Covent Garden is more known for cheaper eats and big chains than anything fancy really unless you can get into The Ivy, (when it reopens) But they are perfect for your pre theatre meal. Quick, cheap and easy. And having booked Lion King tickets for the in laws while they were in town, we were trying to look for something that was sophisticated and glam without the hefty price tag. Then it came to me, Christopher’s Grill. Set in a beautiful building right opposite the Lion King, so perfect location. It had undergone a huge refurb back in 2013, and hasn’t lost any of it’s charm and sparkle since. I booked a few days before our show and luckily secured a round table for four.
On arrival and check in of our coats, we were taken to the dining room upstairs. There is a huge grand spiral staircase that whisks you away to an era almost forgotten. Then the dining room appears and the top and it’s the perfect combination of modern and elegance. It also doesn’t have this pretentious feeling, which some restaurants can have of this style and heritage. Christopher’s makes you feel right at home. Our waiter for the evening was marvellous, great smile, attentive but not overly so. And we were offered the pre theatre menu as well as the standard menu. We decided to opt for the Pre theatre as we didn’t have too long before the show. Two courses for £16 and three courses for £22 a bloody bargain in my mind. With a bottle of fizz for the four of us and a cheeky glass of wine or two 😉
A couple of of us had the Chicken liver Parfait to start, which I had a sneaky taste of and it was delicious. It was served with quince jelly which was a delightful sharp and sweet accompaniment with the parfait. The rest of us went for Buffalo Mozzarella with colourful beets and drizzled with pesto. Being a big pesto fan I was in heaven. All the portion sizes as you can see from the pics are very generous.
For main I had the roast leg of duck, something I can never turn down on a menu when I see it, it was super tender and full of flavour, I was melting in my chair. Two of us had Steak, which I didn’t get a chance to taste but being a grill the other half couldn’t turn it down. He was very impressed. And roast potatoes were really tasty too. Lastly dad went for a creedy carver chicken, which I got a little food envy over. It has asparagus tips and a butter bean emulsion that I could eat all day long. Service was quick and again all portion sizes were fantastic. All in all a great pre theatre meal.
I think the in laws were very surprised for the quality and the location, the food was incredible. All that for such a small price, there must be a catch right? Nope, no catch, this place is a gem. You’d spend more money in a Byron or Pizza Express with two courses. So why not upgrade to something more swish the next time you’re in the Covent Garden area. Christopher’s is truly a wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle from the streets below. That and the incredible location next to the theatres makes it an all round winner. A triumph in Theatre-land. I’ll be back very soon, and without the theatre this time