Les Deux Salons

Price guide: Mid-range

40-42 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DD

Price guide: Mid-range

Grand brasserie style over two floors

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#22 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Les Deux Salons

You don’t have to hop on Eurostar to dine in a jovial French brasserie.

Flicking through the notes and photographs of our visit has really made me smile – this is a terrific spot from a team at the top of its game. Sure, London has no need for yet another French-style brasserie, but here the food, atmosphere and service dovetail so neatly that it could well become a regular haunt.

Food and drink: 

Thankfully the menu’s not the caricature it might have been. Yes, there’s cassoulet (Thursday on the plats du jour), fish soup, and steak tartare with frites, but also Herefordshire snail and bacon pie and a wonderfully rugged belly of pork with lentils and autumns veg. Do try the Paris brest filled with praline cream for pudding: it’s piled with toasted almonds and manages to be rich and creamy as well as light and crunchy. I have to say I’m a little disappointed they don’t do breakfast, though you can get afternoon tea. The wine list is excellent and offers almost everything by carafe as well as bottle.

Ambience: 

It’s cavernous, and the last tenant was a contemporary pub chain, so no surprise the shiny new brasserie décor feels a little corporate and off-the-peg. Fortunately the tiled floor, copper bar and elegant linens add some welcome character.

Service: 

Delightful and charming, for the most part.

Location: 

Really handy for Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, Charing Cross and the south side of Covent Garden.

Price advice: 

Choose carefully and a three-course meal could cost under £25 without you resorting to the £15.50 pre-theatre deal. Equally you could blow £23.95 on a main course of monkfish alone. Desserts at £5.50 are great value for these times; wines are even better, starting at £14.50 for a 750ml bottle.

Other useful branches: 

The same team is behind Soho’s Arbutus and Mayfair’s Wild Honey, but this is a notably different and more ambitious operation.

More information on Les Deux Salons:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
French, Modern
Address:
40-42 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DD
Telephone:
020 7420 2050
Website:
http://www.lesdeuxsalons.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur noon-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Les Deux Salons? Would you recommended it?