Piquet

Restaurants, Contemporary European Oxford Street
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Please note, Piquet is now closed. Time Out Food and Drink editors, September 2016.

French food – what’s that? For every French restaurant that opens in London, there are a dozen barbecue dens, four noodle joints and two Mexican-Macedonian vegan cocktail bars. So Piquet is bucking the trend. Chef Allan Pickett – English for Piquet, hence the restaurant’s name – is from Kent, but Piquet is as French as a brie-filled baguette in a beret. Not surprising once you know he’s been through some of London’s best French eateries, including Orrery in Marylebone and Galvin Bistro De Luxe.

Piquet resides in the unlovely area being knocked around mercilessly by the construction works around the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail node. Walk in the front door and you’re in a long room with small tables and a bar for casual dining. This was empty when we visited, but downstairs – a chic room of muted browns and beiges – was buzzing. 

The menu changes monthly but some items are regulars. ‘Country terrine’ is refined and sophisticated, beautifully assembled and subtly seasoned, but has all the heartiness you would expect from the more rustic version. Even better was snails on toast: the juiciest snails ever, buttery shallots and a creamy celeriac purée. One of the star dishes of the year. 

Mains were at the same level, especially veal sweetbreads with insanely rich pomme purée. The single flaw was found in poached and roasted pheasant with turnip tops and thyme dumplings. The bird had spent a little too long in the oven, and it was great-tasting but just a bit dry. One of the ceaselessly solicitous waiters spotted our hesitation and begged us to let them replace it. We declined; they knocked it off the bill instead.

We loved a salad assembled from a glorious riot of micro-leaves (tiny in size but huge in flavour) and the wine list, which starts at less than £20. A martini with gin from the East London Liquor Company was generous in size and expertly made; best martini we've had in living memory. (If you're going out for drinks in the area, place Piquet on your list of candidates.) There’s a set lunch menu starting at £16.50 for two courses, and (pour les rosbifs?) a daily joint from the carving trolley. And no praise would do justice to the service, from a smoothly run but genuinely warm brigade. 

French food – what’s that? Go to Piquet and see how it’s done. Just off Oxford Street. By a guy who grew up in Kent. 

By: Richard Ehrlich

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Venue name: Piquet
Contact:
Address: 92-94 Newman Street
London
W1T 3EZ
Opening hours: Restaurant: Tue-Fri noon-2.45pm & 5.30-10.45pm; Sat noon-10.45pm. The Fir Room: Tue-Fri noon-2.45pm & 5.30-10.45pm; Sat noon-10.45pm
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Rd
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £110.
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Small restaurant, centrally located, just few meters away from Tottenham Court Road tube station. The food is British with French twists in each course. I wasn't impressed either from presentation or the taste of it. Overpriced/small portions. When visited on Saturday lunch time, it was completely empty - the atmoshere was somehow depressing as there is no sunlight entering the main room and use of so many lights during the day make it awkward.

Tastemaker

Going here alone after a matinee is probably one of the best ideas I've had in a long time. Heading over at 5pm on a Thursday the bar was empty. Allowing me to have light and friendly conversation with my waiter. 


I probably ordered the strangest combination of food but I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. I had some smoked salmon, a delicious terrine, and finished it off with the day's tart and a glass of Cava. I truly savoured every bite, but maybe that's part of the joy of eating alone. 


The amazing jazz music filled the dark bar with a relaxed atmosphere helping me take a breathe from the busy rushed world mere metres from the door. 


The interesting combination of French and Spanish influences makes this place stand out from the rest. They offer very affordable lunch deals so I recommend stopping by!!



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A friend booked Piquet for her birthday, I noticed Time Out had given it a 5 star rating so I was expecting great things. On arrival I was concerned by the deal board outside, walking in, the bar was quiet and I was taken downstairs to the restaurant which felt more Spanish than French with an open kitchen. The restaurant soon filled up and there was a great atmosphere, great menu and attentive service. The food was the best I've had since Berners Tavern. It was exceptional and reasonably priced for the quality. Starters: All of our starters were fantastic, I had the crab raviolo and others tried the pork belly. Mains: I had the seabream which was exceptional and everyone opted for the steak, which they all loved. Dessert: pear and red wine taste tartin and a little chocolate birthday dessert for my friend. We paired the meal with champagne rose followed by a fabulous bottle of Pinot Noir from Monterrey, California.


What an incredibly wonderful restaurant! Stunningly good French food in a lovely room (shame about the road - you'll soon forget about it). Thanks for the heads up Time Out - definitely wouldn't have discovered this place were it not for the review. Great place.

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