L’Escargot, London’s oldest French restaurant dating back to 1927, has undergone a massive refurb for the 21st century and now has new owners, a new menu, a talented young chef and a welcoming Maitre D’.
New owners are Laurence Isaacson who co-founded the Chez Gerard group and Brian Clivaz whose CV boasts the all-day dining concept at the re-launched Mayfair Arts Club. The new and seasonally changing menu highlights classic French bourgeois dishes and in the interest of egalitarianism and cross-channel relations, it features snails from both France and England!
Starters include Classic marbled foie gras terrine and Spicy crab toast with Asian spices and mains feature Steak-Frites, Coq au vin and Confit de canard. The kitchen team is headed up by Oliver Lesnik who trained for many years with Michel Bourdin at The Connaught and has worked for Jean-Christopher Novelli and Angela Hartnett. Maitre D’ is David Seccombe, who will choose an exceptional wine every day to be available by the glass and carafe at ‘a ridiculously low price’ and before you ask, wines start at just £18 a bottle.
Upstairs is a warren of rooms, many of which are for private dining and some of which will house an exclusive members’ club opening later this year with food and drink available at all hours and membership priced at £365 – or £1 per day. If you don’t already know the owners, make sure you get acquainted as membership is purely at their discretion!