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More casual and close-packed than its aristocratic sibling Pied à Terre, this little charmer is highly regarded for its lack of formality and fuss – although the food seldom wants for complexity. No dish goes without an accumulation of amazingly fresh ingredients (‘too many’ for some doubters), and the kitchen confidently fashions them into dainty Michelin-starred plates full of precision and flavour– how about roast quail breast with confit legs, ras-el-hanout, pine-nut gremolata and smoked anchovy, or poached megrim sole with gem lettuce, broad beans, peas and mint. Readers love the ‘supple, gamey’ venison in cocoa and juniper with black pudding and perfect foils of beetroot and watercress, while presentation mirrors the interior’s signature curlicues. Veggies fare well here, and there are also ‘great-value’ set menus featuring offbeat combos such as smoked-almond pannacotta with coconut sorbet and chocolate streusel. Carefully chosen wines include plenty of interest by the glass.

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  1. I have yet to form a distinct opinion on Michelin stars. Sometimes they just seem to be a reason to hike up prices and serve small portions, and after a disappointing experience at Lima last year, I was a little skeptical about L’Autre Pied. But it was my cousin’s graduation dinner (the one who gave us the blood orange risotto), so along I went. After all, he did take me to the fantastic Arbutus last year, another Michelin star holder, so I was confident in his judgment.

    When we arrived at L’Autre Pied, there was nobody else in the restaurant, as it was only 6.15pm. As the evening continued though, all the tables filled up and we were surrounded by a soft murmur. Nonetheless, the atmosphere remained quiet and the simple décor created an air of non-pretentiousness, which I warmed to immediately...
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  1. Published : Monday, 5 August 2013

    The Cutlery Chronicles :: L'Autre Pied

    My ideal location for a birthday treat (of which this meal was), would be an informal and relaxed restaurant with no pretenses serving Michelin quality food. And L’autre Pied in Marylebone achieves that in spades.

    The kitchen is commandeered by head chef Andy McFadden and his seven course tasting menu was the agenda for the evening. On arrival we were seated by a very charming maitr’d who recommended a rather spectacular glass of Italian red, the name of which I failed to note. An amuse bouche began proceedings consisting of silk thin poppy seed pastry topped with cool, smooth and meaty chicken liver parfait and sprinkled with chopped olives...
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  1. Published : Monday, 27 January 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: L’Autre Pied

    There is something sweet about the Michelin starred L’Autre Pied. That the 7 course tasting menu is 50% off prompts a dark curiosity which is almost perverse in nature. This is the kind of peering interest you might have when something unfortunate happens, and you relish every detail. The thrill of playing spectator to L’Autre Pieds inability to fill tables is too delicious to miss.

    To my chagrin, the night starts off on entirely the wrong foot with a variety of freshly baked bread. The generosity with the walnut loaf, sweet onion brioche, and parmesan bread is vexing. To further undermine my voyeuristic endeavours, canapés of poppy seed pastry and chicken liver parfait are bursting with olive and salt. Henceforth, a wary recognition of how brilliant the food is ensues...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 10 April 2013

    Mitziesbubble :: Understated excellence at L’Autre Pied

    Upon entering L’Autre Pied, on a rather cold and blustery day, I noticed that it wasn’t too dissimilar to its big sister. For instance, swathes of black across a darkly lit and intimate room but there were subtle differences such as invisible table linen, which told you this was a more chilled affair. Thankfully this laid back approach did not extend to the food and by course no.2 of our tasting menu we quickly saw why it was awarded and has retained its star...
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