Brasserie Les Amis
A classy, accomplished West End venue that feels and tastes instinctively French.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Brasserie Les Amis fells instinctively a lot more French than it has any right to, given its location. It’s a classy, accomplished proposition – clean lines, white tablecloths, playful use of mirrors to combat the limited space and an alluring deli counter. There’s none of the fabled Parisian aloofness here: the welcome is warm and friendly, the staff incredibly attentive and nothing is too much trouble. Dishes look the part too. A (perhaps slightly anonymous) lamb cutlet arrives on a disc of lentils, the whole lifted by a judicious drizzle of sharp, herby port jus. Brie and asparagus quiche is a rich blend of buttery pastry and soft cheesy filling countered by a sweet/sour red onion marmalade. Of the mains, onglet steak is compact but deliciously lean and accompanied by a lightly dressed salad that almost outshines the crisp, thick fries. Finish things off with a rhubarb crumble – served on a wide, flat dish, this is a delicate balance of caramelised and sugary crunch and tangy fruit.
- High point: Well curated and very reasonably priced wine list
- Low point: Very tempting to overdo it on the baguette
- Notable dish: Onglet steak with peppercorn sauce
- Private dining: Up to 12 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 42
- Largest group: 42
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £16 per bottle