Le Cafe Anglais , 8 Porchester Gardens, W2

At the beginning of September, Le Café Anglais opened its doors after three weeks of renovation to reveal its new oyster bar and café, and spruced-up dining room. The new set-up looks fantastic. The first thing that greets you when you enter the restaurant is the sparkling oyster bar with its marble top and red leather stools. In fact, what first greets you is the larger than life chandelier that hangs over the oyster bar – a truly impressive spectacle.

Around 50 covers can comfortably sit in the café/oyster bar area, either on stools at the bar, or at the surrounding marble-topped tables. Beyond this, the spacious restaurant opens out and can seat over 100. Despite the expanse of the restaurant, its excellent design still gives a feeling of intimacy through a number of booths dotted around the room and generously spaced tables.

The café/oyster bar menu boasts a fantastic selection of fish and seafood. Obviously oysters are a big feature, there is also a seafood platter and hot dishes such as fish pie. Non-fish options include tagliatelle with girolles and skirt steak with béarnaise and chips.

The main restaurant has updated its menu with an extensive list of hors d’oeuvres which are £4.50 each, or three for £12. On weekdays they have a set price menu – a two course lunch is £17.50 and dinner is £18.50.

It’s amazing to think that this stylish and modern space, before it became Le Café Anglais in 2007, was a MacDonalds – all trace of this history has of course vanished (except maybe the red furnishings!). It is definitely worth a visit, be it as respite from shopping in Whiteley’s or a relaxing dinner with friends at one of the large booth tables.

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Comments

Have been here before.... and

Have been here before.... and am not quite sure what the refurb consists of? Returned recently for Sunday lunch, with a party of six. The food is still pretty good: grilled octopus and borzotti beans is delicious, the eel well worth trying and the fish soup very tasty and a good provencal style dish. The duck, one of several roast game dishes, could have been pinker but was good; the politcally-incorrect veal kidneys, in a mustard sauce, are also delicious served with a mash potato confection!! Service is pretty good - they warned us they were about to run out of the roast beef special, before they did, and the only criticism was that they ran out of chocolate souffle - presumably the chef had to go home - but as this was after 3:30pm I guess this is understandable!! A good Townfood recommendation
Thank you Christabel.

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