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|Address:||34 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NH|
|Tel:||020 3589 2100|
|Price: £66.00||Wine: £21.00||Champagne: £68.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12.00-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6.00-10.45pm|
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I went to Pied A Terre for my birthday last night expecting a typical Michelin star experience. I did not get this! The atmosphere in the restaurant is dead, the staff are overly formal to the point of being patronising. We chose the standard menu (2 courses for £60) and I had the quail to start while hubby had the pork belly. Before this came out we were served canapes (no amuse bouche or pre-dessert here folks) of beef tartlet and potato croquette. They both tasted of nothing more than the description but the tart case was noticeably blonde and dry. Then the starters came, mine tasted like chicken, not sure how they managed that and when I asked the waitor to hold the foie gras he looked at me like I was mad! Part of the dish is a quail kiev which tasted like a cheap supermarket kiev (maybe not even that good!) Overall my starter was bland and I simply found no taste of fir puree at all! Hubby described his as ‘OK’ but commented that he couldn't understand the parsnip with the squid and pork. For my main I had the chicken. This was actually smaller than my starter and lacked any carbs. The chicken pieces tasted tough but oddly enough one piece was still a little raw! The preserved lemon overwhelmed everything and I couldn't understand why the same shrivelled mushrooms from my starter were on my main! I would suggest you avoid the boudin blanc as it was a very unpleasant surprise on the plate – I can't quite describe why it was bad, it just was. Hubby had the beef, the cheeks were good but the fillet (I think that was the cut) was blue and not medium rare. The chef also decided to add foie gras to the plate despite us making it clear that we were opposed to it. Again, hubby described the meal as ‘ok, but nothing special’.
We decided to skip dessert fearing that the portions would be even smaller and taste even worse. The waitor did bring out a huge amount of petit fours though. Five chocolates on a plate each, two of which tasted like chicken! I kid you not! Also, the little lemon tart (chicken tasting also) had a horrendous brittle pastry which was just awful!
Overall I think we were both pleased to have finished the meal. We have eaten in a number of Michelin starred restaurants in London and I think I can safely say that this is the worst in terms of food. I'm really not sure how it got the star!
My highlight of the night was an interaction between a customer and our waitor. She kindly informed him that her guests were all seated upstairs (private dining I guess) and the waitor said ‘thanks’, looked down and said ‘how far along are you’, to which she replied ‘what?!’ so he patted her stomach and said ‘the pregnancy’. She replied 'I'm not pregnant, I've just eaten'. Horrific! Indicative of the smarmy nature of the waitors though and the strange atmosphere in this place! If you want to spend this much money on food go to Hospital Road!
After writing this review the owner of the restaurant called me (12.11.12). He told me that this review was sensationalist and nonsense. He also questioned my expertise and told me that I basically had no reason to write this review. He refused to address any of the issues I had with the meal and instead wanted me to remove the (opinion based) review. I won't be pressured into saying positive things about a restaurant when I had such a bad experience.
Having said that, this was just my experience. I wouldn't make a decision on a restaurant based on one review and I hope other people wouldn't either. However, if I pay for a meal and am that unhappy about it I have the right to complain, and complain I will. Hear this Mr Pied a Terre: I may only make cupcakes but I eat well. I have no problem paying for good food but I expect a little respect as the person putting money in your till!