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Mon Plaisir
Mon Plaisir

Mon Plaisir Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.monplaisir.co.uk/
  • Phone: 0207 836 7243
  • Hours of Operation: Mon - Sat: Lunch: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Brasserie: 2:30pm - 5:45pm, Dinner: 5:45pm - 11:30pm.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Wine

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A word from Mon Plaisir
For more than half a century, a little piece of the capital has been proudly French too - Mon Plaisir restaurant on Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street is famous as London’s longest-serving French restaurant. Is it romantic? Well, dozens, maybe hundreds, of marriage proposals have taken place here as well as countless first dates, third dates and anniversary celebrations. Acquired by the Viala brothers in the 1940s, Mon Plaisir has gone from strength to strength, entertaining a who’s who of London society with its uniquely French charm. Four rooms with different looks make up Mon Plaisir – from the main dining room, unchanged since the 40’s, to the lounge with its pewter-topped bar rescued from a Lyonnais brothel. From the utterly traditional, to the conceptual and modern, Mon Plaisir restaurant’s French menu explores in depth France’s world-famous cuisine with a panache more often seen on the streets of Paris.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Living in East Anglia now, after many years in London, we go back into the city only for events such as West End plays, gallery visits, and to meet up with friends. Mon Plaisir was one of oiur favourites in the past and is even more so nowadays. Attending a matinee and then enjoying an early-ish dinner at Mon Plaisir before catching the last train home (9 pm) not only gives us an excellent meal, but allows us to take advantage of the very affordable pre-theatre offers. And the wine list is extraordinary, with excellent choices amongst excellent prices at the low end price-wise."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Mon Plaisir was a recommendation from a friend which lived up to expectation. The service was very good with the waitress pre-empting our needs. Food was delicious. We will go again on our next trip to London."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "First went to Mon Plaisir as a student for a "special celebration" in 1968 and return occasionally when I am back in London. It is still recognisable as the place I first visited and still retains both its French ambience and the certainty of a very good meal served by pleasant staff. Good to know some things do not change in an otherwise very changed city"
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "Limited menu & my crab starter was still frozen & after 2 mouthfuls I exchanged it for something else & was unwell for the next 24 hours!"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "Very pleasant waiter that let us eat at a very leisurely pace without chasing us and agreed to our requests for a variety of puddings and three spoons with charm. A lovely evening."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "I had lunch at Mon Plaisir with a French colleague of mine and she was impressed with the food. Always a good sign! Lovely place that feels like a little Paris in the middle of Covent Garden"
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Charming old fashioned and very good value. Great for lunch."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "I couldn't fault the food or the friendly and efficient wait-staff. The manager, on the other hand, was something else! When we asked why the restaurant did not open until 5.45pm she snapped "Our staff have to eat"! Er, maybe they could eat earlier? It seems to have passed them by that every other restaurant in London is open all day and I'm glad for them that they can afford not to. They clearly don't care about their customers as very few would be regulars - most are theatregoers who they are unlikely to see again. To place such a rude individual in a customer-facing role is really not a great idea. I will not venture back in a hurry - Covent Garden & Soho are packed with many more pleasantly run places to eat."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Our second time here and not as good as the previous visit. Although the food was good it was not exceptional for the price."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "It remains a friendly value for money oasis in the West End ideal for pre-theatre dinner. First visited at 20 and still enjoy even though it has expanded greatly."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Quick served and good food. Nice staff. The table we got were to close to the kitchen "locker" where the staff waited for the food to be brought out to the customers"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Nice ambience. Staff friendly but slow to deal with requests. Main courses were good, and wine list comprehensive. Our main problem was that the creme brûlées were 'split' or 'curdled'. When pointed out the staff said they'd been having problems with them!"
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "This must be our fourth visit to Mon Plaisir in about 6 weeks! We rediscovered it in May and enjoy as much as we did many years ago. It's good to find some things don't change!"
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "We enjoyed an excellent dinner here with impressively authentic French cuisine and excellent service. The cuisine and service have been somewhat variable in Mon Plasir of late but the restaurant has now regained its former high standards and our recent dining experience was most enjoyable. The prices for food are very reasonable for the quality and standard although some of the wines on a vast list are a little overpriced. Recommended."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Eight of us from bridesmaids to grandmothers had lunch at Mon Plaisir for my daughter’s hen party meal before a theatre matinee performance. The food was excellent, my lamb from the lunch menu was so tasty and tender and daughter’s steak cooked to perfection. Service was just right, not too invasive. The wine is a little pricey but the least expensive dry white (£19) was very very good. Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Have known this restaurant for many years and it maintains a high standard of classic French dishes. Whilst not the most innovative menu, the seasonal food is well prepared and particularly impressive was their ability to produce strawberries and cream ( not on the menu but all we had room for). Good, friendly professional service too."
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "Lovely to be back at Mon Plaisir agan after a long gap! We had the set lunch which was delicious and very reasonable. wine good and service delightful. Will be back soon!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "We had a brilliant post-theatre dinner. We opted for the fixed price special. The food was excellent, as was the service. Haven't been to Mon Plaisir for several years as we had a disappointing experience there but we shall certainly go there again. Really excellent value."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Tho we ate Italian food in a French restaurant it was terrific. The restaurant has such a history...it's wonderful to know it's still going strong."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "As a long-time Parisian food addict and gourmet I was pleasantly surprised by the "French" atmosphere of this establishment in the heart of London. The service was irreproachable - timely and customer-friendly. I had forgottent o change from CET to GNT and the hostess offered to take my luggage while I went for a quick pre-dinner stroll. The waiter was fresh from Paris - friendly and chatty. Not to mention Serge the musician on his harmonica providing a real "Montmartre" touch to the meal. Foodwise: efficient, great value and tasty too - I took the pre-theatre menu. A great little culinary bijou. A très bientôt j'espère pour une soirée conviviale et authentique ......"
    dined on 09/06/2014
  • "We had an excellent waiter who was highly attentive and friendly. My food review would have been five stars had not the broccoli soup been cold. "
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "As usual very good food and excellent service.good value.we were in the back room which was rather hot.otherwise fine."
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "Great food. It has a real Frenc bistro feel and the food is excellent. The staff are helpful and friendly."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "Long-established French restaurant maintains an excellent standard of cuisine and service at a reasonable price."
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "Good French food, excellent service and very friendly prices. We liked it!"
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "Have visited Mon Plaisir many times over many years and it never fails to be outstanding. Food is excellent with a wide ranging menu. Four different rooms within the restaurant to choose from. Excellent for special occasions or just a meal out. Very good value."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "The ambience and location of this restaurant is superb. The staff are discreet and the food delicious. Always sets us in a romantic mood for the evening ahead. Merci "
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "Good French Food and very good value for London. Service friendly"
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "I eat in this restaurant quite regularly, both for work lunches and dinner with friends. I've always been surprised by how variable the quality of food is. You never know what you're going to get. Not only is it unpredictable from visit to visit, but often from course to course. I recently went there for a celebration dinner with a friend. Whilst my lamb was well cooked and delicious, the cod she was served was beyond terrible: dry, burnt, inedible. The waiting staff (including management) were extremely polite, deducted it from our bill and showed it immediately to the chef who agreed it wasn't up to standard. However, I just can't understand how it got out of the kitchen in the first place. Lovely place, great people. Not top food. "
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "We met two old friends here for lunch and it was as delightful as we all remembered it from visits many years ago. "
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "I have been dining at Mon Plaisir for more than 30 years now and it never fails to please."
    dined on 19/05/2014
  • "Had a lovely meal here at the weekend, they have a great wine list and a lovely atmosphere. Another couple of vegetarian options would have been welcome to give me as much choice as everyone else, but very nice."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "The service was brilliant, the food was great and not over-priced. The food arrived quickly so it's perfect for a meal before going to the theatre!"
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "This was not a dining experience. We came straight from a matinee and had the post-theatre menu. Within forty minutes we were out of the restaurant feeling very disappointed. This was because the food was served up immediately - how can this be if its cooked fresh. The portions were very small and If we had not asked for five minutes to wait for pudding we would have been out in just over thirty minutes. Have had loads of better post/pre- theatre meals. "
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "very nice food,good ambiance,excellent service and reasonable value."
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "The staff were friendly and made sure that they knew when we had to leave. Food was ok but nothing special however at the price it was it was very good! "
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "I have been visiting this restaurant for over 30 years and throughout this time its high standards of food, service, welcome and value have been maintained. It's always a pleasure to eat here, and the pre-theatre menu is excellent value."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "Busy restaurant at 6.15 - good table in the window - limited choice from preTheatre menu - food was ok - we chose from the pre- theatre menu I had informed m'aitre d that we were not in a rush having been to theatre main course served soon after starter! Good house red at £19 a bottle good value but not in hurry to return"
    dined on 14/05/2014
  • "For pre-theatre dining Mon Plaisir cannot be beaten in price, service or efficiency and the food is excellent too. When arriving staff note the time of your show so that they know they are working towards speedy service to accommodate you, but with the restaurant opening at 5.30 you can still have plenty of time for a leisurely pre-theatre dinner. The pre-theatre menu has a good choice, the steak and fishcake are popular with friends. A good house red and the waiter topped up our glasses with unobtrusive efficiency. Desserts fantastic and a welcome coffee all within the price. Amazing. When I introduce friends they always go back with their partners. Looking forward to a later evening dining experience soon. Thank you. "
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "Great find in the heart of theatre land, fabulous pre and post theatre menu, great typical French service, lovely ambiance, good French brasserie food, only problem is the tables are very close together. Can't wait to go again, and for this to be a regular haunt."
    dined on 10/05/2014