Never have i enjoyed an entire experience as much as i did tonight!
We are visiting London for the week. My daughter had one request "A place I can put a dress on for dinner, in an old looking building."
It took a long time to find just the right place. Most nicer restaurants had menus i just knew my two daughters would not be able to eat from. Then i found Les Trois Garcon on Open Table listed under a section of unique places in London. This is defiantly unique. The interior is fantastic! The perfect place to go with a group for a fun night, or kids (older not toddlers, mine are 15 and 12), or a first date where you need something to talk about. My youngest fell in love with the alligator who wore a tiara and held a septa.
The waitress was friendly. She helped pick our wine, which is perfect because i am terrible at wine. I loved what she chose! The manager was so friendly and light. Between them both I don't know how you could have a bad night.
The four of us had the following: (in english, i can't speak French at all)
Mushroom salad (unbelievable!)
and 4 different desserts.
Everyone one of us just loved the dinner. My tiny 12 year old polished off the steak, a side of potato, and a dessert. She then had to refrain from running her finger discretely through the berry sauce that accompanied her chocolate truffle cake.
There was all kinds of people there tonight. From the well dressed to jeans with a lovely top.
If you read my other reviews I am a diner kind of person, that doesn't mean I don't eat well now and again. I loved it here. It was the dinner of any exclusive restaurant minus the pomp that seems to go with so many.
My next trip to London I am defiantly going back! I would recommend this to absolutely every one.
Had a very pleasant spot of dinner here. Nice cocktails, friendly service, and great interesting decor. Opted to share the chateaubriand. Oddly it arrived kind of cold but we asked if it could be heated up. A bit expensive for everyday dining but definitely a good option on a special occasion.
I have been here twice now and I have been thrilled both times. I can't recommend this place highly enough. I had the tasting menu both times and every dish was excellent, which is fairly rare. The service is great and the decor is odd but interesting.
I absolutely loved Les Trois Garcon - from the elaborate decor to the service and certainly the food.
We enjoyed the chef's tasting menu, which was fantastic. When I made my reservation I indicated I have a dairy allergy, and they were extremely accommodating - everything was modified for me with great service and I appreciated it. I'm not sure whether the warm, spicy plum soup for dessert or the amazing venison or scrumptious scallops were my favorite, but each dish was perfect. As we walked out after a fantastic meal, the host was waiting with my jacket to assist me.
A wonderful evening, and a gem all around. Anywhere with a giraffe wearing a crown is my kind of scene.
Waiters made ridiculous song-and-dance that we had no reservation -- despite there being 8 spare tables through-out the dinner.
Food was ok. Quite good. But not quite worth the 50gbp per person. Interior: I liked the handbags hanging overhead.
OK but not good. Wont likely return.
Very good food, interesting decor, attentive staff and a relaxed atmosphere - what more could you want from a good night out?
My boyfriend took me to Les Trois Garcons on a date recently and I must admit I was well impressed. As you walk in off the busy Bethnal Green road, you enter a wonderland worthy of a Victorian novel. The atmosphere is relaxed, but up-market without being stiff. There are none of the usual annoyances of many a London restaurant - from noisy parties to blokey bankers.
And the food was wonderful - a great mix of French classics, modern British and the odd Asian influence. We had the tasting menu, which started with a shot of a lovely soup that made me want to lick the glass. Next was foie gras with pear and raisin chutney - lovely sharp and sweet to offset the creamy liver. Then came crab tortellini with a lemongrass sauce that put an interesting Asian twist on a European classic. A great reminder that traditional does not have to mean boring and old fashioned. The main course was made up of two types of lamb - a melt in the mouth slow cooked shoulder and a lovely little chop. We finished off with a dark chocolate and praline mille feuille with pear and Earl Grey Tea ice-cream, the addition of which was the only thing that made me question the chef. It was tasty, but simply to much going on on the plate.
I understand some people's complaints about the staff being slightly too keen on appearances, but I think it did fit with the overall ambiance. I occasionally enjoy feeling like a queen of my own wonderland, which is exactly what they achieved through their song and dance. If you are looking for a bit of luxury without any openly stiff pretense, this is definitely the place for you.
This is a great place. Walking into this restaurant is a surreal experience, I won't spoil it as it has to be seen to be believed. Lets just say its different from any other restaurant - anywhere!
Food and drink wise this is top notch French food, We've even taken some ideas back to France!
The service here is some of the best in London,
Good work Garcons!
Most people don't associate mounted animal heads with fine dining. Well, that's the recipe at Les Trois Garcons. There are blinging animal heads all around the dining area. I saw Simba's dad, you know the lion chief from the Lion King, mounted on the wall above me with diamonds around his neck while I was eating. If I were a vegetarian this place would be condemned to hell.
The food is excellent though, just so gourmet. It's quite expensive, like £50 for two courses and £65 for three. The waiters are all super French, so if you ask them about unidentified cheese or some other foreign ingredient on the menu they'll be able to break it down easily for you. This place is posh, a total black tie affair. Tramp casual is not allowed. If the stuffed ostrich with the ruby necklace looks hotter than you, you're going to have issues fitting in with the super quirky yet elegant atmosphere.
I came here with a Groupon voucher, which they had extended the expiration date to accomodate people which was good.
I was surprised by how elegant it is (despite the weird animals and the pocketbooks hanging from the ceiling). I like how they took a space that was probably once a pub and put an elegant and funky edge to it.
We had really good food. It is pricey--I think £35 or so for the two courses and £45 for three and there were no bottles of wine under £25.
But the dorset ravioli appetizer was delicious as was the DUCK! The Duck was divine.
Service was good and was just a delightful meal and experience. I really should give it a 5....
The first thing I noticed is that the decor is a little bizarre.. particularly the hanging purses in the middle but perhaps I haven't spent enough time in North/East London. The food was nothing special but had higher expectations given the reviews. The general feeling I had is that they made the food a while ago as it wasn't very warm and didn't feel like it was recently cook.
I've had better french food in London.
Absolutely loved it here! Having lived in east London for over 6 years now I've been meaning to come here for a long time especially after going to Lounge Lover a few times.
The eccentric decor keeps on surprising you throughout the evening. We came for the tasting menu. To start we had couple of glasses of house rose bubbles, with a very tasty amuse bouche. This was followed by fois gras with some yummy fruit thing and toasted brioche. Fish was monk fish with escallop broad beans, "foam" and quinoa. Main was vension with really dainty vegetables and the most delicious gravy ever (plenty of bread was used to mop every drop up!) Dessert was strawberry sorbet served with crispy chocolate hazlenut thing with marinated strawberries YUM! Everything was delicious but as it's tasting menu the portions are little small so cheese was also ordered. There is the option to have your meal paired with wine but I'm a light weight and not a major fan of wine.
Overall the evening was fantastic. The staff are very tentative and friendly and as I mentioned before the decor is amazing.
This is must if you love interesting interiors and delicious French food.
I went here last September with 7 other people for a birthday party. I have mixed reviews about this place. Before we got there a couple of the people in our party were talking about how great this place was supposed to be. When they did that I think they really raised my expectations of the restaurant.
To start off the inside of this place looks like some eclectic old person manor. I guess it gives you a lot to look at though.
The chilled soup shooter they brought out 1st was good and so were all the appetizers I tried. I was able to try 4 of the main courses also and only 1 stood out. That's the part that throws me off in giving them a 4 star rating. If it was a tapas style restaurant they'd get 4 stars. The service here was 4 star worthy also.
The check (or cheque as you spell it over there) with drinks was £80 a person. Since I'm on the USD that worked out to $160. So for that kind of $ I would have expected a little more.
Cheers from the other side of the pond.
A group of ten of us went here for a friend's birthday. Even though a major reason people dine at Les Trois Garcons is to get a first-hand glimpse at the whimsical décor (think strands of crystal and vintage purses suspended from the ceiling, odd Parisian antiques, and an eerie menagerie of taxidermied animals standing guard - dressed up in jewels and ballet costumes no less) due to our size, we were banished from the main dining room and ushered to the basement, where the interior lacked Les Trois Garcons' signature outrageousness. In fact, the most interesting fixture the downstairs room has going on is a large window looking into the kitchen - so you can watch the chefs rush back and forth under bright fluorescent lights - I suppose this is meant to be entertaining, but frankly, it took away from the restaurant's otherwise dark mystique.
Once seated, our waiter snootily presented us with our Prix Fixe menus (Prix Fixe because we were such a large group), and I have to say, from beginning to end the service was pretentious and curt - not really surprising for being a swank French restaurant, but still, slightly off-putting.
Visually, our food was splendid - fashioned on white plates like miniature sculptures. But, as far as taste goes, the dishes were pleasant, but not mind-blowing. I had an architectural salad - a little tower of red endive concealing a conical mound of soft fromage. My pasta-type entrée had some lovely lightly grilled veggies, but was too-subtly flavoured to be special. But the cheese course! Oh! I was in heaven over having so many luscious cheeses before me. The best was the Tete de Moine, which looked like a frilly flower petal; a supple slice of rich chestnut-flavored cheese with a dense salty undertone. Divine.
Despite the multiple letdowns for our group, I'm still intrigued enough by my short trip through the upstairs dining room to go back. Since while this is definitely not the place for large parties, it looks ideal for a more intimate occasion, when you can order off the full menu and dine underneath a bulldog sporting a tutu.
Les Trois Garcons, I've seen the name mentioned a number of times and is supposedly a favourite celebrity haunt.
I arrived with Ms. Chocoholic for dinner and were greeted with a décor that is just opulently rich and luxurious. I love the vintage hand bags hanging at different lengths from the ceiling and could see myself coming here just to soak in its luxurious surroundings.
We opted for the tasting menu which started with an amuse bouche of cauliflower & truffle puff. It was a savoury burst in the palate, awakening the taste buds.
The second half of the amuse bouche was a sweet potato and ginger soup. The ginger did not sing through at all and sadly played a very underwhelming role.
The first course was home-cured foie gras with pear & golden raisin and toasted brioche
The foie gras had a mid creamy texture yet a light flavour with the taste only hitting you midway before it disappears. The toasted brioche was everything it should be, buttery and moist.
Next to be served was the crab tortellini with a lemongrass sauce.
The crab tortellini was lovely though I could not taste any lemongrass in the sauce.
I was looking forward to the seafood dish of sea bass with seared scallop and mussels in a shellfish sauce and it didn't disappoint. It was clean with a good balance that really brought out the taste of the sea. A surprising dish where each component when in combination works to enhance each other.
The Herdwick lamb cutlets failed to impress with a very heavy gamey taste and the accompaniments did not harmonise.
Sadly it was the same with the dessert, it didn't help that the presentation came across as if not much care went into the making and assembling of it. The Mille feuille and champagne poached pear was just underwhelming.
By this point we were not that interested to even have the petit fours. hat started out seemingly promising crashed unexpectedly and ending a meal on a bad note just leaves this bitter aftertaste that lingers in your mind.
Such a lovely place!
I've been here already few times, last visit was about one or two weeks ago.
Decoration is just amazing, its beyond everything I have imagine. Its kinda strange with all the hanging purses, yet it looks so stylish, gives a little authentic look to the restaurant. Could say that the best word to say about this place is eccentric.
Food is just excellent, always fresh, always served with style and the portions are big. There's a wide selection in the menu, you can choose from a lot of different things, but its a guarantee that all of them will be astonishing.
Staff are welcoming and polite and the prices are average.
In overall this place is a must!
I live very close to this restaurant but haven't quite made it until now. I feel that I am lucky to have a real humdinger of a restaurant under my nose that I shall definitely be visiting whenever I want something that is French inspired cuisine wise.
At this time of the year it's nice to have a mixture of saucings, textures and classical flavorings.
This time I wasn't eating with my beloved but it was my Father and I. We were captivated by the quirkiness of the venue. Expect to see Goat heads with crowns, stuffed tigers and chandeliers of all shapes and sizes in what looks like a slightly eccentric drawing room. The tables are nicely spaced and the staff were receptive and friendly.
We opted for the tasting menu and the selection there was wonderful but the meal wasn't so epic it left us gasping for breath.
The Amuse Bouche comprised of a carrot and ginger soup in a shot glass served with a choux pastry mini bun that had some smoked fish inside. That alone gave my mouth an unexpected foodgasm.
Fortunately my Father had a similar reaction too and from that we silently seemed to agree that we would be having a near Freudian sponsored foodie orgy.
To start there was Foie Gras which had a sauternes glaze, brioche toast and raisin and pear chutney. I am not usually the biggest lover of foie gras but this one wasn't too overpowering and was rather delicate and light in flavor. Yet the delicacy was offset beautifully by the toast and chutney and the richness of the sauternes cleansed the palate nicely.
This was a wine matched meal and the wine served to us was a sauternes too. Again this just became a marriage made in heaven for the course.
The next course (and quite a lot of water later) was Tortellini with crab and langoustine which was served in a creamy, slightly foamy lemongrass sauce. To have experienced heaven in each mouthful would be an understatement as it was as pure (yet decadently filthy) as eating an angel. Each flake of crab melted on the tongue and the lemongrass made the sauce delicately aromatic yet didn't mean the sauce would be too cloying. My only note was that the pasta was a bit thick and was slightly chewy. But it was only slight.
It tasted so good that the only place it would be sent back to would be my mouth to sample it all over again.
This was served with quite a rich chardonnay but it wasn't oaked so it wasn't as syrupy as some of them can be.
For our next course we had some Stonebass which had been cured delicately with honey and came with samphire and a razor clam that had lumps of pancetta with it too. This was paired with another Chardonnay but this one was very clean tasting and left our palates cleansed. It managed to offset the saltiness from the samphire and pancetta in the dish perfectly. I am also a new found fan of the humble 'spooter' as our Scottish cousins would put it. Father and I were delicately unwrapping each layer of food and still sipping politely. Now wasn't the moment to be dripping from the face and chin from the plates of desire we were being sent from the kitchen.
The fish was so delicate yet so well flavored against everything else, portion size was spot on and I would happily order that again. It also flowed well against the other courses we had sampled already.
We then were served some duck that was so exquisite that I can still taste the gamey remnants of it whilst I write about this. This wasn't any old duck, this was serious duck as a certain eldar I know would put it.
The duck breast was served with a cabbage parcel which had slow cooked duck leg meat inside. Each mouthful of that made me then feel that by now I was a in a foodie brothel with keys to every room. Salsify and a light orange jus made me want to bathe in it.
For this we had a very sumptuous Red. I think it was a Medoc but don't quote me on that as my memory by this stage was slightly hazy and the seduction of the kitchen was drowning my senses to the point of feeling nearly dizzy.
We then had a glass of port and some cheese. The selections were spot on as was the walnut bread. I adore walnut bread and I found the bread they served would definitely give the likes of Corrigan and Wareing a run for their money where a bread fight was concerned.
For dessert other than licking every single plate clean and feeling awash with the joys of life and the eccentrically debauched decadence that Les Tois Garcons belted out. We were served a Mille Feuille which had a dark chocolate and praline mousse, a red wine poached pear and earl grey tea ice cream. That was it. This was foodie viagra, that extra shot that meant the orgy could have continued all night and possibly for the rest of your life.
The dessert wine served with this was very enticing too, it was like the nectar of the gods.
To finish we had Coffee, Armagnac and petit fours
Forget 'An Affair To Remember' this will be a special dinner to remember.
From what I observed the matchings
The food is delicious, the decor is decadent and the service over the top.
Every plate is beautifully well crafted and balanced. And to go with that the wine list is impressive.
The room is heavily decorated and for every pause in the conversation you will find another detail that escaped you so far: be it a Dalmatian or a purse.
We really enjoyed the service. After all every so often it's wonderful to feel pampered.
I had been here before a long time ago and I remembered I loved it and I wanted to go back, but it wasn't until yesterday night that I finally made it, after coming across an offer that it was too good to let go, in spite of all my efforts to start a detox programme after Christmas. Oh well, I can always start it in February, can't I? ;)
We had the seasonal tasting menu (£63/head for a 7-course tasting menu) and it was an unforgettable experience. I absolutely loved it. However, we were kind of forgotten in between a couple of the meals, when we spent around 15/20min waiting for our plate to be taken and the other one to be served. This happened twice. This is the only reason why I won't be giving it 5 stars.
That spoiled the experience quite a bit, as it is already a long dinner because of the amount of courses, so adding over half an hour to it made it being 3h15min all in all, and I was just knackered by the end of it.
However, I won't let that affect my review over the food, which was really exceptional. Oh! I just realised that the last reviewer explained the tasting menu perfectly, so job done :) I will just add that the foie gras and the duck were my favourite ones, absolutely outstanding. I find it reasonably priced for such a good quality tasting menu. It is definitely worth a try, and would make a great option to celebrate an anniversary or something special, and also for a romantic date.
The place itself is like out of Alice in Wonderland, where you expect the crazy rabbit to come out of the toilet anytime and start jumping around with the clock in his hand. Weird, but delightful. You will find vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the restaurant, stuffed jewelled animals on one corner, vintage necklaces on the wall opposite the excessively animated bar, but it all works very well together, and it adds to the oddness of the location of the restaurant, quite magical really.
Oh, and for those wine lovers out there, the wine list is quite something too.
I've been here a couple of times with a Groupon offer and loved it. Great, quirky decor (lots of animal heads!), friendly, attentive staff, and tasty, original food. I was worried we might be rushed as the table had a 2 hour limit with the offer, but that was not the case at all.
I'm not sure I'd pay full price (only because I don't tend to spend that much on eating out - even with the offer it was stretching my budget!), but I would definitely recommend if you can get a special offer.
Les Trois Garcons is a lavishly eccentric restaurant serving fabulous food. Situated on an unassuming, gritty main road in East London, it sums up some of the great contradictions that make London so fabulous
Expensive but worth it for a special occasion
It's one of my favourite places, quirky deco, great food, amazing cocktails (not many places in London can make a good Cosmo) friendly staff and you can always end up chatting to some really interesting people at the bar. All in all a real shining gem in the dark street of east London.
I've been here more than 10 times and never been unhappy with the food.
This is Les Trois Garcons, not a place for people who want a standard view and not a place for the vegatarian (to be fair).
I've met a fair few of the staff over the years and they recruit nice quiet unassuming waiters who can serve and pour wine, which few places can say they manage well.
The whole place screams camp and is a better 2 person table venue than a bigger table (I'd say not for the over 4 table really, 6 at most).
This place was East London before the new East London bit and it really fits in so well, as it was a forerunner. Anyone who can't see that is a bit short sighted.
I'd recommend this for the discerning diner with a bit more cash to spend who enjoys a bit of camp in terms of decor but can see that a not touched Edwardian centre bar makes this place so real turn-of-the-last-century. You don't see venues like this often and the food is excellent - go...
Amazing decor and great atmosphere, but you can be unlucky with your choice of food. Definitely not your place if you are a vegetarian or if you abhor stuffed wild animals ... The staff was friendly and attentive, although they had to remind us that they needed the table in half an hour, so no dessert for us ! I had a pumpkin soup that had far too much salt in it - the duck main was good and it came in a decent portion. Expect a pretty hefty bill ... This place is definitely a great choice for decor and atmosphere but not if you expect amazing French cuisine.
How zeee you zaaayy Haute Cuisine? I love this place, it serves French food with unexpected pairings, they call their kitchen a laboratory, sounds freaky , but it is good, they have things like red mullet with aubergine caviar, celery, chorizo and saffron sauce, the ingredients are super fresh, and the setting just ads to the experience with its lavish eccentric decor. It's brilliant for an adventurous date. Also the cocktails are to die for. It is pricy but well worth it. The guys that own this place are also the owners of the hip Loungelover.
Hmm, I have a bit of a mixed opinion on this one. The decor of the restaurant and the food is out of this world, but the service is very much far up their own ass (and so are most of the customers.) If that still may leave you with a romantic experience (and a hefty bill) then go for it.
Thank goodness I did the tasting menu on a Groupon deal otherwise I'd have been pretty pissed off.
I came here with my husband for a romantic evening and the food was exactly as another reviewer described - as if it had been made a while ago and left out. What was meant to be warm was a bit chilly and what was meant to be cold was room temperature.
The decor is pretty funky and the waiter was decent, but somehow this place didn't cut the mustard.
Magnificent back drop and excellent food. The crowd are a bit older but still a reliable romantic venue book it to get into your partners good books
Great. Would have got 5 stars but my starter was cold.
Stunning surroundings and great atmosphere. Great food, but ever so slighty tooooo rich for me. Service was good, but they have that annoying 2 sittings thing (you have to leave by a certain time if you have an earlier siitting), and I like to take my time and have a nice brandy after dinner. Worth going nonetheless.
This place is very pricey, I think it was worth it, some may not. Food was excellent and staff very attentive.
The decor is amazing which makes it all a rather pleasurable experience.
Lovely setting, excellent food and service more befitting Paris than boozy London. A challenge to book but easier if you've been before. Don't be put off by the on line booking system. Better to ring up. Very nice wine list and good value for money (though not inexpensive). If you ask for a wine recommendation, the staff won't automatically steer you to the top priced bottle. Creative dishes, well cooked and with not-bloating proportions. I had lamb fillets in jus with orange carrots. V nice and a lovely St Emilion . This restaurant won't close the kitchen without notice and they certainly wouldn't even think of bringing you the bill half way through the mains (this happened to me last week and triggered a one star review). No, it's a lovely spot with attentive staff and delicious good. Expensive, but you won't need to remortgage to pay the bill. All in all highly recommended.
this place is a gem in the grimmy streets of east london. expensive but its worth it. the ambiance alone will win you over!
Enter this hidden treasure trove of visual delight and your find a restaurant decked out with antique furniture, beautifully laid tables, glistened with cut glass. This place is all about opulence. The name as you might guess, is French origin, which matches the lavish decorative theme and menu. This restaurant is owned by the same three owners as it's neighbour, bar and eatery, Beach Blanket Babylon and the cocktail bar found on the road behind, Lounge Lover. I'm really torn about this place, whilst I love the quirky, decadent, Parisian splendour, found the food superb (for the most part) and the service efficient, but it's hard to put this place on my loved list. At over £100 a head you might start to understand why. Both I and my partner had a 6 course taster meal, with wine and coffee. The first course was lovely, but I was amused (the first course was called anamuse bouche- seethepun there!) to see that with such a small offering of toppings on a very crisp (almost too crisp to cut) cracker, they supplied a basket of bread. How counter purpose! This menu was very Foie gras heavy, and the pearl barley in the third course tasted a little like I might expect lemon kitchen cleaner might, if that is it tasted as it smelt. This said, everything was presented beautifully and I am not one for rejecting new palates. Overall it was a good experience, but with such small portions we left feeling hungry, and much lighter (of pocket). I would recommend this place purely for the experience (where else in London could you see such glorious and varied taxidermy). However, I felt somewhat disappointed by the experience. Having spent a lot of my youth in Paris, whilst this restaurant projects an impression not dissimilar to fine eateries I this region, this is a very English equivalent.
Amazing place, Excellent food and atmosphere. Highly Recommended
This is such a cool place that everything else becomes ridiculous. Expensive, but then again, you get what you pay for!
despite some challenges with the timing of the service, we had a really fabulous meal. we came from california and spent our last night in london at les trois garcons. it was surely the dining highlight of the trip. the decor is amazing-taxidermy, chandeliers, necklaces on the walls. the food was excellent from start to finish. crab tortellini starter was small, but delicious. the duck was cooked perfectly. my husband had pork done 3 ways which was stunning. problems with the service: our bottle of wine did not come until after our appetizers; just before our entrees arrived. that was a huge disappointment! then the dessert was served before the dessert wine!!! unacceptable, but forgiven in this case bc all else was lovely.
omg amazing, im not one to go on about how fantastic a place can be , but yes this was It.Vintage handbags, glorious jewels from every corner of the room and food to die for, i would THOROUGHLY recommend this place, even for just for one night out.I would just like to ask where can you feel youve experienced something so wonderful and quirky and a bit naughty that you think others should really know about in London Town?Let your eyes, ears,mouths, nose and hands do the talking, you will not be disappointed!PS. the tasting menu-£58 for 2.....NOW your're listening!Go book it now theres no excuse!
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