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31 July 2014
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Blanchette

9 D'Arblay Street, London W1F 8DR

£49.00 French Soho
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  • Wine: £22.00
  • Champagne: £55.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-10pm

Square Meal Review of Blanchette ?

Run by three French brothers and backed by the Salt Yard Group, Blanchette takes the essence of a Parisian bistro and gives it the small-plates treatment. Bare-brick walls, eclectic furniture and a scattering of home-style knick-knacks (from teapots to dolls) create a playful, cool look, with low lights and flickering candles adding a warm, romantic glow. The menu features all-French charcuterie and good-value cheeses alongside a raft of dishes ranging from addictively crispy pigs’ ears with just the right texture to bigger helpings of gutsy grilled beef onglet accompanied by intensely rich, earthy gravy and tangy, parsley-sauced snails or elegantly presented fillet of sea bass in brown butter with capers and baby gem. Service is more smiley than the Gallic stereotype, making this a seriously good French eatery that doesn’t take itself too seriously at all.

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 16th July 2014

    The Hedonist :: Blanchette – Review

    Peruvian, Palestinian, Chinese, Japanese and that’s not to forget Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese) cuisines have all become part of the Soho restaurant renaissance, but whilst modern British and European, regional Italian, and Spanish tapas joints abound, what has been missing from this burgeoning scene is a bijou French bistro. Since Casse-Croute opened on Bermondsey St, the on-trend artery gastronomique, it was inevitable that Soho would follow suit and now with Blanchette it has. The restaurant which describes itself as a bistro is the creation of the three Alary brothers; Maxime and Yannis have backgrounds in the hospitality business working in London, New York and Paris and are in charge of Blanchette. Malik runs a sound design company and creates the playlists for the sound system. Chef Tam Storrar learnt his trade at Bibendum and brings influences from that restaurant’s more formal approach to the table...
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  2. Published : Monday, 19th May 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Blanchette

    Blanchette is a sweet little bistro on the less trodden D’Arblay Street in Soho, but it may as well be a world away. Behind its painted powder blue walls and misted single-paned windows is a rustic idyll. A charming din of lilting French music lifts the room, bouncing off scrubbed wooden bars and matchstick stools and murals of a Provençale countryside painted onto white tiles. Matching the gorgeous interior is the food, devoid of sniffiness or over-elaboration. It’s pretty simplicity is best seen in baked St Marcellin – a pot of oozing, creamy cheese, best enjoyed with slices of baguette. Cheese is explored again in miniature beignets, airy, silken and spun into the fabric of the dough itself. The dishes at Blanchette are portioned like tapas, and intended to share between the table...
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  3. Published : Wednesday, 7th May 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Blanchette, Soho

    Owned by three French brothers, Blanchette is a charming little bistro on D’Arblay Street in Soho (opposite the wonderful Copita). It serves small sharing plates; think French tapas with a good selection of cheese and charcuterie. On our Tuesday night visit the place was heaving and with no reservation we were offered a seat at the bar. The stools (which I normally dread) turned out to be far more comfortable than they looked. It was a very homely restaurant; it felt like we were sitting in a French Granny’s cottage in the Dordogne...
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  4. Published : Thursday, 30th January 2014

    Munch My Way :: Blanchette, Soho

    Home Who would have thought that French cuisine can adapt the style of sharing through tapas sizes. The restaurant is run by three brothers: Maxime, Yannis and Malik. The partnership of this restaurant with Salt Yard Group has really shine through. The food comes in small portions and categorised into nibbles, charcuterie, fish, meat and vegetables...
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  5. Published : Tuesday, 21st January 2014

    Frenchy love food :: BLANCHETTE

    After several attempts which failed before Christmas to go to the new French bistro Blanchette in Soho, last week I managed to go there and had lunch. The decoration and atmosphere as soon as you arrive makes you feel in France, with a lot of French objects from a Bécassine doll to the Gérard Depardieu cookbook (I didn't know he wrote one before I saw it there). Tiles at the bar are painted with an Art-Nouveau style frame like Nover from the 1900's, and on the counter you can see some fresh products such as French baguette, saucisson, charcuteries and cheese...
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  6. A while back three French brothers (two of which used to be part of the Salt Yard group) decided to open a French bistro, et voila, London is now blessed with yet another brilliant French bistro. One of the best French bistros in London at the moment (with Brawn, Androuet, Casse Croute and 10 Cases). The dishes are imaginative and very well executed...
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