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Cafe Des Amis

11-14 Hanover Place, London, WC2E 9JP

Brilliantly located right in the heart of London's scintillating Covent Garden, Café des Amis , culinarily revitalised by Executive Chef Fabrice Renou, has also been given an update that has put it at the forefront of its kind. Fabrice is from Paris, he trained at La Tour d'Argent and worked with prestigious chefs such as Guy Savoy and Michel Rostand. Fabrice's French world fusion food, or what you might possibly term French with an exotic twist, as he likes experimenting with new flavours, spices and exotic ingredients, contains enough international influences to ensure it is head and shoulders above the rest, against a background of stylish décor and front of house. Whilst primarily occupied with an à la carte menu that is both imaginative and good value, they also offer a bar and brasserie menu which, at £14.

Brilliantly located right in the heart of London's scintillating Covent Garden, Café des Amis, culinarily revitalised by Executive Chef Fabrice Renou, has also been given an update that has put it at the forefront of its kind. Fabrice is from Paris, he trained at La Tour d'Argent and worked with prestigious chefs such as Guy Savoy and Michel Rostand.

Fabrice's French world fusion food, or what you might possibly term French with an exotic twist, as he likes experimenting with new flavours, spices and exotic ingredients, contains enough international influences to ensure it is head and shoulders above the rest, against a background of stylish décor and front of house.

Whilst primarily occupied with an à la carte menu that is both imaginative and good value, they also offer a bar and brasserie menu which, at £14.50 for 2 courses, is tempting to the palate and the pocket.

What's likely to be on offer? Nothing like some good French onion soup to start a brasserie meal, served here with toasted gruyere crouton; crab eblysotto with cardamom, or cannelloni of Grison dried beef with Brousse cheese, mango and ginger dressing.

The inclination towards the fruits of the sea continues into the main courses with a red mullet fillet, niçoise bohemian vegetables and pumpkin seed oil; red tuna steak with tomato salsa and crushed sweet potatoes with argan oil, or Normandy style rope grown moules mariniéres.

The love affair with that most attractive fowl of the air, the duck, goes on and on and here it is roasted, with sauce griotte and polenta with dried fruit. Better appreciation of the quality in food means less leather for the appetites of the eating-out infantry, and the beef here is Simmental sirloin, served with sauce bordelaise and mashed potatoes with marrow and herbs.

Downstairs in a bar that contrives to be both intimate and welcoming, performers from the surrounding wealth of performing arts, and members of their audiences mingle to share their respective pleasures. A well-tuned wine list more than adequately meets the expectations of those who, when served a good meal look for liquid support of the same quality.

The restaurant is open from 12noon to 11.30pm, and on a Saturday night they have a DJ playing ambient, chill out and funky house music in the wine bar.

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Brasserie, European, French

: 12:00 - 23:30
: 12:00 - 20:00

Reservations: 020 7379 3444

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11-14 Hanover Place, London, WC2E 9JP [Map]

£20.00    £30.00

£14.50 (2 courses) to £16.50 (3 courses)

£16.50 (2 courses) to £18.50 (3 courses), pre 7 pm and 10 - 11.30 pm

(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)

REVIEWS OF Cafe Des Amis

Jannie (8 June 2010)

Had dinner last Saturday and was extremely pleased! The service was great and the waiter's smiles were the cherry on the cake. The food was delicious; I really enjoyed the adequate mixture of French and Modern European cuisine. The desserts were tasty and irresistible. I will definitely recommend Café des Amis to friends and will come back!

Rob (17 February 2008)

I'd booked early as a special birthday outing with hotel, opera and dinner, and even phoned to make sure everything was okay. When we arrived we were told that they couldn't accept us; a cryptic 'kitchen disaster' was the only explanation. This disaster didn't seem to affect the other diners but did affect the basic courtesy to phone our contact number. I think this is poor customer service. Luckily they redeemed themselves by pointing us to the Le Cafe du Jardin nearby, and we had a super meal.

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