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.
Let me begin by saying the pizzas here are some of the best I’ve ever had anywhere. That even includes the pizzas I’ve eaten in Italy.
Located in a tiny premises tucked away in Covent Garden’s Neal’s Yard, Homeslice is a thoroughly down-to-earth affair. You don’t come here for the airs and graces of fine dining, it’s for the awesome slices of pizza with interesting and thoughtful flavor combinations that pulls in the streams of punters queuing at the door. From the moment you cross the threshold, you notice all of the staff are passionate about what they do, friendly, enthusiastic and the service is great.
Ninth is Celebrity Chef Jun Tanaka’s brand new venture which has been open for business since November 2015. What’s refreshing about Ninth is that Jun Tanaka is actually ever present in the kitchen and very much-hands on in the running of the restaurant. I know this to be true as I saw him myself. He was wearing chef’s overalls and he was discreetly surveying who was in his restaurant before disappearing back to the kitchen. Most celebrity chef’s restaurants are usually just another extension to the empire with a mentored head chef installed in the kitchen. Not Ninth.