Mt best friend is leaving to go travelling for 6 months next week and I am going out with him for a farewell dinner tomorrow night. Want a recommendation for a lovely restaurant serving good European food in central London (preferably west-end/covent garden area as best for both of us to meet up), don't want to break the bank, but happy to spend £40 each including bottle of wine. Not getting any inspiration from lastminute and toptable out of action.
Thanks for any suggestions
It's easy to spend much more than £40 in central London. One nice-ish place is Chez Gerard on top of Covent Garden itself. It's a chain, serving French food, but the food is pretty good, and I think it would be within your price range.
I can't think of anywhere "special" but I can think of reliable, always get good food: Cafe Emm/Flo (Emm is more special, Flo tends to be a bit plasticky these days) and of course you can't go wrong with Browns on St Martins Lane (especially if you have the overwhelming urge to drink Champagne as I always do!). You will probably push close to your £80 if you have a full meal at either of those, actually!
The Bleeding Heart restaurant is really nice, great atmosphere, trad french food, interesting slightly hidden away historic location.
Go upstairs rather than to the posher downstairs restaurant.
B;eeding Heart Yard, just behind Hatton Garden, so not right in the centre but not too far.
Criterion often have special deals, particularly if you eat early - food quite good and stunning interior nr Pic Circus (i think?).
Anchor & Crown nr Waterloo - wonderful, simple British pub food but mainly for carnivores, was gourmet pub of the yr or something similar .
Just thought of Rocket. It was down the back near Bond Street. I could look up exactly where. But it must be several years since we went there. I often sit watching the Fimbles thinking "Rocket used to mean a special night out in a relaxing restaurant to me!"
My favourite restaurant is Chez Bruce but its in Wandsworth by the common not in central london so is probably no good for you. Its worth the trip if you like french food, I had my wedding reception there too I liked it so much!
My fave is Blue Print Cafe - overlooking tower bridge - although not central london, not far off. Great view of river and bridge and nice relaxed atmosphere - very good food (Conran's first restaurant)