L'Autre Pied

Restaurants , Contemporary European Marylebone
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L'Autre Pied

What it lacks in elbow room and statement design, L’Autre Pied makes up for with precision fine dining – the kind that makes you stop mid-conversation to murmur appreciative ahs and mmms.

Andy McFadden’s menu at this bijou version of sister restaurant Pied à Terre conjures up dainty yet intense dishes, at more accessible prices than its grown-up sibling (especially good value are the set menus). A riot of ingredients is packed into every mouthful, so a starter of beetroot risotto brought goat’s cheese, tapioca, ras el hanout and a micro hit of balsamic into the fray.

Mains are likewise accomplished balancing acts: a poached duck egg served with asparagus, tomato, onion seeds and crab bisque was the simplest dish on offer. Haunch of roe deer had a satisfyingly sweet counterpoint, courtesy of tea-marinated prunes.

In short, you need to like a certain level of complexity to get the most out of L’Autre Pied. And while the culinary artistry does the talking, the decor takes a back seat. A kind of modest chinoiserie punctuated by rosewood tables free of starched tablecloths, it lends itself to a casualness not usually associated with such consummate cooking.

Venue name: L'Autre Pied
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Address: 5-7 Blandford Street
London
W1U 3DB
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-3.30pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Baker Street tube
Price: Main courses £26-£30. Set meal (noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat, 6-7pm daily) £22 2 courses, £25 3 courses. Set lunch (Sun) £29.50 3 courses
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Diana G

Recently,I was fortunate enough to have been taken to L'Autre Pied to enjoy one of their taster menus. I am delighted that a Groupon voucher was used because otherwise, it would have been an extremely expensive evening.Each taster course was absolutely delicious. The flavours were obvious but not overpowering and the textures were varied. It was a case of once on the tongue, letting the senses take over. The restaurant itself was not over-crowded although this could have been partly due to our early evening arrival. The service was good- neither too fast nor too slow. I do not enjoy alcohol, and water was given the same attention as if it had been an expensive bottle of wine.

If you have a voucher, I would have no hesitation in saying you should make a point of going. If you have not, it would be worth considering for a special occasion.

Luisa G
Tastemaker

Perfect. This truly was wonderful. I bought a Groupon deal for my mum and mu for £62, for a 7 course tasting menu for two. The food was absolutely divine, and the service was lovely.


We were given delicious bread - either sourdough, or cheese and chive mini muffin-type rolls. These were both delicious. They even brought out separate bread for me, due to a nut allergy. 


The first course was a sort of mousse, flavoured with butternut, parsely, espellette and chestnuts. There was something crunchy at the bottom, which was delicious. It was very easy to eat, and well presented.


The second course was baked heritage beetroot, radish, creme fraiche and rose. The beetroots were both purple and yellow, and tasted absolutely delicious. It was very delicate.


The third course was charred cornish cod, with mussels and buttermilk. The cod was cooked to perfection, which is very tricky with such a bland and boring fish. It was truly scrumptious.


The fourth course was fallow deer, cooked to perfection. There was a piece of deer steak, as well as there being some confit of deer, which had a crunch to it - delicious.


The fifth course was a cheese course. Due to the fact of us hating goats cheese, we were given non-goats cheese. My only confusion was the table next to us seemed to have two more cheeses than us, despite having the same tasting menu... if we didn't want goats cheese, I would've expected them to replace with another cheese instead, even if it meant giving us the same one twice, rather than just not giving us anything, especially at such a high-end restaurant. The crackers were also nothing special - just small water crackers, but they were still nice.


The sixth course was the pre-dessert. It was a lime cream, with a banana foam - a dessert in itself!


The seventh, and final course, ws a clementine cheesecake, with a clementine sorbet. The cheesecake was without doubt the smoothest and most delicious cheesecake I've ever had in my life, and the sorbet was full of flavour.


The 12.5% service charge is calculated on what it would cost if we paid full price, so it came to £15.50. It was discretionary, but we paid it. I would definitely visit this restaurant again - it was wonderful. I wouldn't pay full price though, I'd only come on a Groupon deal.

Deon Pillay (theindependentfoodie)
tastemaker

Tonight' we headed to the 1 Michelin starred Le Autre Pied to celebrate a friends birthday. Having very high expectations of this place, I was rather underwhelmed by its outdated and simplistic interiors. This was very short lived as the engaging staff and attentive service set the tone for a fantastic evening. The amuse Bouche of a lemon infused youghurt foam with cucumber and puffed wild rice was delightful. Heritage Tomato Salad 2016", Olive Crumbs, goats curd and pesto perfectly paired with a Rosade Furlane Bianco Venturin a crisp exotic blend of Friulano, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling that comes together very well. The second course of poached cod, brown shrimp with butter lettuce and a sourdough crumb, it powerful aroma overwhelms your senses begging you to five straight in, again a perfect pairing by the talented young sommelier this time In the form a green, floral yet fruity Kaiken tennoir series torrentes. The third course of Roast Gressingham Duck, Crushed Celery, Walnuts, Brown sauce which was rich and complemented the tender bird, beautiful matched with a fruity Spanish red Bioca Mencia a complex mix of mencia, Tempranillo and Garnacha Tintoreta with dark fruity notes. Course 4 was the cheese course which consisted of a blue cheese and a hard cheese, not as beautifully presented and certainly my least favourite however combined with the fantastic South African red Babylon's Peak Shiraz Carignan my palette was soon excited and intrigued. Pre dessert, a texture of raspberries, raspberry cream,meringue and vanilla ice cream set the tone for the moorish final dessert of the evening. A decadent Blueberry and Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberry Yoghurt Sorbet perfectly balanced by a rather charming Chenin blanc based dessert wine from France Coteaux du Layon Vieilles Vignes with hints of baked apples, quince and pineapple . Next up was a double shot Macchiato accompanied by petit fours, the fudge was a tad to sharp for me but the delicate sponge cake went down a treat. Attentive yet non obtrusive service, a knowledgeable sommelier and an excellent team make this place special. The head chef Martin Major should at this point take a bow for the fantastic food that came out of his kitchen, beautifully plated, flavoured and faultless. What's that old saying, yes never judge a book by its cover, forget the outdated decor as the food speaks for itself.

Georgie
Tastemaker

This is my favourite restaurant in London, which is a BIG statement, but I simply adore everything about this restaurant. From the laid back yet sophisticated dining environment to the innovative, beautiful menu to the friendly, attentive and helpful staff.

I've visited probably half a dozen times, often with a very good dining deal - they often offer a 7 course tasting menu for a steal of about £35 a head. Matching wines are normally another £35 on top, making this a great way to have a full culinary experience without breaking the bank - AND it's Michelin-starred too.

I think my favourite thing about the food here is the mixture of textures. There are a few foams (I know it sometimes looks like someone has sneezed on your plate but here, i promise you it works nicely) and they often use savoury granita, gels and purees on the plates.

Every single dish is always a masterpiece. Talk about Instagram worthy, you almost don't want to upset the look of the plate. But then you get over it because it is always so delicious.

Top dishes to look out for on the menus - always order the Roe Deer if you can. it's exquisite. And the mackerel is always fresh and accompanied with some stunning flavours.

And really, the wine pairings are brilliant. If you can spring for the cost, it's definitely worth it.

This is my 'go to' special occasion restaurant. It's romantic without being stuffy and contrived. I adore it.

Ivvie D

I had 6 course tasting menu for dinner at L'Autre Pied. Overall the food was uninspiring and disappointing. The first two dishes - celeriac puree with lemon and carrot salad were ok.The cod dish with beurre blanc and charred leek was the best of the bunch, although even that not particularly setting taste buds alights nor original. On top of that my partner found a bone (fairly large one) in his (minuscule) fish portion. The pork and apple dish was shockingly (for a Michelin-starred restaurant) under-seasoned. The predominant flavour was bitterness from accompanying vegetables, not offset but anything else. The blood orange sorbet and with coconut was fine. More like a palate cleanser and the main dessert - rhubarb cheesecake - gets thumbs up for texture and for not being overly sweet. However, if you are a rhubarb lover, you will be disappointed as the fruit flavour was strangely lacking. Bland.

I have been to a fair few Michelin-starred restaurants and what has been really disappointing about this one - apart from the food itself - is the incredibly small portion size (and I am not a fine dining novice, but this place takes the biscuit!) and the general feeling of being on a conveyor belt. Without rushing ourselves and taking our time choosing the wine, we were done with all 6 courses in exactly hour and a half from sitting down. That is an absolute record in my experience and not the one I would care to repeat. 
In my experience of other similar restaurants, even with a tasting menu you get some amuse bouche. This menu features dishes which are really amuse bouche and a palate cleanser as a part of the billed 6 courses. With tiny, uninspiring portions, it leaves the diner cheated in both quality and value for money.
I won't be back.

Gary Lee

I was this place a couple of weekends ago. 4 of us had the taster menu with wine, plus the cheese and 2 extra starter courses of Oyster followed by Scallops. I love food, and this is the best food I have eaten by a long shot. Not pretentious, just damn good food. As the review above states, each plate is packed full of flavour. We had: Chicken Liver to start, that was so intense in flavour it got the taste buds tingling straight away Oyster Scallop Mackerel Haddock Lamb Cheese Dessert Dessert Wine with each course was brilliant, and the Saki with the shellfish was brilliant. A place to splurge some hard earned money, but so so worth it.

Jo Kemp

Went on a Groupon deal recently and had a wonderful taster menu meal. Very good service, interesting and adventurous food chemistry/ combinations - and well executed, particularly the starters and mains. Surprisingly relaxed atmosphere for a Michelin starred venue and all the better for it. Perhaps the accompanying wine - we went for the 5 glass food matching option - is keenly sourced aka overpriced (on the Groupon deal we imagine they have to make up their profit somewhere as they didn't appear to cut back on the food quality). And equally good wine was to be had from the wine by the glass menu, so this might be a better option. But the Sommelier was excellent, playful and fun. Great value for money for us and fairly priced even without the Groupon. All in all a memorable meal and worth a 5 star rating here

Christian

My girlfriend and I went for the lunch menu a few months ago. Starter was cauliflower risotto with butter nut squash. I must say this was probably the finest starter I have ever eaten, texture and flavour were fantastic. I was truly blown away at the time. We were not disappointed with the main, I had breast of lamb with my other half going for pork belly, both were again fantastic. Desert I must admit slips from memory, but was certainly not disappointing. Service was friendly and attentive and when the cheque came I was pleasantly surprised. The experience certainly out stripped that of the lunch menu at pied a terre, that I have subsequently experienced. All in all, an easy 5* mark.

Iliana

Hi , Me and My Boyfriend visited this restaurant for New Years Eve and we weren't impressed whatsoever .I would recommend to somebody.First there was no ant kind of special atmosphere.Second we had to ask to be asked for drinks which is fine if the bar was packed but in this case it was just us and the bartender .The food was "ok" but i didn't go there for "ok" food the menu was different from the original menu ,the staff didn't really know waht are they serving us or that even one of the courses it didn't match any of the menu the original one or the second but it was third version. I still don't know who i should call our waiter since every time different person was at the table. I can keep going on and on but I think that's enough to give you an idea and a second thought about going there and enjoying the "experience" thank you for reading