With an evening to spend in London in transit from Scotland home to California, we went to Le Relais de Venise, mostly out of curiosity. I am glad we did.
For those not familiar, all Le Relais serves is steak frites, accompanied by a lettuce salad. The only choice a diner has to make (other than for wine and dessert) is how their steak should done. The choices are blue, rare, medium or well.
Service is brisk and efficient. The salad (topped with crushed walnuts and in a mustardy vinagrette) is served promptly and with several pieces of baguette. The steak, which is served in 2 portions, is served thinly sliced and covered in Le Relais' famous green (peppercorn?) sauce. The initial serving of frites is ample.
While the first portion of steak is sizable, when it is finished diners are given a second, slightly smaller portion, along with a refill of frites. The food is plentiful.
For a meal that is 24 pounds, I was not expecting a steak on the level of Peter Luger's in New York City. But the steak was fork tender and I was pleased with how it tasted. The frites were very good.
We had the house Bordeaux, which is 18.50 pounds and was fine. For dessert, we shared an order of profiteroles, which were covered in a very good chocolate sauce.
The dining room is pleasant and was filled on a Monday night. I would be happy to return again some time.