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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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French cuisine through and through

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Service charge

Open almost any book on Soho and this near-century-old institution probably gets several paragraphs. Occupying a fine Georgian townhouse once home to the Duke of Portland, its black-painted frontage is surmounted by a giant snail above which fly the French Tricolor and the Union Flag. The menu is based on bourgeois French cuisine, although not all is recognisably so, as the grilled pork cutlet with papaya testifies. Expect a warming celeriac and truffle soup starter, then a main of duck confit, rainbow chard, chilli and ginger, or lobster thermidor. Oh yes, and snails. For dessert, try pear-based tarte Bourdaloue.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 11
  • Lunch served until: 4
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 11.30


  • Chef(s): James Tyrrell

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French, Mediterranean
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 80
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 4
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Chinatown, on street parking

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60

Getting here

Nearest train station

Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square
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