Easily my favourite restaurant in London after just one visit. But only as a treat, as this is fine dining to a tee.
L’Escargot is classic French cuisine, with a pristine dining area and plenty of private dining rooms upstairs (I like the look of the Picasso Room). Everything is polished and runs like clockwork here. And one cannot help but appreciate the statement art hanging on the walls by Miro and Chagall.
Choosing from this menu was incredibly difficult, as everything looked appetising. To start I had the beetroot and goats curd ravioli, toasted hazelnuts and honey dressing. Just look at that presentation - simple classic and vibrant in colour. This was an ideal starter, very light and left plenty of room for my main of pan fried scallops, caramelised cauliflower purée, golden raisins and saffron emulsion. Again a faultless presentation, with plenty of sauce to soak the scallops in (I could have done with maybe 1 or 2 more of the juicy scallops). The cauliflower puree complemented the caramelised scallops ever so perfectly. This was rich but without being heavy. And the wine, oh the wine! The French do fantastic white wine, which went down far too easily and went extremely well with my dishes.
I cannot wait to visit here again. If you ever want to impress a loved one then there couldn’t be a better place. The trouble with a lot of French restaurants is that they can be pretentious, but that’s the beauty of this place, you don’t feel out of your depth - perhaps only when the bill arrives. Anything you order will look and taste the crème de la crème.