Tuttons is a longstanding bar brasserie situated in a really nice part of Covent Garden Piazza. I wanted to mention this particular venue today,because as the weather starts to warm up is- the much coveted seated area on the piazza;the Terrace will be very popular with all. It has an area that holds 52 diners and is the ultimate place to grab a bite to eat while enjoying the sunshine and watching London go by.
They have an excellent range of main courses, costing around £13 on average. There is something for everyone be their preference vegetarian, fish or meat. The choice which is my most favourite includes Pumpkin and Sage Risotto cakes served with baby Spinach and Caramelised Red Onion; Honey glazed Salmon fillet with warm Potato and baby Leek salad; chargrilled Lamb steak with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and a firm favourite, warm Goat's cheese salad served with Bruschetta and Apple chutney.
Daily specials are announced on the blackboard and are very reflective of the season and weather, or as much as they can be in the British summertime. Look out for the Asparagus and Hollandaise sauce which never fails to impress.
Tuttons is a happy place and thoughts of restraint should be left outside. This leads to the wine list which complements the menu well and offers a sound choice with the emphasis on New World wines. House wines are £13.95 per bottle.
It has its own separate in-house bar offering a variety of drinks and lighter bites. Whether you stop by for a coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening the bar is always lively and the staffs are a pleasure to chat with.
Tuttons is also an ideal place to meet friends and business associates and that what I like about it the most.. It is close to all the pleasures of Covent Garden and the West End and is an ideal port of call to rest from over vigorous sightseeing or shopping.
Finally, if you want to ask up to fifty friends out for a party you can hire the twin private dining rooms, beautifully decorated and very intimate under the main restaurant and have a wonderful time. There is no venue hire charge and the set menus feature some of the highlights from the a la carte menu of the Brasserie.
Just one more thing, all diners at Tuttons get free and priority entry to the seductively stylish new cocktail bar Dirty Martini, located next to the restaurant so you can extend your evening into the small hours.
Well it's nicely appointed. The bar menu here offers no surprises except perhaps in terms of portion sizes which seem to have been set by Weight Watchers. The wine list is good enough, but again nothing worth writing home about.
At the end of the day, there's nothing offensive about the place, it's just not somewhere I'd choose to go to unless I was outside it.
I normally try to avoid Covent Garden (too many tourists can mean pretty average food) but my friend suggested eating here, and I noticed we could get 50% off using the tastecard, so I figured it was worth a try.
I think some of the previous reviews for this place are a bit harsh. The waiters were all friendly and helpful (and gave good advice for the deserts.)
The food didn't blow me away, but it was pretty good (and we were both really full for about £16 each - yay for the tastecard.)
- Mussels: Yum...but then, I guess it is hard to mess up moles frites.
- The Kentish style cheesecake: I really enjoyed this. I've never had a de-constructed cheesecake before! I have no idea why (or of it is) it is named after Kentish town!
A good location for a meal after shopping or before the theatre. Tuttons sits on the corner of covent garden quite close to the station. The restaurant was quite nice although the seating could have been more spacious and the atmosphere wasn't as good as other restaurants.
The staff were friendly enough.
The menu was limited but the food was quite nice and a little unusual. The service was quick and efficient but this was on a sunday night so not sure about peak times.
There wasn't much of a view but there might be more to see during the daytime.
Very nice place, a look of elegance in the wonderful surroundings of Covent Garden.
I was there for lunch, as I was lucky enough to get main courses for two for £1 during a lastminute.com promotion. However, their usual prices are around £12-£17, which is reasonable, but the best value is to go for a pre-theatre 2 course meal for around £16, which has some of the main courses from the a la carte menu.
The mango and prawn salad (one of the seasonal specials) was nice, but they were a bit skimpy as there were only 4 small prawns. I had the sea bass which was well done, although a bit watery, and if I had to rate it I would give it a 3 out of 5 only.
Having eaten sea bass at a similar European-style restaurant called EastWay at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street only a few nights earlier, it was a major disappointment.
I recommend that this place is probably good value if you go for their 2-course pre-theatre set menus for £16ish, but if you order a la carte you can probably find better value or better quality elsewhere.
Went here on Saturday for a friend's birthday and got to use the 'Vault' private dining room, which was perfect for a secluded meal away from the hussle and bussle of other diners (especially on a Saturday night).
The room was very cosy, with exposed brick work, wall lights and a large dresser on one side. We even had our own dedicated waiters who made sure we had everything we needed.
The food was mediocre really, I think it was more about the location/book-ability than for the food.
Watch out for the WCs however, as they are joined with Dirty Martini bar next door so they get very busy and full of young tipsy ladies gossiping/applying make up which you don't normally get in a restaurant toilets.
Expensive and terrible, skip this place.
I've been here a few times with varied experiences. The first few times were moderately good -- I had a decent meal with friends and we were able to sit outside and enjoy the rare events of nice London weather
The last experience I had was bad though (Dinner on Saturday). The service was super slow and the people to both sides of us were served before we were even though they came much later than us.
I think this place is not very good for Dinners...the managers were disorganised and didn't seem to know how to cope with the influx of people. My experiences during lunch hours have been much better.
We ate breakfast in Tuttons before going to Covent Garden Market which is a few meters near. Eggs Florentine and porridge with honey were tasty. Hot Earl Grey Tea warmed us up and that's good before walking outside. The service was friendly and the price is averaged.
I went here with a group of Londoners and wasn't impressed. It was my poor boyfriend's idea of classy dining. Was the food edible? Yes. Was it the best meal of my life? Surely no. This apparently is owned by the same people who do Rock Garden which, after I ate there, has since shut down. I am not too surprised. The food there was definitely not worth the price either. I had the Salmon at Tuttons and it was good but wasn't anything special. I would recommend this place for maybe a first date. But not if you're trying to impress a girl. Cause I definitely wasn't impressed. Sorry now ex-boyfriend! At least you tried.
Not good. I agree with the previous review. We were hungry and looking for a place to eat. We happen to stumble on Tuttons Brasserie. I could never understand the menu. Not sure if it is French? I had the mussels dish which was dry and my colleague had a fish dish which looked really small. I also cannot believe they changed pounds for bread. Personally I would have avoided Tuttons Brasserie if I had read the yelp review. There was another place pretty close which looked better. The staff was terrible. The waitress didn't know anything about the menu. She stated it was her first day. I guess she received not training. The beer was good and therefore Tuttons Brasserie receives a 2 rating. Recommend stay away!!! Tuttons Brasserie is overpriced at about 30 pounds per head.
6 for breakfast on Sunday morning. We were meeting London-based family and rolled up on time but the others were late due to a train delay. Even though the restaurant was quite busy, this was no problem for the staff and we had great and very strong Americanos while we waited. Good start. When all eventually had arrived and ordered, it took some considerable time to be actually served our food. This was not an issue for us as we were very busy catching up but, in other circumstances, I would have been pretty hacked off at a 30 minute wait for food. When it did arrive, it was excellent in fairness. A couple of us, including your scribe, had ordered bacon sarnies with egg on top (I think they were called something fancier but that's what they were), others sausage sarnies (ditto) whilst the full English also looked the business. We were somewhat perplexed that the teenager who ordered the full breakfast didn't like beans. Or mushrooms. Or tomato. And wasn't too keen on eggs either. He therefore got some considerable help in finishing his breakfast. We lingered for ages over more coffee and more tea but didn't in any way feel hassled or pressured to leave. Excellent experience, we will be back.
Visited here with the boyfriend last week (who maintains that it serves the best coffee he's ever had!). It was alright. Couldn't fault the food. But I thought the service wasn't great, and I didn't appreciate having an "optional" 12.5% service charge added on to the bill. Probably would go back here but would likely try a few other places first.
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