Terroirs, 5 William IV Street, Covent Garden, WC2N 4DW

Drumroll….well, ladies, I have found our new best place ever for after-work dinner that isn’t expensive, serves amazing food and lovely wine, and will let us chat and mange to our heart’s content!   Love, love, love Terroirs!

I’d heard great things about Terroirs and The London Foodie suggested it as a good place to have cheap food in central London, so I went along for dinner last night with friends and fellow wine-lovers Giavanna and Tallulah* (and well done Terroirs for allowing reservations – bad Wahaca/Polpo etc).  I loved the rustic, arty, chilled French atmosphere – with people eating at the bar and the cute table settings.  It felt friendly, cosy and relaxed – perfect. 

After-work dinner with my girlfriends is always tricky.  Everyone is always skint and/or trying to lose weight, so you need somewhere cheap and healthy.  Add to this the fact that someone is always late (sorry guys) and we’ll be so busy gossiping that we need at least an hour of chat before ordering, and we need relaxed service that won’t hurry us.

Terroirs ticked all these boxes.  The menu is French tapas-style which I’m a huge fan of – there’s nothing better than sharing food with friends and chatting about how it tastes, a real bonding experience.  We ordered 4 cold/warm tapas and 1 larger hot plate between 3.  We started with the duck rillettes; endive, gorgonzola & spiced walnut salad; snails, bacon garlic & parsley and king prawns a la plancha.  

Duck rillettes – delicate, gamey, fatty, nom nom, pass the baguette.   And guerkins!  I love guerkins!!!

Snails and bacon – salty, garlicky, earthy, squishy yumminess and endive, walnut and gorgonzola salad – a classic that I always love, but this was especially good due to the strong runny cheese and herby salad dressing.

King prawns a la plancha – meaty, melt in mouthy, sweet and lovely sauce. 

For apres, we really stuck to our diet plans and ordered the bavette steak.  Oops… Anyway, it was really lovely – pink, tender beef and juicy roast potatoes on a bed of shallots.  My only complaint was that I could have eaten more of it, and not sure about the crouton thingies that came with it. 

As expected in a French place, the wine list is great.  I liked how you could order a 500cl bottle (like, pretty much half a bottle really and totally acceptable for a detox school night) – we tried the Jurancon which was really nice, but next time I’d like to ask their recommendations for what wine to try with the food.

Oh yeah and then we had a bitter chocolate pot for pud.  We are soooo good at sticking to our healthy eating plans.  It was yummy – sticky, soft and rich. 

I think you’ve got that I love this place, right?  Well then the bill came and all this lovely wine and food came to £72 including service or £24 each!!!! It was at this moment that I decided to come back here every week and eat my way through the wine list and menu until the buttons pop off my jeans.  We’re definitely going back on a Friday for a wine and cheese fest for a start. 

I’ve eaten some pretty terrible meals round the corner for far more, so we really couldn’t believe what great value this place was.  Only downsides?  Not sure Lady B would find enough veggie food on the menu – but this is pretty typical of French places, oh and you might have to book a table in advance for peak times, but what do you expect for this sort of value.  I’d also probably order one more tapas plate to fill me up. 

* names changed to protect anonymity and ensure no diet and detox plans were strictly broken, ahem

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7 responses to “Terroirs, 5 William IV Street, Covent Garden, WC2N 4DW

  1. I am so glad you enjoyed Terroirs, it is by far my FAVOURITE place in Central London – I love the rillettes, and the snails, the cheeses are also fantastic and so are the duck scratchings! If you go with one or max 2 friends only, I recommend sitting at their zinc bar and watching the action at the kitchen and bar, I find it so fascinating I hardly make any conversation with Dr G!!

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  2. Sounds great, will def add that to my list of places to try. Dinners for me in London are normally rapid as bound to be heading for the train back to Grantham. Not keen on this no reservations trend, so good to see them keeping to the old fashioned booking routine.

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  4. I’ve got that U love this place, but, have u liked it so much that you decided to come back here every week !!

    • Sadly not been back every week because (i) currently a bit skint; and (ii) due to writing a blog and reading other blogs I now have a million and one other restos in London that I want to try – sigh 🙂

      Like your site – I should be taking my mum to Covent Garden for opera this year so will have a look for pre-opera venues!

      Sasha @ The Happiness Project London

  5. You can always expect great wine list in a French place, I liked how you could order a 500cl bottle (like, pretty much half a bottle really and totally acceptable for a detox school night).

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