Pied A Terre Restaurant
34 Charlotte St, London, London, W1T 2NH
- Tel: 020 7636 1178
Pied A Terre serve various modern French dishes including salmon, foie gras, salad and a selection of vegetarian dishes from a set menu and an A La Carte menu. The restaurant has a stylish decor and the discreet service make the private dining room ideal for private lunches or dinner parties of up to 16 people or 40 standing up. The restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars in January 2003.
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- Vegetarian Dishes
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fine gastronomic 2 star dining
08/01/2010 by foodbymark
Pied à Terre very proudly wears its two michelin stars clearly proclaiming the double accolade on their website. With that, I must preface my commentary on this restaurant in that my only other recent experience of two stars is Marcus Wareing, an unmemorable tasting menu experience in a stuffy and pompus environment albeit great service in the early summer of this year. However the fine showcase of food photography that is the PaT website is a statement in itself, and I throughly enjoy watching the changing background images. Whoever the skilled photographer was, certainly had his share of great lighting. They make the restaurant certainly tempting at the very least. So, the restaurant was booked with just over a week of notice and so happened to be on the night of snow storms and transport melt down in London. Not a single taxi was in sight and I ended up having to traverse from the office in treacherous snow and icy conditions. It was a fantastic start to the night as I sweatily slid into the restaurant in my leather shoes. The outside of Pied à Terre was deceptively ordinary looking on Charlotte Street. The front section of the restaurant was small, with four tables tightly placed designed for diners in pairs. Glass and mirrors have been used to create the illusion of space and soft furnishings to absorb noise. We were sat in the corner of the minimal yet intimate dining room. Whilst we had our menus we had green olives to nibble on but before the evening had begun we had already decided upon the tasting menu, an 8 course degustation put together by the chef and co-owner Shane Osborn, the only Australian chef to hold 2 Michelin stars. The menu that in various forms has received a mixture of criticism but mainly accolade from diners read like it demonstrated skilful craft and practice at gastronomic cookery. The selection of canapes were like a jump start to our dining experience – A Potato gnocchi, tomato fondue and parmesan, a tartlet of onion and chorizo with golden raisins, a pea pannacotta, jerusalum artichoke mousse with toasted almonds and a winning foie gras mousse sandwiches between two ultra thing poppy seed crackers. I did love that poppy seed cracker, and it did make a reappearance in the cheese course. Like Oliver, we had to ask for more. All in all we were beyond satisfied with each course perhaps only slight thrown off by the poached chicken oyster which I felt wasn’t as tender as I wanted it to be and tasted like a weak chicken broth. I do love to dismantle a good roast chicken and pleasure of the oyster is one I rarely share. I had had a good week of Foie Gras and an even better one with Venison. Venison in three countries in 7 days. And the PaT Venison did not taste gamey and neither should it. Prepared correctly, this was venison dripping with juice, yielding to our knives like butter, sweet on the tongue and with a richness without any of the fattiness of beef. This reminded me of skiing trips with my parents over Christmas in Austria when I was a child. Ja wohl! Dessert was the signature bitter sweet chocolate tart, an intensely rich and dare I use the word decadent extra thick mousse-like tart accompanied by a deep fried macadamia nut, macadamia foam . At the end, we were presented various Petit Fours on a metal and glass structure reminiscent of La Defense in Paris. The tower of cakes, jellies, mousse cups and various sweet crisps. This was quite the impressive sugar fix and at this point, as if by perfect timing, we were about to hit our 2 hour 45 minute return time. A couple of frighteningly overpriced glasses of 2005 Chateau Robin des Moines, an earthy and fruity elegant Merlot accompanied my meal as we were not planning to drink wine. When I read reviews and comments on restaurants I often find reference points can sometimes be completely lacking. One so-called review on a website from a “regular” at Pied á Terre gave a resounding nil points out of ten for their food describing it as lacking “wow factor” and “bland.” I think that is a bit strong at the best of times and the food would have to be inedible to a degree of litigation to get zero surely? They clearly did not vomit after their meal. I had also read that style was put before substance. Should I grumble about the gargantuan mark up on the wine (at £13 a bottle from wine merchants)? Or the unexpected let down of a single chicken oyster? I don’t have my own rating system. What should two stars mean to me? It means that I was paying for ambience, impeccable service, a wine list I was nothing less than impressed with, and the finest gastronomy. Pied à Terre satisfied us most of the time on all these levels. http://www.foodbymark.com/2010/01/01/pied-a-terre-london-w1/Report this
An exceptional table
23/10/2008 by gastro1
This is a great restaurant producing superb cuisine with excellent service. It is in my view one of the best restaurants of it's type in the UK an equal to The Square and Gordon Ramsey at Royal Hospital Road. One feels that each dish hs been carefully developed and constructed like a fine oil painting - everything on the plate has a purpose and contributes to the whole. The wine list is vey well chosen with a particulary good selection of red BurgUndies.Report this
17/08/2008 by Brodule
A very fine restauant where the food is always the best you have had for ages. Worthy of any excuse if you can afford it. If you can get more than 6 people they will usually let you have a room to yourself. The wines are a bit daunting, but there is a Portugese red that is very good and it’s the cheapest wine! look also to Alsace. And at the end you get to pig out on the petite fleurs. The staff always make you feel welcome and relaxed and seem to take a genuine interest in your enjoyment & comfort. A great place to 'destroy' the afternoon when you need a break.Report this
12/09/2007 by caffeinehit
This is a great restaurant. The whole experience through from the palette cleansers down to the great choice of wine (and advice) that you can get. The service, ambience and general impressiveness of this restaurant is unquestionable. If you are looking to impress a date or a client (or both) then this is the perfect place to start.Report this
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