POSSIBLY THE BEST RESTAURANT IN LONDON.
Pied a Terre is possibly the best fine dining restaurant in London. I understand that is a very big statement. However when you find a restaurant that you struggle to criticise it must be one of the best.
I have been to this Michelin starred restaurant on multiple occasions, and every dish that has been served to me has always been exceptional. The French cuisine at Pied a Terre is utterly exquisite. Every plate is impeccably balanced and each mouthful provides a range of intense flavours.
Much of the menu focuses on seasonal produce which means the dishes are always current. This combined with precise cooking techniques allows the team to maximise the output of every ingredient. Dishes include Smoked Quail, Organic Spelt Risotto and Wild Mushrooms (starter) and Tasting of Suckling Pig, Carrots, Charred Leeks and Black Sesame (main). The menu listings may be understated, but let me assure you when the course arrives the plate will sing.
“A RESTAURANT THAT HAS HELD A MICHELIN STAR FOR OVER 20 YEARS”
Aside from the cookery on show, each plate is beautifully presented. The dishes are vibrant, full of colour and picture worthy. This is expected from a restaurant that has held a Michelin star for over 20 years.
Some of the most highly acclaimed chefs have been at the helm of Pied a Terre. Most notably Tom Aiken who at the time was the youngest British chef to gain a 2 Michelin star rating. The gastronomic lineage has continued with Shane Osborn and Marcus Eaves, both growing their reputations as head chefs of this prestigious restaurant.
In terms of space the restaurant is most certainly on the cosy side, with intimate dining rooms that are the epitome of a fine dining. An abundance of well suited staff are available to deal with any request. Personally they were very helpful when I was planning a surprise anniversary dinner for my girlfriend.
If you are looking to really push the boat out for a special occasion then I would recommend the 7 course tasting menu (£105), or for a bigger group there is the private dining room with butler style service. Alternatively, if you are curious to sample the food at a more efficient cost then the 3 course lunch menu at £37.50 is good value.
The food at Pied a Terre is unsurpassed but it is the exemplary service, the artwork and the little extras that really make this one of the best fine dining experiences in London.