Henrietta Bistro Covent Garden Review: It was a friends birthday, so she had selected the Henrietta Bistro Covent Garden for lunch. The cute little restaurant is inside the Henrietta Hotel on Henrietta Street. If you’re searching for places to eat lunch in Covent Garden or a French Bistro in WC2, this might be right for you.
“Chef Valentin Pouzet takes inspiration from Southwest France, Corsica and the Basque Country to deliver fun and colourful small plates in this cute, cosy bistro. Order a couple of cocktails and sample one of the exclusive cognacs while you’re there and you may never want to leave,” Homegirl London
Henrietta Bistro Covent Garden Lunch Menu
The lunch menu features small plates, and you need to order about three between two, then you still have room for dessert! Also, check the small specials board before making your final decision. We shared the Sourdough Bread with Espelette Butter, Espelette is a French pepper in case you were wondering. The basket contains three pieces of bread which were just as well because we were a party of three!
Sourdough Bread with Espelette Butter
From the nibbles collection, my favourite was the Vegetable Fritters and Coconut Zhoug. These were small, but we had plenty on the plate. I ate quite a few, I must admit! Other nibbles included Marinated Olives, Mimolette (cheese produced in Lille, France) and Ham Croquettes, Ibaiama Saucisson (thick dry-cured French sausage) and Guindilla (Spanish chilli from Basque region).
Vegetable Fritters and Coconut Zhoug
We selected an Avocado dish from the specials was in a sauce which I can’t remember what it was, perhaps pumpkin but it tasted lovely. The avocado half was turned upside down and sat in the sauce with a sprinkling of seeds and garnish. I should have paid more attention to what I was eating, but I was gossiping instead and wasn’t in the mood for multi-tasking today!
The Burrata with Freeze Dried Strawberries and Basil was something different. The creamy burrata had a coating of bright red strawberry dust over the top and sat in a green basil sauce. It looked weird, a bit like alien food but tasted rather nice and it didn’t last very long. Other vegetarian options included Freekeh Salad with Pomegranate, Puy Green Lentil Salad with Pickled Carrots and Jalapeno and Grilled Hispi Cabbage with Puffed Quinoa and Black Garlic.
Burrata with Freeze Dried Strawberries and Basil
The meat-eaters ordered the Mangalitsa Pork (heritage breed of pig) with Smoked Paprika Cream. They said it was delicious, but I’ll have to take their word for it. Other meat options were Chorizo in a Tomato Sauce with Soft Egg and Feta, Grilled Basque Rib-Eye Steak, Smoked Beef Tartare and Beef Burger. We didn’t try the fish dishes, but they did sound interesting. Grilled Mackerel with Hummus and Pickled Fennel and the Sea Bream Ceviche with Goji Berries would have been perfect for fish fans.
We were smart because we had left room for dessert. Being a trio, we ordered three desserts to share. The Warm Chocolate Mousse with Whiskey Ice Cream was the winner. The Lemon Meringue Tart was too cute, and the Almond and Blood Orange Sorbet melted in the mouth.
To give you the idea of price points the nibbles are £3.50-7, vegetable dishes £9-12, fish options £10-15, meat plates £10-36 and desserts £8. The cocktail list is impressive as is the book of cognacs, if you are partial to a glass of brandy or two, you will be in for a real treat here.
Henrietta Bistro Covent Garden Interiors
Restaurant Bar Area
When we arrived at the hotel, the exterior had beautiful flowers covering the building, which was pretty. Inside through the door and to the right, you will see a bar. The dining space in towards the back with an open kitchen. The layout is intimate with curvy, comfy chairs and enough space in between your neighbours for privacy. The décor is simple, and the interiors have an enchanting bistro feel.
Henrietta Bistro Covent Garden Information
To find out more, go to the Henrietta Hotel Website. The address is 14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH. The nearest stations are Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Leicester Square. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch is between 12 noon and 2.30 pm. Check the website for current opening times. The restaurant is small, so book a table to avoid disappointment. Enjoy your meal, cocktails and cognac!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Wolfie and Chris for inviting me.