Covent Garden is always a favourite destination of ours in London, and with the discovery of French eatery Chez Antoinette, it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. Nestled in the lower levels of the market, this quaint little space aims to give customers a truly authentic French experience serving up a range of Lyon-style tartines (a fancy French open-faced sandwich if you will), soups, salads, pastries and cakes, all in the heart of the city.
The interiors are designed to feel like your grandmother’s living room, cosy and inviting, with a view into the open-plan kitchen allowing you to see all the food being prepared from scratch using only the best quality produce sourced from local suppliers. We started with a sharing plate of saucisson, duck pate, bread and pickles which we demolished almost as soon as it was placed on our table. This was followed by the soupe du jour, a rich and creamy mushroom soup topped with hazelnuts, a delicious winter warmer. We then moved on to the main event, the tartines, and we’re ashamed to say we practically ate every variation on the menu – yes, they were that good. Ranging from the traditional croque monsieur (a personal favourite which owner Aurelia explained took 2 months to perfect the recipe) to the goats cheese, acacia honey and blueberries, we were overwhelmed by the quality of food on offer at this petite French tartinerie. At this stage we felt we’d eaten enough food for most of Covent Garden, but felt it would be rude to decline Aurelia’s offer of pudding, so settled for a trio of lemon tart, gluten-free chocolate cake and apple crumble which was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
Whether you want a coffee and croissant, a quick lunch or a romantic date night, Chez Antoinette ticks all the boxes with reasonably priced food and wine. Next time you’re passing through Covent Garden, make sure you pop in.
30 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8RE | www.chezantoinette.co.uk