Cafe des Amis
We came to Cafe des Amis on a Monday evening in February and found it completely full, a remarkable achievement for any restaurant, but especially one as well-hidden as this. Yet it was not hard to see why Cafe des Amis has established itself as a firm favourite with London's theatre-goers.
This is smart brasserie fare at its most authentic, and its most comfortingly excessive. The crab cocktail was a knockout, mixing strong fishy flavours with crisp salad and a horseradish kick. Tuna steak was genuinely seared - frying flavours on the outside, sushi in the middle. Vegetables and sauces were unflashy, and full of bite and butter, and a selection of chocolate puddings were terrifyingly dark and luscious.
For those who have little experience of real French cooking, there will be some surprises in store. There are few restaurants in London that would have the confidence to produce a menu where half the dishes were cold, salads were slathered in a dressing so vinegary that it almost made your eyes water, and the fish tasted so very strongly of the sea.
This is the genuine article, and it tastes superb. Still, you might want to bring some mints if you're meeting people later.
Cafe des Amis is now open on Sundays, 11am till 4pm, serving a special brunch menu.
Cafe des Amis images
Cafe des Amis
Opening and closing times for Cafe des Amis
Today (Thursday) Cafe des Amis closes at 1.00
LondonTown.com - Cafe des Amis Location Map
Further articles featuring Cafe des Amis on LondonTown.com
Cafe des Amis 11 Hanover Place, WC2E 9JP Though the decor and prices are a good deal grander than in a typical Parisian bistro, and the service...
Cafe des Amis 11 Hanover Place, WC2 Best for Late-Night Dining Short autumn days encourage you to stay up later in the evening, the bright lights and warm...
Café des Amis French A favourite with the opera and theatre going public, this bistro happily strays from an all-French menu with Thai fishcakes, Malaysian...
With an exciting calendar of entertainment, 2015 is another special year in London. Find out what's happening throughout the capital with our thorough guide to the best 2015 London events.
Hotels near Cafe des Amis
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel from £90 36% off
Great Queen Street, WC2B | 3 minutes from Cafe des Amis
Well-equipped, comfortable rooms await guests to this elegantly modern hotel in the heart of Theatreland. Set yourself up for the day with a hearty breakfast or ... More
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel from £149 24% off
Aldwych, WC2B | 3 minutes from Cafe des Amis
Positioned between the City's Square Mile and the thriving West End, this grand, Edwardian Hilton hotel welcomes guests with a patisserie and champagne bar in the ... More
Also in Hanover Place
Our recommendations in the same street as Cafe des Amis
What's On Today
Near Cafe Des Amis
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017
Royal Opera House WC2E 9DD WC2E 9JP - 0 minute walk from Cafe Des Amis
A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More
Charles Petillon: Heartbeat
Exhibitions | Until 27th September 2015
Covent Garden Piazza 2 minutes walk from Cafe Des Amis
French artist Charles Petillon presents Heartbeat, his first public art installation and his first-ever live work outside of France. The ...More
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 16th January 2016
Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from Cafe Des Amis
One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More
The Prize for Illustration 2015: London Places & Spaces
Exhibitions | Until 6th September 2015
London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Cafe Des Amis
Selected by a panel of judges from over 1,000 submissions, these 100 shortlisted entries by illustrators and students of illustration ...More
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 4th June 2016
Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Cafe Des Amis
Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More
Theatre | Until 26th September 2015
The Donmar Warehouse 3 minutes walk from Cafe Des Amis
Artistic director of the Donmar is celebrating strong and interesting women with her 2015 theatre programme. The second half of ...More
Theatre | Until 13th February 2016
New London Theatre 3 minutes walk from Cafe Des Amis
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New ...More
Hotels near Cafe des Amis
From cheap budget places to stay to luxury 5 star suites see our special offers for Cafe des Amis hotels, including Kingsway Hall Hotel London from 81% off.