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|Address:||5-7 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DB|
|Tel:||020 3589 2099|
|Price: £60.00||Wine: £16.80||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.45pm (Sat -2.30pm Sun -3.30pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.45pm|
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An email update arrived from Square Meal informing of a lunch offer. I telephoned the restaurant at once and booked lunch for today. Sadly the £20.90 lunch special of three courses does not operate on Fridays but there was the lunch menu at £20.95, having thought about this I said – ‘what the heck’ – and decided to blow the extra 5p, and how wise I was.
Friendly greeting, managed to get a better table than the one initially on offer and the tap water came pretty quickly in an old fashioned ‘pop’ bottle alike.
The lunch menu is a selection from two starters, two mains, one sweet desert and a selection of French and English Farmhouse cheeses, this latter carries a £4 supplement.
The restaurant appears to hold about 45 people who are split between three areas. Including the two of us there were eighteen in all with about six staff – nice ratio!
The reservation was for 1.00pm and we arrived at 12.55, we had ordered by 1.05pm all pretty quick.
My guest went for the starter of: Glazed Herefordshire Snails, Crushed Ratte Potatoes, White Bean and White Garlic Cream.
I went for the: Raviolo of Scallop and Monkfish, Cauliflower Puree, lightly Smoked Sabayon, Crispy Wild Rice.
For the main course we both went for the same thing: Pan fried Calves Liver, Shaved Morteaux Sausage, Garlic Pomme Puree, ‘Petit Pois a la Francaise’
All this was to be washed down with a charming little ‘house’ wine rejoicing in the name of Bourgogne, Roncevie, Domaine Arlaud, it was really good wine and complemented the food beautifully.
It was the manager/ maitre d' who had taken our order and he was back again with the sad news that he had ‘sold’ the last of the Raviolo. There was only one other possibility, suddenly it was snail-time.
since L'Autre Pied is a French Restaurant I got into character by feeling suitably ‘desolated’ by the fact that the starter that I had wanted had been sold to another. My facial expression told all, ennui shot through with a modicum of confusion, no one could have cared less!
At 1.25pm the starter suddenly arrived. In order to keep us entertained during the slightly too long waiting time we had about six rounds of the various breads and buns on offer from one of the utterly charming waitresses. This massive consumption of bread was in fact everything to do with the fact that there cannot be any better bread in the whole of Britain, eat your heart out Poulenc!
The snail starter was green in colour, the sort of green that exists only in dreams andnot in day to day experience. It was an incredibly good dish, well cooked and tasted delicious – bravo! personally I am not that into garlic, thoughfor medical
The plates were cleared and after ten minutes or so, our lady of the bread was back again.
After half an hour or so I asked the manager/maitre d' if everything was okay in the kitchen,.Had the chef fallen ill or something? I was told that not only was the chef well and nothing had gone wrong, further, the chef was so happy that he was beaming from ear to ear.
Two minutes later the calves liver arrived.
We didn't do pudding – White Chocolate Mousse with Passionfruit Ice Cream, nor the cheese and coffee, there just was not the time.
This is a gem of a restaurant.
We all know what calve's liver is like don't we?
We do not!
The whole meal came to £70 for two, the wine was not cheap hence the slightly higher than expected total.
I reckon that all in all the cooking was better than Le Gavroche – please see my recent review – and it was very much cheaper to boot!
Great stuff and many congratulations to them.
I intend to return very soon, before entering the restaurant I intend to have gone to Daunt Books on the High Street and have found something to read between courses!