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Wanted: A quiet but inexpensive restaurant in central London


#1

I go to London sometimes to have a meal with old friends, but on the last two or three occasions normal conversation has been impossible because of the noise. Does anyone know of somewhere that is usually quiet?


#2

Interesting question - do you have a preferred general location and/or cuisine style (and budget) to help narrow down the options?


#3

Preferably in the West End, around £30, any type of cuisine.


#4

Try and avoid peak Thursday and Friday evenings, and book a table early for 6pm and most restaurants will be quiet if you avoid those with pre theatre trade. You might enjoy here, it’s a huge restaurant, and always has a nice buzzy atmosphere but it isn’t ever too loud or boisterous. It is also exceptional value for Central London, with plenty of choice on the a la carte, as well as set menus and the service is super.


#5

The perfect Lodon restaurant for conversation must be Gauthier Soho, http://www.gauthiersoho.co.uk, just across Shaftesbury avenue from Chinatown. Modern French food but with great English ingredients Ring the doorbell and once inside, the noise of London disappears. A townhouse with small dining rooms, for groups of 6 or more book a private room. We were there yesterday for my wife’s birthday. The de luxe lunch is a real bargain including a glass of Deutz and 2 glasses of still wine, always beautifully matched to stunning food, plus canapes, coffee and petit fours. Or push the boat out and go for the tasting menu which currently includes a superb truffle risotto. 2 excellent sommeliers compliment great service. Yesterday wines included a Faleria (trebbiano, pecorino, and passerina), a Chave Mon Coeur and a late harvest sweet grenache noir, Carabos ‘promenade en Novembre’ perfect with dark chocolate tart. Every day it snows in London they are discounting gift cards by 25% use code SNOWWHITE.


#6

Thanks very much, Chris. I shall put Brasserie Zedel on my list.


#7

Thanks, Kent…wino, this sounds great!


#8

There are a few other suggestions here you may find useful:


#9

How do I not know this place?! Looks great, thanks for sharing.