Mon Plaisir is London’s oldest French restaurants and has been family owned for more than 50 years. Established in the 40s, and reportedly a war time favourite of Charles De Gaulle it was acquired by Alain Lhermitte in 1972 who has continued the tradition of serving top quality authentic French cooking to this day.
Once just a single room, the Lhermitte family extended Mon Plaisir to four individually decorated rooms, but the original room remains almost unchanged evoking a feeling of travelling back to 1940s France to feast on traditional bistro classics such as Tartare de Boeuf coupé au Couteau £10.00 (Hand Cut Beef Tartare), Magret de Canard Rôti, farci aux Figues, Billes de Navets Glacés (Roast Breast of Duck stuffed Figs and served with Turnips) and Tarte Tatin Glace Vanille ou Crème Fraiche (Apple Tart Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream or Crème Fraiche), not to mention a substantial and well kept cheese board.
Located in the centre of the West End, near Covent Garden, Mon Plaisir is a treasure trove of little pieces of French history from artwork and artefacts to the famous bar which once resided in a Lyonnais brothel. With the charming Alain still a familiar figure on the restaurant floor, whilst his children run the establishment day to day, Mon Plaisir is one of a kind.