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La Poule Au Pot
French Restaurant
Today 12:00 – 11:00 pm
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231 Ebury St London SW1W 8UT United Kingdom
231 Ebury StGBGreater LondonLondonSW1W 8UT
+44 20 7730
French RestaurantToday 12:00 – 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 12:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 12:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 12:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 12:00 – 11:00 pmSaturday 12:00 – 11:00 pmSunday 12:00 – 10:00 pm
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Classic French bistro with dried flowers and curios, candlelit tables and outdoor terrace.- Google
People talk about coq au vin, onion tart, nooks and crannies, rustic french and french waiters
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Manuel Gomes
reviewed a month ago
Small family restaurant - "cute deco", but judging by the other restaurants maybe a little bit old fashioned but this worked for us... Being very a little bit French myself (even if not French born) and a very snobbish "foodie" I was very curious about the food - but the reviews and atmosphere comments made me book the restaurant for the night I proposed to my girlfriend... (I did not propose in the restaurant but we went there after). The service was cordial and pleasant – all the staff was French as expected and as I speak fluent French I had no issues with the menu being in French (found that quite cool as we were in a French restaurant). In a very French way the staff will check on you maybe once- but then let you enjoy the food without constantly checking if the food is OK or trying to oversell wine during your meal (bonus point on my books). The starters were to our view the down point of the meal - I had the snails and despite the fact they were "meaty" (as they should) they were not seasoned correctly - when you have a sauce that is basically butter, garlic and parsley you should not get it wrong - and by the way - I have eaten all my life snails- nd adult portion is a dozen (12) like the space on the plate - I got only 10 in this restaurant!! My fiancée had the salmon (Paupiette de saumon) - and on her own comments "not seasoned right - you make this much better" - if fact when I tasted it you could taste the crabmeat - but again under seasoned and too cold - not what you would expect. At this stage I was a bit worried - it is not a cheap restaurant - we had just got engaged and I wanted the meal to be special... so I waited for the main courses with some apprehension... For main course I had chosen the “Magret de canard aux foie gras poele” (Duck breast with cooked foie gras) and my fiancée the “Pintade aux pommes et au Calvados” (Guinea Fowl with apples and Calvados) – now here the explosion of flavours started! We asked for some green beans, spinach and sauté potatoes as side dishes The Duck breast was cooked pink as I requested (some restaurants refuse to do so in the UK), seasoned perfectly and the foie gras was cooked amazingly – a truly amazing culinary experience! The guinea Fowl was tender, yet perfectly off the bone and the sweetness of the apples and the generous Calvadosportion on the sauce made it truly extraordinary. The vegetables were seasoned right – cooked to perfection (no under cooked beans in this restaurant) and complimented the meal perfectly! I chose a red to go with our meal – the Vacqueyras 2010/11 went perfectly well with both dishes and complemented the rich sauces – as any wine in a UK restaurant was expensive (£35) – but that is a cross we have to bear in this country. After the generous portions we had on our starter and main course we were only able to share a dessert and e decided to go with a French classic – the crème brulee… and I am so pleased we did so! It was as a Crème brulee should b, but in a very generous portion! So very glad we shared as we were able to enjoy it much more this way. Overall a truly great meal – let down by the starters and if it would have not been the case I would have given this restaurant 5 starts!
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John Hatton
reviewed 6 months ago
Good atmosphere with dark lighting and rustic French theme. However a reunion dinner here in 2013, following a joyous first visit in 2001, did not live up to repeat expectations. Maybe all restaurants have become better since, or this one has declined, who can tell? Maybe Monday is not their best night? Whatever the reason, the garlic butter in which my snails were swimming was slightly watery and the bread for dipping ever so slightly stale. The rump steak was also not the best of its type, lacking flavour and texture. My companions had beef bourgignone which was flavoursome but dry. A highlight was the coq au vin which came in a decent rich sauce, slightly tangy which I like, but not to the taste of she who ordered it. The chicken fell off the bones as it should. The spinach was fresh but the green beans were overdone and soggy, while service was brusque in the style at which French restaurants seem to excel: rapid and decent but without particular attentiveness. Opportunities for fresh wine glasses, ice or another bottle were missed and had to be requested which meant that the courses were finished before the wine arrived. Maybe we drink too fast? In summary, 3 stars for "okay" but at almost 100 pounds per person it was neither exceptional quality nor good value. Rustic food at urban prices.
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Renay Pattinson
reviewed 10 months ago
We were recommended this restaurant as a romantic spot for good food, so we decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary by having lunch there. The interior of the restaurant is pokey and dark with dried flowers and plastic grapes for decor, small tables with fresh hydrangeas in small pots and brightly polished silverware. As we do not speak a word of French, we asked for the English menu. There is no such thing so our waiter shouted a translation out for us. It's hard to remember an entire menu so we ended up ordering what we had had recommended - steak, mustard sauce and chips with the house red to wash it down, along with chicken pate for starters and apple pie for dessert. The food was really good. The service was brash and unwelcoming. The house red is mixed with water for an average almost wine taste. It wasn't expensive (£23 for a 3 course lunch per person) and food arrives promptly (we were in and out within an hour). The toilets are down a near vertical climb of stairs, which you may want to bear in mind for the very young or very old.
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andy sharma
reviewed 5 months ago
Great place for some amazing french food. Atmosphere is perfect for you and your love to enjoy the perfect meal.
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Glen Dixon
reviewed 2 months ago
A proper French Restaurant with lovely food, lovely french wine and excellent service
duncan hanwell
reviewed 10 months ago
For me this is still London's most romantic restaurant. Perfectly positioned in Pimlico, the food may not be the best, the service is French, but it's a favourite haunt for lunch or dinner!