Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

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As I write this our Notting Hill flat is the cleanest it has ever been following the descent by a team of Polish cleaners to get things ready for handing over the keys to the landlord.  This is the last day for MTV boyfriend and me as residents of London before we set off for three months of traveling through France, Greece, Nepal, India and Hong Kong.  Travel tips welcome.

Crème Brûlée by Le Relais hand modeling by Amy

The last few weeks have been pretty manic packing up everything to relocate continents but I have also managed to visit some new London restaurants along with old favourites so there are a few more London posts still to come.  One of the old favourites I could not resist visiting with my lovely girlfriends Anna, Amy, Alex, Adina, Alina and Chantal (we call them “The A’s” for obvious reasons) was Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte in Marylebone.  I was excited when the famous Parisian chain first opened its doors in London and have gone back regularly since to get my taste of steak frites.

The token salad

Le Relais looks exactly like its Parisian brethren with a classic French bistro fit out right down to the wooden panelling, brass railings, mirrors and waitresses in French maid style outfits.  There are no bookings so there is inevitably a queue but once you are seated things move pretty fast with the only choice being how you want your steak cooked (and even then I am not sure they would tolerate someone asking for well done) and whether you want wine.

The main deal – steak, frites and red wine

A token green salad with lashings of  mustard vinaigrette and walnuts is served first then comes the steak and frites.  The steak is served slice and slathered in Le Relais secret sauce which is a slight twist on a Hollondaise.  It’s not Hawksmoor or Goodman quality steak but it is pretty good particularly for the price of £21 for the two courses.  There are two servings of the steak per person ensuring that everyone gets their protein hit for the day.

The amazing Vacherin

If you have room, and lets face it, most people won’t, the desserts trolley is excellent at Le Relais and worth investing in.  Particularly Le Vacherin (£4.95) an amazing confection of chocolate, meringue and cream or of course the classic crème brûlée (£4.55).

Le Relais has mastered the fast food approach to fine dining and while  I am generally not a fan of fast food or chain restaurants, but I have to admit I am prepared to make an exception for Le Relais steak frites.  I look forward to indulging more in France.

Essentials
Details: Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, 120 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QG (+44 (0)20 7486 0878) Tube: Baker Street
Damage: Reasonable
7/10
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10 comments

  1. I have a mega list of recommendations for Hong Kong if you want ’em.

  2. I haven’t been for ages, but always love this place (although the queues can be a turn off). Have a fabulous holiday. Sunset Tavern in Amoudia is the other tip I meant to give you for Santorini (blog post coming soon, promise!)

  3. God, I love this place. I agree with you, fast food places are usually not my thing but in this case, dining being stripped off everything unnecessary and what remains is bliss, it works. Happy travel!

  4. wow it all looks delicious. and that dessert looks heavenly xx

  5. I’d forgotten that there was also a branch in London. The Hungry One will be bouncing off the walls when he finds this out. He lined up for an hour and a half in Bordeaux to get a taste of that sauce. Steak, sauce, frites- he’s a happy man. Can’t wait to read about the travels. Stay safe!

  6. I love the look of this meal speacially the desert! Nice to meet you even if it was briefly. R

  7. I have wanted to visit this place for so long now, but the queueing situation really puts me off it. I will make sure to try it now. Hope you are enjoying your holidays!

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  8. Huge fan of the Paris one…especially the one on Rue St Benoit. Less waiting and better people watching:) I agree, it’s pretty much the same story. That steak sauce is delish and tastes exactly like the original! Oh and the profiterolles! x LZ

  9. Lizzie – That would be great – am looking forward to that part of the trip

    Greedy Diva – Am looking forward to the Santorini post – then I can just copy your holiday perfectly…

    Ute – Thanks Ute

    Eden Angel – It was

    Tori – Hope the Hungry One enjoys it

    Rosana – You too.

    London Foodie – I hate queuing as well but in this case it does not take too long

    Emily – Always better people watching in Paris!

  10. Oh you’re coming past Hong Kong too !

    I hope I’ll be back to there too from Australia : )

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