On a sunny day, La Petite Maison gives a decent impression of somewhere on the Côte d’Azur, with its cream pillars, spacious dining room and light flooding in through big windows. It’s a franchise of a renowned establishment in Nice, but unlike nearly all restaurants in France it doesn’t offer set menus to soften its prices (not shown on the otherwise-jaunty website, so they can come as a shock). If you’re bothered about cost, however, it’s fair to say you’re not at one with the chatty, multinational, Mayfair clientele.
Like its Gallic parent, LPM showcases French-Mediterranean cuisine and ingredients, in both sharing-friendly ‘hors d’oeuvres’ and main courses. The produce certainly delivered – gloriously juicy tomatoes – but on our visit the cooking was disappointingly short on flair. A Provençal classic of salt-cod and potato brandade, in croquettes, was too salty (surely a basic with salt cod is washing the salt off properly) and lacked the smoothness of a really good brandade. In pasta with squid, prawns and chorizo, central flavours were masked by crude (and un-French) hot spice.
Abundant staff ensure no one feels neglected, although the kitchen is a little slow. A properly grand wine list again focuses on southern France, with probably London’s best choice of quality rosés.
|Venue name:||La Petite Maison||Contact:|
54 Brooks Mews
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; 12.30-2.45pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-9pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Bond Street|
|Price:||Main courses £15-£70|
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A favourite. Mayfair pricing. Reservation system less eccentric than its Nice sibling. I generally eschew the meaty stuff for the lighter fare (unusual for me!)
We went for a lunch using Timeout deal. Inside is modern and service was cheerful. And even it is French, ravioli was excellent! It is hard for me to dine there for full course dinner but worth to try. If anything I shall complain, then seafood pasta was a bit salty for me.