Imagine a local restaurant transported by the Tardis into Mayfair. Truc Vert is no central London sophisticate, what with the deli products on wooden shelves and the Sam Smith’s beer on the menu (Heineken was offered when we asked if there was anything else). The jazz duo may have been too loud as well, but when it came to the food it was hard to find any gripes.
From a menu heavy with French influences, plus the occasional Asian slant, an onion soup was creamier than the standard, with subtle flavouring, and packed with meltingly soft onions. Another starter – sautéed squid, with stir-fried beansprouts, mangetout, pak choi, egg noodle salad and harissa dressing – was a great combination, the squid soft and fresh, the harissa adding just the right warmth. Swordfish steak with niçoise salad and coriander chilli struck a similarly fresh, fusion note, while artichoke and ricotta tortellini were dense, unctuous and deeply flavoured.
Only a lemon and cinnamon custard missed the mark; it was fine, but not the luxurious pudding that suits being served in a tiny portion. But that’s not much to complain about. On the whole, this was winning food.
|Venue name:||Truc Vert||Contact:|
42 North Audley Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served 7.30am-10pm Mon-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 9am-4pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Bond Street tube|
|Price:||Main courses £14.95-£19|
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I visited this French restaurant last night with my partner having been given a voucher for a 3 course meal with bottle of prosecco. We were both looking forward to our treat - which for us it was as this restaurant is in Mayfair and would be above our usual budget! The booking was fast and easy and the restaurant has a warm, rustic feel to it. The ambiance is friendly and intimate and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Our prosecco was opened immediately upon arrival and delivered to our table, although i would have liked to have been asked about this as we might have had a different drink before the prosecco if asked. The menu changes from time to time and provides a good choice although not great for vegetarians/vegans. Luckily, neither my partner or i have any food issues and were able to choose freely. There was no bread offered which i would normally expect but i have to say i didn't miss it either. We tried the foie grois and smoked cured salmon trio which were both lovely although the menu stated the salmon was served with avocado mousse which it wasn't, but a bit of bread would have made it nicer. We both had the Wagyu burger for main as we had heard so much about this massaged meat and were keen to see if it tasted any different to any other burger! It does actually and has a wonderful texture, cooked to our preference medium rare and served with toppings (extra costs involved here) and chunky chips (although the chips weren't chunky and in fact just usual straight cut chips). The meat is really tender and smooth on the palate. For dessert the cheesecake was thick and delicious served with fresh berries, i had the chocolate fondant with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and a rasberry on top - looked a tad cheeky! Delicious though it was i couldn't finish it all. The espresso coffee is dark and strong and very nice. All in all a lovely venue for a first date, special occasion or daytime brunch/lunch. I would recommend it as it is quiet and tucked away from the busy Oxford Street madness. Booking is advisable although there was room on a cold Saturday night. They also do Raclette evenings for bookings of 4 or more at £15 a head which sounds delicious if you like the hot, melting cheese with gherkins and bread to dip.....Mmmmmm!