An Authentic Taste of Italy at Margot

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.

Margot in Covent Garden
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.

Margot restaurant, Covent GardenYou 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.

Margot review - Covent Garden
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.

Cocktails at Margot, London
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.

Bread at Margot, London
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.

Brunch at Margot, Covent GardenTo 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.

Drinks at Margot London
We also enjoyed a healthy side dish of sautéed mixed mushrooms.

Sides at Margot, Covent GardenThey went perfectly with my quiche with Swiss chard, fontina cheese, mixed herbs and pumpkin cream. The pastry was crisp and the flavour of the cheese really shone through.

Food at Margot, London
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. 

Margot LondonMy 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

Dessert at Margot, Covent Garden

  • I’ve heard some great things about Margot and your brunch looks delicious!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Okayyyyy HOW did I not know about this place?! It looks DIVINE – both the food and the decor! Such a great location in central too, another one to drag Ben to haha! 🙂

    Hayley xo

    • The location couldn’t be better, and as for the food, it’s something to write home about!

  • Yum!! Lemon crepes with berries, and such delish non intoxicating drinks! The chocolate bomb! Such stylish decor, too. Count me in , next time I travel near there !
    X , Elle

    • It’s nice to find really tasty non-alcoholic drinks, I must say. As for the chocolate bomb, they should definitely keep it on the menu permanently 😉

  • Oh wow Suze you have my mouth watering over every picture! I’m only sad that it’s 11:30pm and a little took late to try and re-create the uova in camicia! The chocolate bomb looks out of this world too – I may need to pop in for that alone!

  • Oh that chocolate bomb looks to die-for! Margot sounds like a restaurant to keep in mind — when we visit London next :-).

    • We really loved the chocolate bomb, I certainly hope it becomes a permanent fixture on the menu! Hope you get to visit London soon and to experience it!

  • I love London, beautiful pictures! That cocktail!!!

  • The food at Margot looks absolutely delicious, as do the cocktails! I would have definitely like to have the uova in camica for breakfast this morning!

  • Wow, the food looks absolutely amazing! I’m in awe of that delicious looking chocolate bomb! Beautiful photos!

  • Ellie Adams

    Oh my goodness, this food looks absolutely incredible Suze. You always go for the best desserts!!


  • That chocolate bomb looks so delicious, I can’t believe it is not on the menu full time!

    Ash | Liakada

  • Lovely ambience and the food looks absolutely delicious especially the chocolate bomb 🙂

    Miriam xx

  • We can only dream to have a mother in law so inspiring that you name a delicious, DELICIOUS Italian restaurant after her! That crispy pancetta looks unreal, it’s amazing how delicate and glossy it looks – I can practically taste it from here. x

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  • From that first photo to the last, I am sold! This place is like paradise for foodies.

  • Lucy

    The dessert picture instantly had my attention wow. Italian is an absolute favourite and I have only found a few in London true to their roots. I have tried a good twenty and can only rate two, this one I haven’t tried but looking at the food it is on the list Lucy x

  • What an amazing place! The food look so good! Enjoy the new week!