Not many restaurants are named after the co-owner’s mother in law but Margot, Covent Garden isn’t your average place. Located on Great Queen Street away from the crowds, it’s in a handsome stone building. The brainchild of Paulo de Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën, it specializes in authentic, seasonal Italian cuisine.
As soon as we walked in, we noticed the friendly vibe and stylish decor. Designed by Fabled Studio, it’s a pleasing combination of circular shapes and subtle blue-green tones.
You know the nursery rhyme, “10 Green Bottles hanging on the wall”? Well here, there are a whole host of bottles adorning the staircase that leads down to the private dining room and bar.
We were invited to sample Margot’s recently launched Italian brunch and regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of brunch. With unusual dishes like Italian lemon crepes with wild berries and mascarpone and fried eggs with burrata and finocchiona Toscana salami, it’s a welcome change from the usual brunch offerings. You might notice the daschund breadstick holder, a tribute to the original Margot who was much shorter than her husband and affectionately nicknamed dachshund by him! We kicked off our brunch with a couple of signature non-alcoholic cocktails recommended by our friendly waiter. Mine was Felicitá, a lovely combination of mixed berries, cranberry juice, pomegranate and lemon. Paul really enjoyed his Mr. Greene cocktail with cucumber juice, apple, agave syrup and lime.
Our waiter brought us a great selection of fresh bread from which to choose including foccacia and wholemeal bread. There’s definitely a sense of theatre appropriate to Theatreland at Margot, Covent Garden from the unveiling of the bread to the mixing of the drinks by the cheerful barmen.
For his brunch dish, Paul went for the poached eggs on tomato and avocado bruschetta with crispy pancetta, or as they say in Italy, uova in camicia. All the eggs at Margot are free-range, and you can definitely taste the difference. The softness of the egg and avocado contrasted well with the crispy pancetta and sourdough toast.
To go with our brunch dishes, a signature cocktail was a must! The Padua Piccante Aperol is an intriguing mix of red chili pepper, passion fruit, peach liqueur, lime and apple juice. Now, chili might sound a bit overpowering but it works surprisingly well here.
We also enjoyed a healthy side dish of sautéed mixed mushrooms.
To finish in style, Paul chose the torta del giorno aka cake of the day. This was carrot cake and beautifully adorned with piped cream and fresh mint.
My personal favourite though was the chocolate bomb, which isn’t currently on the menu but if you go and ask nicely, you never know! Brunch at Margot, Covent Garden is available on weekends between 12 noon and 4 pm and a great option if you’re looking for high quality food with fantastic service in the heart of town.
Which would be your favourite dish?
Margot, 45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AA