Covent Garden in London’s West End is a must-see destination for anyone who likes shopping, going to theatre, restaurants & bars, enjoys history & culture. Among the several places to eat there, Chez Antoinette was the one I chose a few weeks ago to celebrate the first day of my kids’ Christmas holidays.
The french origin may have influenced my choice (can’t deny my own roots, even though I have proven on this blog being very open to Asian cuisine too :-)), but also the fact that my kids appreciate “simple” meals (children jargon to refer to things they like). This is what Antoinette cooked for them that day: a french classic and tasty food.
Today, DOYOUSPEAKLONDON invits you to discover Chez Antoinette, the “deliciously French cuisine” !
Covent Garden Restaurants
Covent Garden is the most vibrant place in London, especially at Christmas when all decorations are looking their best and the brands shine brightly to celebrate the end of the year.
There are many places to eat from breakfast to dinner, with a large choice of cuisine and specialties, from trendy to casual styles restaurants.
Depending on your personal or business context for going to Covent Garden and the time you have, there will always be one perfect place for you.
When we arrived that day after spending a couple of hours in the nearby National Gallery, my kids and I were hungry and eager to discover Chez Antoinette …
Located on the lower ground floor in Covent Garden, Chez Antoinette is easy to find. This is the most lively part of Covent Garden and every time I go there I can hear a talented opera singer drawing the attention of tourists and locals. Following their voice, you will naturally make your way to Antoinette’s restaurant!
Chez Antoinette opened in 2014 in Covent Garden and another branch, called Chez Antoinette French Restaurant & Bar, is set up in Victoria. Both are very central and will delight all food lovers.
As I said earlier, Chez Antoinette offers “simple” yet tasty meals.
If you have been to France, you know how much we care about eating well, and charcuterie and cheeses are part of our favorite menu options. Eating well starts with choosing the best ingredients. This is what Chez Antoinette’s co-owner Aurelia Noel-Delclos is precisely looking for : authenticity and quality in the ingredients, by selecting the best French and local suppliers.
We all chose “hot tartines” and were very happy to try this tasty and crispy hot bread with creamy vegetables on it! Simple yet effective: they put a smile on our faces!
My son also had a “soup of the day” with butternut and carrots, which he drank at once (while he usually rejects them at home! I would LOVE to hear what Antoinette puts in her secret recipe to gain the favor of soup-reluctant children!!!).
There are also salads, charcuterie and cheese boards on the menu, as well as the famous “croque-monsieur”.
We ordered Antoinette’s chocolate cake for dessert. Very traditional and quite good, but I assume there was a secret ingredient that made us think it was an original recipe from Antoinette. Could not recognize the singular flavour while there, but I might ask for it the next time I go …
This lunch we had Chez Antoinette was lovely. Part of it was due to the good quality of our meals and us consequently “feeling at home”. The other reason was for sure the kindness of the staff.
Very welcoming, always helpful and smiling, this team was a pleasure to talk to about THE (Grandma) Antoinette, who inspired this restaurant and whose pictures are on all walls inside the restaurant, creating a relaxed family atmosphere.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found inspiration here. If you are planning to eat Chez Antoinette soon, please share your experience and opinion on DOYOUSPEAKLONDON’s blog!
To go further:
Chez Antoinette Covent Garden: 30 The Market, Lower Piazza, WC2E 8RE
Chez Antoinette French Restaurant & bar Victoria: 22 Palmer Street (The Caxton), SW1H 0PH