Review on Blanchette
December 2013 saw the opening of Blanchette in Soho, operated by three brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary, who named the restaurant after their mother. Exposed brick walls adorned with antique cabinets, mismatched furniture, tables simply laid with flickering candles and beautiful trompe l'oeil murals displayed behind the bar, create an atmosphere redolent of an authentic French bistro. Malik was the founder of La Music du Faubough, a sound design company and he is responsible for the background music and the live music from jazz and acoustic musicians playing during Sunday brunch.
Heading the kitchen is the former senior sous chef of Bibendum, Tom Storrar and friends of the Alary brothers, co-founder Simon Mullins and Chef Director Ben Tish of the well regarded Salt Yard Group are consultants and partners in this new venture. Serving classic French sharing dishes with a modern flair designed for sharing you might choose grilled Gurnard with brown butter, capers, lemon and braised baby gem lettuce or from the land there's black pudding, chargrilled pork belly with spiced quince and parsnip purée. Sit on one of the bar stalls and enjoy tasty snacks in the shape of duck rillettes or pig's ears. When it comes to desserts there's Armagnac clafoutis with crème fraiche or caramel poached pear with semi dried grapes and crème patisserie.
The food is matched by an inventive wine list showcasing wines from all regions of France and there is also a selection of organic Normandy ciders on offer.
Tam Storrar and William Alexander
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card