande. As a recommendation we decided to try their petits pois, no such thing as plain petits pois, only the French serve petits pois with cream and ladrons!
But if you are after a little bit of France in the centre of London, do try Mon Plaisir, they serve good straight forward typical and traditional French cuisine. You also get to practise your French, the waiters are very polite and friendly, even after a neighbouring table decided to speak French and ordered,
“De l’eau con gas!”
The Covent Garden Hotel
10 Monmouth Street London WC2H 9HB
Monday to Saturday: 7am – 12am / Sundays and Public Holidays: 8am – 11pm
T: 020 7806 1007
19-21 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD
T: 020 7836 7243 for reservations and details
Monday to Friday
12:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch
5:45pm – 11:15pm Evening
12.00pm – 3.00pm Lunch
5.45pm – 11.15pm Evening