We dined at Les Deux Salons in Covent Garden for a taste of traditional French cuisine. Head along during the week for a touch of sophistication to your evening. We tasted and revelled in chefs Anthony Demetre and Will Smith’s new menu just for you. Here you can find out what to expect from this welcoming establishment.

Join The Crowd

This is the perfect place to go with your colleagues for a professional meal after work and it also works as a great place to dine with your sophisticated crowd of friends. Les Deux Salons is located in a place that holds the quintessence of France in its cuisine and surroundings. The restaurant is buzzing with diners, yet it isn’t bursting at the seams, which makes it a great place to sit, eat and have a conversation that you can hear.

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Scene It

When you walk into the restaurant you’re greeted by the welcoming staff and are offered their cloakroom service that takes less than a minute. This personal touch is great for those who are lugging around their work documents. The huge rectangular mirrors bring old French decor, adding a Parisian touch to the setting. The mirrors are also a vital companion for the round lamps; they reflect the lights across the entire restaurant, making it all the more spacious while keeping it cosy. Les Deux Salons means two floors, of which this restaurant is comprised. Here, you’ll find two floors of luxury embedded into simplicity.

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Taste Of France

Les Deux Salons is as particular about the presentation of their food as about the food itself, with attention to detail in the precise way the food is laid out on the plate to maintaining the minimalist French style. The waiting staff are friendly and informative, offering details on the origins of each dish. For starters we recommend trying the Burrata ‘mozzarella’ which comes with sliced ‘datterini’ tomatoes so juicy that you could be eating them in the South of France (£10.50). The Macaroni which comes with a generous dusting of black Autumn truffle (16.95) is equally good- it’s the combination of truffle, macaroni and cream cheese that makes it unique.

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The mains we tried were Young Chicken, Lemon and Garlic (16.95), and their signature classic Fish Pie. The chicken arrived with a side of gravy and is quite crisp, cooked to the bone, and goes beautifully with the accompanying Gratin, made with potatoes and double cream. The Fish Pie was extraordinary and if you’re a fish lover then you must try this dish. A rocket salad on the side goes well with such heavy dishes. The mains were presented in traditional heated pots, keeping the food warm and making it feel homely.

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For desserts we recommend either the classic Crème Brûlée (£7), which is soft and flavourful, or the Pear and Almond Tart (£7), which has a rich almond scent and is filled to the brim with diced pears. There’s a wine selection that perfectly complements these dishes. For the Crème Brûlée go for the Apasionado- the floral flavour bursts in your mouth but the taste soon disappears, a bit like a spoonful of Crème Brûlée.

Les Deux Salons, 40 – 42 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DD,
+44 2074202050

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