Le Café Anglais
Friday lunchThe first thing you notice about Le Cafe Anglais is its open space, high ceilings and natural light - an uncommon ambience in many of today's restaurants. We chose the set menu and gave high marks to the white Gaspacho and our main course Rigatone. The house Cote de Rhone was excellent value and a worthy complement to the wild boar sauce with the pasta. Service was attentive and the price was right. We shall return!14/06/2013 00:00:00Excellent early dinnerAmongst the first to turn up on weekend evening, while staff were still in their pre-service meeting, we were still accommodated graciously and instantly. All staff were polite, professional and with just the right amount of friendliness. Food was of outstanding quality. They very deftly handled a special request from a teenager in our party who had particular likes/dislikes. Like the large, airy, spacious room, and very easy parking atop the Whiteley building. Drinks a bit pricey, especially those requiring nothing more than a pour. Overall another wonderful evening with truly outstanding food, such as: chicken quenelles with asparagus; sauteed scallops; roasted chicken with mushrooms; chocolate caramel tart; lemon tart.01/06/2013 00:00:00Another lunch at Cafe AnglaisA long overdue return to Cafe Anglais which was very much appreciated by my guest. Good selection on the lunch menu at competitive prices. A warm welcome on arrival and excellent service from a charming waitress. The wine list is always interesting and has wines to suit most pockets. Will not leave it so long before making a return visit.29/05/2013 00:00:00ExcellentTook my family for our father's 68th birthday really enjoyed the food and service.27/05/2013 00:00:00After a bad patch some monthsAfter a bad patch some months ago when new staff ruined the experience they are gone and the Cafe is back on form. Good ingredients impeccably cooked is what the place is about. Free of the chef's ego it keeps things simple. Layout and decor is a bit Heathrow terminal but the space available makes up for it and the odd naff touch. The family love it. Always at the top of their list for a night out. The bar and its different menu is more informal still with great seafood.27/05/2013 00:00:00Terrific!This has to be the best place in London for Sunday lunch. Wonderful light dining room on 1st floor of Whiteleys, great food, fluffiest Yorkshire Puddings in the world, delightful, non-intrusive entertainment in the shape of Nick the Magician, and then a walk in the park just up the road. Perfect Sunday.26/05/2013 00:00:00Always reliable and you knowAlways reliable and you know you will not be disappointed.The menu changes frequently and there is always an interesting choice.Good and unobtrusive service and wines by the glass or different sized carafes.25/05/2013 00:00:00I have been eating at CafeI have been eating at Cafe Anglais for a number of years. The food is always good and the service is excellent. Seating is great, especially the booths.12/05/2013 00:00:00Great ExpectationsI've followed Rowley Leigh's recipes for a long time in the FT and wanted to try the restaurant. A short break in London provided the opportunity and we were not disappointed. Great reception of prosecco and the signature parmesan custard and anchovy toast. We followed this with a predominantly fish selection which was delicious. We liked the way the restaurant was set out and the way you could see the food cooking on the rotisserie. Wines were very good and the service enthusiastic but not intrusive - we were meeting old friends and had a lot to talk about. Altogether a great experience which certainly met my expectations and our friends from Dublin were very impressed.07/05/2013 00:00:00Another great celebration mealThis is the third time we have celebrated a big birthday here. Why 3 times because we've never been let down. It's great for a snack or light lunch as well.03/05/2013 00:00:00A pleasant surpriseI'd never been before but when I stepped out of the lift I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. Great food, excellent service. I will definitely be going back again.22/04/2013 00:00:00Fabulous meet againWe took my nephew and stepson to the restaurant for a treat. My nephew, Joe, has being eating here since it first opened! It was as good as ever and my stepson,Ieuan, just loved it. The service was fabulous and the boys were made to feel special. Apparently we will be returning soon as they had such a good time! I am not sure I can afford it every week but will certainly return soon.20/04/2013 00:00:00Dinner with friendsFour of us. Arrived behind a group which made checking in the coats a bit slow downstairs. Efficiently shown to table and prompt attention and follow up from the waitress. Good selection of food which had something for each of us. Smooth service with good timing. Food was spot on. Faults - one G&T was in a glass with a chip (but fully replaced) and a tea got lost and needed chasing - all dealt with speedily. Table spacing was good, allowing easy conversation and the ambience and setting made for a good evening.12/04/2013 00:00:00What a nice lunchThe service was efficient but also very friendly, I loved the menu and could have chosen many things. The hors d'oeuvres remain as attractive as ever and they cooked my pigeon perfectly as requested.
This is a lovely place to dine.04/04/2013 00:00:00An alltime favouriteLunch at Le Cafe Anglais is always a treat. We were delighted that it was back on top form. Last time we came was between Christmas and New Year - and it wasn't quite as good as usual. But any restaurant can have an off day between
Christmas and New Year! We forgive you, Cafe Anglais! You are back to being our number one!01/04/2013 00:00:00Great food at Sunday LunchA last minute booking got us a table. The food proved to be excellent with the roast lamb and accompaniments was one of the best I have had in a long time!31/03/2013 00:00:00Great spot for lunch!The room was large and tables were discreetly spaced so that you could hold a discreet conversation without having to shout above other diners' conversations. Menu was interesting and varied. Food was excellently prepared. Service was professionally delivered. I'd definitely return for dinner!25/03/2013 00:00:00Always impressiveThree of us sat at the oyster bar but ordered off the main menu. The prime rib for two was divine. My pigeon was rich and so tender. Amazing service. You van tell the chef takes pride in his creations. Bravo!23/03/2013 00:00:00Best restaurant in LondonGreat menu beautifully cooked.
Nothing fussy just delicious.22/03/2013 00:00:00Saturday night outLovely evening, great atmosphere, would recommend. Really glad it was on Top Table as we booked at short notice.23/02/2013 00:00:00Worth a detour.Excellent food, service and wine. The menu is varied, and enabled a family of 5, including three children aged 10, 13 and 15 to choose a wide range of dishes, all of which were outstanding. Service was attentive and friendly yet professional, while the room was very attractive.15/02/2013 00:00:00The best chateaubriand andThe best chateaubriand and scallops I've had in years. The service is friendly and very efficient and the meal was absolutely delicious. We always have a wonderful time here.20/01/2013 16:00:00Awesome Experience!Took my wife there for our 4th wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed! Delicious food, wine and superb service! Will definitely be going back again.02/01/2013 16:00:00Leigh on formWe were two, and enjoyed our Christmas Eve lunch here. The food was first rate. A watercress soup, rich and savoury was followed by a hake dish tinged with garam masala which lifted the fish to new heights. The other main was a simple serving of roast ham on spinach and a silken creamy mash. Delicious.
We drank wines by the carafe, a red and a white, excellently chosen and good value. I have been a fan of Mr Leigh's book for many years - so many that I did not realise the book I bought on leaving was, in fact, a reprint! Well, a very welcome Christmas gift for someone.23/12/2012 16:00:00A great settingLovely openness to the restaurant with a variety of big and small tables. Food was very good slightly marred by too much Cayenne pepper in the Anchovy custard/Parmesan toast Hors d'Oeuvres. After a brief check with the kitchen the mistake was acknowledged and taken off the bill. All with a smile and swiftly rectified17/12/2012 16:00:00A stunning room and a veryA stunning room and a very pleasant experience overall.14/12/2012 16:00:00IncredibleLoved this place, really is a fab restaurant to go to when celebrating a special occasion (my parents came with my boyfriend and I to celebrate his new job), and the food just won't disappoint. I had oysters (all alive) followed by the risotto (because I was not in the mood for meat) and it was delicious. Everyone else had either fish and chips (outstanding, according to my father who considers himself the connoisseur), or fillet steak - also wonderful.
Great atmosphere (lively even on Monday night) and lovely servers.
Definitely recommend.26/11/2012 00:00:00Return to AnglaisOnce again Le Cafe Anglais was chosen for a dicreet business lunch. After a very warm welcome we were teated to excllent service and the food was even better than my last visit! We were in the company of society and famous people, so always good for people watching!19/11/2012 00:00:00The best, Rowley Leigh isThe best, Rowley Leigh is my favourite chef of all London. First Kensington Place and now Cafe Anglais. Always outstanding.11/11/2012 00:00:00Unusual and stylish with great foodI had never been to this smart art deco restaurant before and did not know what to expect. It seemed a bit vast and barn-like and I was a little put off initially. However, the food soon won me over. I had a delicious, nostalgic not to say very retro English meal - oysters, roast grouse and creme caramel - preceded by some fascinating hors d'oeuvre including a superb parmesan custard with anchovy toasts.
It wasn't cheap, however, at nearly £170 for three when all we had to drink was a bottle of fairly cheap rose but I will definitely be going again.15/10/2012 00:00:00Cafe Anglais: a family favouriteMy wife rates Cafe Anglais as 1 of her favourite places in London - good solid food, no big showy froths or skidmarks. We try to go at least once a year & this time took friends we regularly dine with for Sunday lunch. Have to say that this time the food did not quite reach its normal high standards: 1 risotto was sent back as underdone (replaced with no fuss), parmesan custards not as firm (were they beginning to split?) & 9 year old daughter felt pork scratching was "not as crispy & yorkshire pud not as good" as usual. On the plus side I had a good fish soup with accompaniements and a very nice roast partridge complete with shot! The Landlais Chicken also received good comments (and was a very large portion). Will be back07/10/2012 00:00:00Great chefWe are very loyal to chefs that we respect and Rowley Leigh is one of them. Le Café Anglais shows his confidence about his food philosophy. We have eaten at the restaurant many times and twice with large tables. The food is consistently good, the atmosphere is brilliant - large Parisian bistro style with ample room between tables and good lighting (how often does that happen). Service is equally good and consistent, sign of careful management.20/09/2012 16:00:00Good venue, great foodA beautiful room with large windows and superb design makes this room feel elegant and plush. Service was excellent. Great menu full of choice. My lemon sole was just under as it was quite thick, but rather that than overcooked. The watercress salad - was just a bowl of watercress that was very wet at the bottom - maybe some orange zest, or some radishes etc.,?
Pudding - Raspbery Souffle - Utterly divine.05/09/2012 00:00:00amazing grouse :-)The grouse was exceptionally good, I have never had such a tender and flavoursome game bird cooked pink. My only regret was to have only ordered one to share among the three of us. Next time I'll get one all for myself! other dishes merely adequate: oysters, linguini with crab and lamb salad all good but unremarkable compared to the grouse. One small gripe: Rowley marketed the Bungundy wine to accompany the grouse but did not have the proper Bungundy glasses in which to serve! in the end we made do with Syrah glass and a oaked Chadonnay glass... we all agreed glass shape influence the wine taste. hope they get the glasses in or next time I bring my own glasses.21/08/2012 00:00:00Once again Le Cafe AnglaisOnce again Le Cafe Anglais came up trumps for a family birthday dinner. Great table for six and even a small birthday cake. The eel and bacon starters were really good and the choice generally for starters was excellent. Most of us went for fish courses for main and everyone was pleased with their choice. Good wine list as ever with some very drinkable wines at reasonable cost by London standards. Service was a little slow this time but overall a great evening out29/06/2012 00:00:00They have introduced a fixedThey have introduced a fixed price Sunday Lunch menu which is good value and we would reccommend it.23/06/2012 16:00:00Great food and attractive room.We were very impressed by this restaurant. The menu was interesting and the food delicious, well-presented, and served in an uncluttered and attractive room. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Overall a really pleasant experience, and one that we will definitely repeat.20/05/2012 16:00:00As on previous occasions weAs on previous occasions we received a warm welcome and we were well looked after throughout our stay for Easter Monday Lunch. Excellent choices as usual and the wood pigeon from the rotisserie was particularly good. Certainly I would recommend Cafe Anglais as a lunchtime venue for friends and/or family.09/04/2012 00:00:00Le Cafe Anglais remeins oneLe Cafe Anglais remeins one of my favourite places in London. First, when will designers learn a few tips? Thanks to tables not overcrowded and bucnched up plus some soft surfaces, noise levels are low even when the place is full. Second, service is excellent AND unobtrusive, as it should be. Third, food is excellent & well-presentted , menus well balanced. Only negative point - some wine margins are eye-wateringly high.27/03/2012 16:00:00Me Café Anglais, London W2:Me Café Anglais, London W2: an attractive Art Deco space, attentive service and a good choice of fish,meat, vegetarian and rôtisserie dishes. Wines were somewhat overpriced. Overall, the food was not THAT special, not unusual or displaying great finesse. Everything well done yet somehow not quite up to expectations generated by the fame of Mr Leigh.26/03/2012 16:00:00As on previous occasions weAs on previous occasions we enjoyed our dinner visit to the Cafe Anglais in Queensway London. Smiles at reception always appreciated. Comfortable table with plenty of elbow room and attentive service. All four of us enjoyed our varied choices with one exception namely the veal kidney's were not pink and and tasted as though they had been left standing and for that reason I have marked the food score @ 8 rather than 9. Wines were excellent (White Rioja and red Barbera d'Alba)and reasonably priced08/03/2012 00:00:00Le Cafe Anglais in LondonLe Cafe Anglais in London is the perfect venue for a business lunch or dinner. Quiet but with enough buzz, the food was beyond excellent, the service was quick and efficient and I would definitely go back again. A lovely venue and very nice and light.20/02/2012 16:00:00