Review on Pied à Terre
This Fitzrovian aristocrat, Pied à Terre remains one of the top destination restaurants in London and its current Michelin 2-star rating and other stellar accolades put it firmly among Britain's elite. Refurbishment continues at a stately pace, and the interior is as stylishly cool as ever; the number of covers has been reduced and a new first-floor bar/lounge has been added on.
Leading the kitchen is Executive Chef Andy McFadden who previously worked at sister restaurant L'Autre Pied in Marylebone. Confidence, impeccable technique, attention to detail and eye-boggling presentation are the hallmarks of the kitchen, along with an intelligent feel for ingredients and how to combine them sympathetically. Of course, all of this doesn't come cheap, although prices (especially at lunchtime) are competitive.
Top billing goes to the Menu Dégustation – a ten-course cavalcade of tiny masterpieces, each of which can be accompanied by a 'wine flight' – if you are prepared to pay extra. You can get some idea of the kitchen's 'modus operandi' from, say, seared and poached foie gras with fresh peas, ragout of coco beans and smoked eel consommé; poached and roasted breasts of Anjou pigeon and carrot and mango purée and tarragon jus; and white chocolate crème brulée with Kentish raspberries and lemon leaf ice cream.
The wine lists - one each for whites and reds - are very fine indeed: thankfully, most bottles survived incineration during the catastrophic fire in 2004. France leads the pack with legions of pure-pedigree classics, but there are also sensational offbeat discoveries from the New World to suit most pockets.
Pied à Terre is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.15 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.15 - 11.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express