Alan Piquet’s new venture on Newman Street is less than six months old and is a welcome addition to the plethora of restaurants in Soho and Fitzrovia. You can never have enough French restaurants. There is something in the Gallic mentality where French people really do take their craft very seriously, and Piquet is no exception. Talking to the Maître d when we arrived, the restaurant occupies what was once a car park and pretty much the whole building has been refitted to create the restaurant. A bold and ambitious statement; one that is fitting to the ethos of the restaurant and the food that is being served.
The décor itself is very chic, a nice mix of comfort and bohemian chic with wooden paneling and burnished metal fixtures framing the ceiling. The service is very attentive and feels like an old Parisian restaurant. The expectations were set and it didn’t disappoint.
The restaurant was packed on Saturday night and you can see why. The place has been getting rave reviews and people are starting to notice. I’m happy to report the food was very good.
Starters consisted of Duck Consommé and Leg Confit, which sounded great on paper but were a little meager in portion size and for all of £10 I’d expect a bit more food. Whilst it was very tasty, there were only a few tiny shreds of duck and some very small pieces of vegetables meticulously hand cut into tiny geometrically perfect cubes.
The other starter was Oysters, which were clean, fresh and served with a good array of condiments and sour dough bread.
My dinner date ordered pot roast sea bass, sauté of baby gem, yeasted cauliflower purée, persillade of pieds de mouton. I ordered a Grilled rib eye of Dedham vale beef, served with fries, watercress, peppercorn sauce.
Finally, topped off for dessert, we had Chocolate Financier with a salted caramel ice cream and hazelnut praline.
I still had room for cheese. Unfortunately, drinks elsewhere beckoned. However, I glanced enviously at the table next to us tucking into the impressive cheese cart that could have fed an army. Perhaps next time…
As a summary; the food was executed perfectly in a classical French style, delicious and brilliant. If you’re looking for a special place to treat yourself with some nice wine, good food and great service, look no further!