La Petite Maison

Restaurants, Spanish Mayfair
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La Petite Maison (Rob Greig / Time Out)
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Rob Greig / Time Out

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.

 

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Venue name: La Petite Maison
Contact:
Address: 54 Brooks Mews
London
W1K 4EG
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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