Chez Gerard - Covent Garden

The Opera Terrace, The Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF

Chez Gerard Covent Garden is a place for the cool cookies, modern, airconditioned, stylish and appealing to all. Drawing on French influences from all over the globe from Morocco to Montreal, and embraces the Gallic inclination for all day brasserie dining. Naturellement families and children are welcome at all times, and children have their own menus and a goody pack. Here in Britain the influences may be French but the ingredients are undeniably local, with Angus and Herefordshire beef, smoked haddock, and grapefruit salads with roast chillies. An original starter might be dandelion leaves with a poached egg, bacon lardoons and croutons, or you may prefer the well-tried Burgundy snails baked in garlic butter.

Chez Gerard Covent Garden is a place for the cool cookies, modern, airconditioned, stylish and appealing to all.

Drawing on French influences from all over the globe from Morocco to Montreal, and embraces the Gallic inclination for all day brasserie dining.

Naturellement families and children are welcome at all times, and children have their own menus and a goody pack.

Here in Britain the influences may be French but the ingredients are undeniably local, with Angus and Herefordshire beef, smoked haddock, and grapefruit salads with roast chillies.

An original starter might be dandelion leaves with a poached egg, bacon lardoons and croutons, or you may prefer the well-tried Burgundy snails baked in garlic butter. A classic Niçoise salad with tuna, egg, new potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, red onions, olives and marinated anchovies is a meal in itself.

Chez Gerard, with splendid French insouciance, stops short of actually claiming the burger for its own, but has not hesitated to add its particular touch to the Chez Gerard burger, a 100% pure beef plain grilled 240gm beauty with a wide variety of additions and toppings, of which Moroccan chilli is but one.

Tajines may or may not have an echo of France's imperial past, who cares? From a choice of four the slowly cooked lamb with fresh herbs, cinnamon, ginger and rich spices is quite superb, perhaps supplemented by a Pastilla de legumes, though for me the saffron rice or couscous is all it takes.

Desserts follow much the same pattern, though the staunchly traditional trend is in marked contrast to the very up-front modern ambience. The answer, however, is to be found in the quality of both presentation and ingredients.

A Gallic leaning wine list offers some interesting options in the upper brackets, with very drinkable house wines at £11.95 and plenty of choice by the glass or that very French vessel, the carafe.

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French

: 11:00 - 23:00

Reservations: 020 7379 0666

The Opera Terrace, The Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF [Map]

£20.00    £40.00

£16.95 (2 courses) to £20.95 (3 courses)

£16.95 (2 courses) to £20.95 (3 courses), prix fixe

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

REVIEWS OF Chez Gerard - Covent Garden

Arvpita (15 January 2010)

I enjoyed my experience throughout. Food, table and the service were really good. I would go back again for a special occasion, business lunch and family dinner or to simply treat my wife. The menu had a lot to offer and had dishes of very good value and interesting selection, a bit for everyone. Wine - we ordered the Errazuriz 1870 Merlot from Chile which is reasonably priced. Food - my wife and I decided to share the Chateaubriand 18oz, it was cooked to perfection and ample for two to share. This comes with 3 different choices of sauces as well as maris piper potato frites, new potatoes or a side salad. We also ordered spinach and French beans. Dessert - we settled for the fruit sorbet as we were full from the meal. Service - the service was excellent, wine arrived within minutes, the food was served promptly, and the service was not intrusive. Cleanliness: the restaurant was clean from the entrance to the restaurant internally as well as the toilets which were checked very 15 minutes, there was a toilet checklist with signatures on the wall. Could not fault this restaurant at all!

Ben Cross (11 October 2009)

I've always loved this restaurant, not only for its fantastic location overlooking Covent Garden Market, but also for the consistently of great quality food. The staff always seem to be welcoming and giving good service without being servile. The bar is also quite a find, roomy, with skilful cocktail bartenders, a great champagne happy hour and a great terrace on the balcony for a smoke!

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