Mon Plaisir

19-21 Monmouth St, London, WC2H 9DD Directions

   Closed today Open Monday 12:00 - 21:00

Business overview

The oldest French restaurant in London, awarded 2 AA Rosettes for excellent cuisine, Mon Plaisir on Monmouth Street near Covent Garden has been the home of the finest French cuisine for over half a century. Mon Plaisir has an authentic French ambience throughout, from the knowledgeable and attentive staff to the pewter topped bar, originally featured in the lounge of a Lyonnais brothel. Each of the four dining rooms is completely individual, yet resonates with the nostalgic atmosphere of decadent France in the 1940's. Just as genuine and hedonistic as the decor, the food at Mon Plaisir boasts the best of traditional and modern French cuisine. Specialities of the a la carte menu include Côte de Boeuf Ecossaise Grillée, Loup de Mer and Sole de Douvres. Mon Plaisir also offers a three course regional set menu on the second Monday evening of every month, complemented with live accordion music throughout the night. This delightful blend of delicious cuisine and genuine ambience has led to Mon Plaisir being acknowledged in some of the finest restaurant guides, including Hardens, Square Meal, Via Michelin and The Good Food Guide.


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Products & Services

Average three-course meal price: £30

Average main-course price: £16

French cuisine

Style: Traditional Restaurant & Family Restaurant

Provided by Livebookings


Atmospheric french


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.

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This is not a French Restaurant!

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.
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Former glory or a bad day??

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.
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Everything changes but this

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!
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French charm

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!! ;-)
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