Celebratory Dinner at Le Garrick

When I found out that I had passed my masters, there was really only one thing for it – celebrations! Andy and I decided that a night out on the town was in order and in our books that means only one thing: a really good dinner, and where better to celebrate passing your French masters than one of London’s most authentic and delicious French restaurants? Le Garrick was calling our names!

We met at Brasserie Blanc in Covent Garden straight after Andy finished work for some celebratory bubbles. It seems to be my celebration place, as I met one of my best friends here when we both found out that we had jobs. 

They also happen to serve some of the best bellinis that I’ve ever had!

Le Garrick is just a short walk from Covent Garden square, and is tucked away on a corner. It looks very understated, both inside and out, and is classically French – I adored it! There are candles everywhere, and it’s a very romantic setting.

And it’s always a good sign that all the staff are French, and that you can hear French being spoken all around you. You know you’re onto a winner there!

I love candles on restaurant tables; it makes for such a wonderful setting, and it feels so special.

Whilst we perused the wonderful menu we sipped on a very delicious kir royal (champagne and crème de cassis – a kind of blackberry liqueur). It really was an evening of bubbles and celebrations! I love a good kir royal; they’re almost sweet and very luxurious. In France they’re a very traditional apéro, or aperitif – and when in Rome..!

// striped dress (bargain!) // feather necklace //
In full celebration of cheat day, we started with what was the most incredible fondue. 

Oh so cheesy, and oh so delicious.

And, of course, mopped up by delicious, authentic French bread!

There wasn’t a drop of cheese left by the time we had finished with this one! It’s a beautiful mix of cheese, white wine and chives; it’s glorious and a real must have when you go to Le Garrick.

As I was having fish and we had had cheese to start we enjoyed a beautiful Macon Charnay, which was lovely and buttery.

The time between starters and mains was just perfect – especially as we had quite a filling starter.

Andy opted for duck in orange sauce, which was wonderful. The duck was beautifully cooked and the orange sauce was very tasty without overpowering the duck. I have to admit to not being a fan of mash, but Andy said it was pretty good, but not as good as the duck – and so he proceeded to help me with my chips!

I went for my all time favourite: moules frites (mussels and chips) served in a cream and white wine sauce. The portion was huge! I don’t think I’ve ever had such a generous portion of moules before – and boy oh boy was I happy, because they were wonderful. In the whole portion, I didn’t find one dead mussel, which was excellent.

The fish itself was extremely tasty, and the sauce was perfect. Top tip: when you order this, you’ve got to dip your chips into the sauce. It’s just the best!

The chips were extremely fresh and piping hot when they came from the kitchen. Very crisp and perfect for dunking!

After our main courses, we toyed with the idea of pudding whilst enjoying our wine, and the beautiful surroundings.

We had an excellent table downstairs, where we were able to sit side by side instead of across from each other which was really lovely.

The table across from us were clearly on a first date – and I have to give it to them, what a restaurant to choose for your first date! If I were that woman, I would have been blown away by how romantic a setting my date had chosen.

And even for us non-first-daters, it was a beautifully romantic evening and setting.

In the end, after all the cheese, meat, fish and bread we decided we were far too full to contemplate pudding, which I regret a little as they have delicious looking chocolate desserts which are my all time favourite. But honestly, at the time, I couldn’t have eaten another thing!

So we sat and enjoyed the end of our wine and our lovely surroundings before heading home, through beautiful London at night.

If you’re looking for a romantic restaurant, or even a pre or post theatre meal, I’d highly recommend Le Garrick. The service is impeccable and the food is glorious – I know I’ll be returning when I’m missing French cuisine. I really did feel like I was back in France for an evening; Le Garrick truly is one of the most wonderful and romantic restaurants I’ve been to in London. 

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Our meal was complimentary but all opinions and photos are my own. 

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  • Le Garrick is incredibly romantic isn't it? Mussels are one of my favourites too!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • So romantic! We loved it! Ahhh you can't beat good seafood! xx

  • AdventureHan

    That meal is pretty much my idea of perfect. Gooey cheese and mussels? Yum!

    And congrats on passing your masters! x

  • It was OH so good! Thanks, Hannah! x

  • Awww what a lovely little nook to celebrate a happy occasion! Congratulations again. I love French food, and Le Garrick is very high on the London wishlist!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

  • I think it has to have been the best table in the house! French food is just incredible – I adore it! xx