19-21 Monmouth St, London, London, WC2H 9DD
- Tel: 020 7836 7243
Renowned as one of London's oldest French restaurants, Mon Plaisir is a family-run restaurant that has been established for more than 60 years. Serving a variety of authentic gastronomic delights, Mon Plaisir emanates a lively atmosphere and can cater for private parties of up to 10 guests upon request.
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02/01/2011 by gilka
Cosy and beautiful place. You can get the pre-theatre menu if you want to pay less than £20. sometimes on Mondays they have accordion player which adds to the atmosphere! The service was great each time I have been there but the food is often just ok. I would say it is a worth a visit as a pre-theater meal because of the atmosphere.Report this
This is not a French Restaurant!
01/03/2010 by LnCd
Staff was neither friendly nor smiled. The service is rather long. The meat was not tender at all, nor particularly well presented, is supposedly be a French restaurant, but in France we do not find all this quality of food in restaurants. The wine was very warm. It's really a shame knowing that owners and most employees are French.Report this
Former glory or a bad day??
19/11/2008 by amandaharrison
I haven't been for years but I was very much looking forward to a return trip to Mon Plaisir. After hunting high and low on Monmouth Street to find it (a sense of direction was never my strong point)I entered into one of those traffic jam situations when everyone stands around looking gormless with a kerfuffle of coat-taking and the like. It was worse for me as my nose was chilly wind-induced running(nice)and the first thing I did was to ask for a tissue which got 'em. By the time I was offered a serviette (napkin?)my host thought I was being most strange just hovering there not going to the table. Anyway. At the table, I sat myself down, and said host offered me a sip of his kir royale, saying it had taken him ages to get a drink. I don't know about you but that's not what I want to hear when I go to a restaurant. I want to unwind from the journey before being hassled head-first into ordering food. So I had to do that wave thing and try and catch the eye of a waiter/ress/ron ANYone to get me a drink, whilst trying to hold a "hello how are you isn't this nice thanks for inviting me to lunch" conversation. With my nose running. Not good. Food was just OK. I didn't have the snails as I was going to the dentist the next day and didn't want to freak him out, particularly as he looks like he should be in a boyband. I had scallops (too salty) and I forget what else, and I only went last week. Just shows. I think there were all sorts of comfort food on the menu from what I recall, coq au vin and the such, but nothing waved any flags at me. Happy to be taken (sort of); I wouldn't host lunch there myself.Report this
03/03/2008 by gastro1
Sorry to disagree with my fellow reviewers. Pas mon plaisir. For me this is a bad joke a french TGI's. Poor food prepared and designed to achieve high margins with average ingredients. Good French bistro food does not exist in the UK or at least I have not found it. Mon Plaisir is really poor if you want to sample the real thing jump on the Eurostar to Paris and try L'Ami Louis ,Allard, Benoit ,Aux Lyonnais and Moissonier just to name a few.Report this
Everything changes but this
13/12/2007 by Browners
We've been eating at Mon Plaisir before and after plays and on special occassions now for about a decade. It's authentically French and gives you the chance to show off with a few choice bon mots. I think one of the main reasons we've stayed loyal to Mon Plaisir as a family is that Dad rather likes the lingerie shop next door. Needless to say the rest of us find this a bit creepy! The first time we came here I ate perfect French onion soup followed by a rare entrecote steak frites with creamy peas with lardons. And it was so good that I have eaten the same thing each time! In many ways the peas are the star of the show. A bit like a pea carbonara they're so good they'll have you hooked like a smack addict. They set the standard for French bistro food in London. Over the years I've sampled (nicked from other peoples' plates) some fantastic garlic snails, delicious grilled salmon and a disturbingly cold coq au vin which Mum was too embarassed to send back! That one disaster apart we've collectively fallen in love with Mon Plaisir and will continue coming back until either they or we shut down!Report this
23/10/2007 by FluffyRona
A slice of old-school France in the centre of Covent Garden! Ask for a table upstairs and you can while away a happy afternoon with some superb traditional French grub. Great Muscadet on offer with some wonderful fish last time I went. And don't let the sneer of the waiter deter you - they DO take bookings and WILL let you choose the table YOU want!! ;-)Report this
Stable, solid, unexciting
09/10/2007 by ChrisHarrison
As a pre-theatre venue it delivers - quick service, tasty food, reliable dependability which being decently cheap, if almost a parody of its Frenchness. It won't blow your socks off, but by not changing visit-on-visit, it won't disappoint you, either.Report this
26/07/2007 by JulesHolmwood
I went for lunch one Friday after an exceptionally busy week and felt like I'd stepped out of the hustle and bustle of professional life into a rural French bistro. It seemed a million miles from Central London both in ambience and style. Had a lovely meal and a great experience. Food was fabulous. Would definitely recommend this as a restaurant for both romance and business; certainly when I went you could have enjoyed eitherReport this
22/03/2007 by simonB
This is a favourite restaurant of mine and its classic French dishes never disappoint. Probably the most authentic 'french bistro' experience you'll find in London? The only negative I have is that the tables at the front of the restaurant are exceptionally close together....you dining neighbours are definitely going to hear every word you say so it's definitely not the place for wispering amorous thoughts or doing high powered business deals!Report this
08/03/2007 by tristan
Romantic and oh so French. Great menu. Last food orders need to reach the kitchen before 11.15 so it's a good spot for after the theatre too. It's also surprisingly bigger on the inside than it appears ... although the best place to sit is up front near the windows to catch the full flavour.Report this
French bistro with a certain "je ne sais quoi"
15/08/2006 by Formaggio_Amore
A big French flag, perched proudly at the front, greets you when you arrive at this little pleasure of a restaurant. Funnily, it is facing another outlet with an equally massive, British flag on the other side of the street -things never change, do they?! This street should be renamed "Channel Street"! Anyway, this venue has been serving simple, authentic French cooking -as opposed to exuberant "tour-de-force"-type French cuisine- for more than 50 years, apparently. The place is charming, cosy, not to say old-fashioned, with an interior resembling a French bistro. Dishes are old French classics: for example, I had an onion soup with croutons and melted gruyere which was delicious -and I am not even a big fan of soups, although I adore cheese! (where I come from, they call me "The Che"). ;OP...sorry...couldn't resist the “fat” pun! Having to rush before going to the theatre, I skipped having any “piece de resistance” and finished with a sinful chocolate mousse: sheer delight. Otherwise, the staff is young, "lovely", friendly, attentive and mostly French -if you love the accent, then it will be an extra piece of entertainment for you! In a nutshell, if you like French food, cooked simply but expertly, then ZIS IZ ZE place TOU BEE, in Covent Garden. They do have pre-theatre menus at £12.50/£14.50 for two/three courses, including a glass of wine. Unbeatable, you say? “Mais oui!”....is it a coincidence then that this place is situated on "MON-MOUTH" Street?! I wonder.Report this
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