L'Escargot has quietly maintained an excellent reputation for serving high-quality food since it first opened in the 1920s. Among its awards it counts a Michelin star, and it is an enduringly popular venue for journalist lunches and client entertainment.
The Ground Floor Restaurant is elegant, not too large, and the tables are far enough apart to allow you to conduct a conversation without having to raise your voice or worry about being overheard. The walls are adorned with an impressive collection of prints of Miro, Matisse, Chagall and Warhol, which served as an excellent icebreaker for our new-business meeting.
We all opted for the set lunch menu and our guests were pleasantly surprised to see that it included a terrine of fois gras to start, as well as an excellent carpaccio of tuna with aged balsamic. The selection of mains was equally impressive.
The service was attentive without being intrusive and the sommelier was always on hand. At no stage did we feel rushed.
At £15 a head for two courses and £18 for three, L'Escargot is an excellent choice if you are looking to impress - without suggesting that your fees may be too high.
Where: 48 Greek Street, London W1 Contact: 020 7439 7474 How much: Set lunch £15 for two courses