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Le Deuxième

65a Long Acre, London WC2E 9JH
Tel: 020 7379 0033

Le Deuxième is a very chic establishment offering a relaxed and convivial atmosphere for its patrons. The dining room has a contemporary feel with its glass walls, subdued lighting, and an elegant white and beige interior. The tables are well spaced with crisp white linen and sparkling cutlery, whilst the service is professional without being intrusive.

The menu is European with a good selection of fish and seafood throughout. My starter, Escargots Bourguignon, was well flavoured - heavy on the garlic, and with a good, chewy bite. I tried an accompanying glass of Semillon, which was rich and full bodied. My guest’s pan-fried foie gras with raisin and walnut bread and caramelised shallots scored very high marks indeed. He selected a glass of dessert wine that is so well suited to foie gras, a Chateau La Tomaze, 2002, with its strong flavours and ability to cut through the richness of the dish.

To follow, I tried the noisette of lamb with grilled kidney, puree of roasted sweet potato and mint and parsley gremolata. The lamb was sweet, fresh and tender with a minty flavour and served with a rich gravy. All the flavours on the plate were complimentary, including my side order of sautéed spinach and Petit Pois a la Française. My guest selected a char grilled rib eye of Scotch beef with pommes frites and béarnaise sauce, ordering it medium/rare. It was perfectly cooked, the meat being tender and well flavoured. To drink, we tried a bottle of Burgundy from Santenay, 2002, which was an excellent example of a fine vintage. It was full bodied with complex tannin overtones.

To finish, I tried the lemon tart with crème fraiche, which was sharp with intense flavours and very, very good - the crème fraiche offsetting the intensity of the tart. My guest is predictable when it comes to puddings; he likes only crème brûlée and the plainer the better - if it has accompanying fruit or sauces he’s just not interested! Happily for him it was of the plain variety and it came in with very high marks.

Le Deuxième is the sister restaurant of the much acclaimed Le Café du Jardin. It is right around the corner from The Royal Opera House and Covent Garden itself, making it perfectly located for a theatre outing or pre/post evening at the opera or ballet.

Louise Elgin. May 2006

A three-course dinner with wine and water is about £100 for two.

Set menus are available daily for lunch or pre/post theatre 2 courses & coffee £10.95 3 courses & coffee £14.50

Le Deuxième, 65a Long Acre, London WC2E 9JH
Tel: 020 7379 0033 Open 7 days

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