Café Luc is a new venture by seasoned restaurateur Luc van Oostende that has opened with the aim of becoming a local favourite amongst the impossibly discerning residents of Marylebone. And it’s not as if they haven’t got a fair few quality restaurants to choose from already.
However, going against the grain of restaurant fashion, this is no jumped up gastro-pub, but a proper restaurant designed to provide an any-occasion restaurant with a touch of glamour that the locals are no doubt used to in their own homes. The beautifully renovated Victorian property certainly looks the part. The dark hardwood floor, waxed Celadon coloured walls with bronze angle trims, leather banquettes and discreet mirrors create a characterful 1930’s French brasserie style room, whilst the glass atrium style roof creates a light and airy feel. The result is a vibrant, friendly dining room and bar which is equally suited for its various menus, from breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea to dinner.
The immensely appealing menu is inspired by the grand cafés of Europe. Starters include classics such as Crab tian and stunning Steak tartare prepared to perfection at your table; probably best avoided, though, are the Shrimp croquettes, which are far too pungent to be enjoyable. Main courses include a good dish of Sea Bream with onion compote which is a little let down by overly sharp tasting olives; and a beautifully cooked and tasty Fillet steak with some lovely crisp and fluffy chips. Desserts include Apple tart and a chocolate lovers paradise in the form of a Chocolate pot that comes accompanied by a side of dark chocolate sauce!
Prices are reasonable for the healthy portions, with starters at around £8 and mains around £17.50. However, they’ve also got a ridiculously cheap 3-course set menu that actually features dishes that one would actually want to eat for just £15.50.
Value: 3/5 (5/5 for the set menu)
Cuisine type: French brasserie
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £70 (but look out for the £15.50 set menu)
50 Marylebone High Street,
London, W1U 5HN
Tel: 020 7258 9878