The entrance to Pied à Terre is so discreet that you would miss it unless looking specifically for the restaurant – and it makes an apt introduction to the classy understatement inside. We sat in the intimate dining room at the front (one of two at street level: there’s a private dining room upstairs).
With its tasteful cracked-glass feature, and cosily formal decor, this is a perfect setting for têtes-à-têtes, business-related or otherwise. There are plenty of options to spend £100-£200 per diner, but we opted for chef Marcus Eaves’ excellent-value set lunch. A Cornish mackerel starter with avocado crème fraîche was a perfect blend of crisp and melt-in-the-mouth textures; and the juicy, flavourful pork with rainbow chard as a main course looked like a minimalist work of art.
Attention to detail was impressive throughout: a slow-cooked lamb belly starter was accompanied by a perfect lamb and mint consommé; strawberries with a citrusy fromage-frais sorbet produced a delightful clash of flavours; and the amuse-bouches are a sensation – we dreamed of the miniature cinnamon doughnuts for days afterwards.
|Venue name:||Pied à Terre||Contact:|
34 Charlotte Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 12.15-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road|
|Price:||Set lunch £27.50 2 courses, £27.50 5 courses. Set dinner £60 2 courses, £75 3 courses. Set meal £99 tasting menu (£89 vegetarian); £145 10 courses|
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Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
I had not eaten in Pied a Terre until a few months ago for lunch. The food was good, but there was something about the place I could not put my finger on. I was invited for lunch recently and the host booked Pied a Terre. On the second visit it struck me what it was. The food is great, the service to the level you would expect, but the overall experience was bordering on average. The food was not amazing, the service a little stiff. I expected more and did not get what I expected. Not to be written off, but there are better.
Amazing meal at Pied a Terre last night highlights were foie gras with wild strawberries and the pigeon with white beetroots for main course. Desserts were also outstanding the Lemon Drizzle was sure fire hit.
Poor choice. Poor service, lack of charm, boring place and average food. Definitely you can miss it.