La Petite Maison 22

54 Brooks Mews , London, W1K 4EG

La Petite Maison

SquareMeal Review of La Petite Maison

It’s now an international brand, but correspondents say London’s iteration of this Nice-inspired restaurant is superior for its light, fresh dishes. With a well-established buzz and a pale, clean-lined dining room splashed with colours of the Med, La Petite Maison “always feels special”. Starters double as small sharing plates that are true to their regional roots: a table laden with pissaladière, “fabulous” seafood carpaccio, sweet peppers in olive oil, sliced octopus and feta-topped ratatouille makes a transporting lunch. Mains might be duck glazed with orange, roast monkfish with spicy chickpeas or grilled lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine, while flourishes such as the fresh almonds served with a fillet of halibut show that the kitchen takes care with the details. Desserts may not reinvent the wheel, but warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream will do just fine. In line with the food, wine prices exhibit a degree of ambition. “I could eat here every day”, confesses one fan.

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6.5

Food & Drink: 6.9

Service: 7.1

Atmosphere: 7.7

Value: 5.2

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Joanna G. platinum reviewer 23 March 2016

This is my 4th visit to La Petite Maison, this time with 4 colleagues. I like the "sharing" concept in restaurants and even the "make your own tomato salad" from the ingredients on the table, a nice touch while eating their delicious baguette. We had lentil salad (with apple), octopus carpaccio, marinated beetroot salad, beef carpaccio, crab and lobster salad, salmon and guacamole, fried squid, roast monkfish with a spicy chickpea tomato sauce, veal parpadelle, duck glazed with orange, rib eye and lamb cutlets a few sides. We finished up with a lemon sorbet with a shot of vodka poured over. We couldn't and didn't want to move after all that food, but the next sitting had arrived. Every dish was superb, my guests said it was the best meal they had eaten in a very long time. I will be back when expenses or my bank balance allows.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Jeff P. 23 July 2015

This is the best food in London

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

paul s. silver reviewer 20 April 2015

We went on Friday night for dinner, Marinated salmon bland and dry,Carpaccio de Thon average at best, no seasoning what so ever .Baby squid lukewarm and chewy. Sea bass, lukewarm and tiny portion even though was a main dish. We also opted for pork as a main dish, nothing special , quite fatty and lukewarm ,Pommes de Terre Gratinées lukewarm. A real disappointment. Extremely annoying that chef cannot get hot food out of the kitchen. Our Pommes de Terre Gratinées came out first then our pork 10 minutes later. A complete shambles. This place is charging top dollar, shame that does not translate on to the plate! General manager took our comments on board and did the right thing, but sadly I will not be returning any time soon.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Biscuit silver reviewer 11 October 2013

I hadn't been to this restaurant for quite a long time, but it still delivers great quality food and service. Its not cheap, but we had a lovely evening, and so all in all it was worth the slightly painful hit to the bank balance!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 05 November 2012

I am really surprised how polarised opinions appear to be about this restaurant. This is the third time I have been here and each time I have loved the whole experience and would undountedly return. One caveat, however: make sure someone else is paying, since it is not cheap! The heavy brown velvet curtain creates a sense of anticipation prior to entry and the dining room itself is lovely, beautifully light and spacious, a perfect antidote to a dull November day. Being seated on one of the tables against the wall on this occasion, I had feared that we would feel cramped or that we would be unable to make ourselves heard owing to the proximity of other diners. Neither proved to be a concern; on the contrary, the restaurant felt very much ‘alive’, full of action and laughter, but without ever feeling intrusive. While generally being somewhat sceptical about ‘concept’ food ideas, the idea of sharing dishes definitely works here, simply for the reason that it allows one to try a wide range of dishes. Both starters (of which we partook three) and mains (two) were presented well, highly flavoursome and, I am sure, the beneficiary of using only the freshest of ingredients. My dining comrade and I rated the mains more highly than the starters. The slow cooked duck legs with orange glaze was the highlight. A simple dish, prepared to perfection, tender and not too fatty duck with a tangy and flavoursome sauce. As mentioned previously, fortuitously I did not have the responsibility for the bill on this occasion, although a 0.5 litre carafe of house red (an agreeable Languedoc blend) for £40 did seem somewhat steep to say the least.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 0.0

Julien D. 23 May 2012

My review may seem severe but I can guarantee that it is not worth more! Context Birthday with my wife Positive points - Excellent lobster salad as a starter - Very nice sommelier/wine steward, wine was really good NEGATIVE POINTS (chronologically) - Small piece of bread in my glass of water (THEY put the bread on the table, THEY served the bread) and before I can have a sip they take my glass away, throw it…and do not even replace it (even though you pay the full bottle) – 1cm or celery salad under salmon carpaccio (you do not taste the salmon) – Dried raspberries on scallops carpaccio (you do not taste the scallops) – THEY BROUGHT THE MAIN DISHES WHILE WE WERE STILL HAVING THE STARTERS Waitress said that instructions are: main dish cooking is launched when all starters have been…BROUGHT to the table. They were about to put the main dish (fish) on the table and looked surprised that we said no! - MAIN DISHES WERE MISERABLY COOKED My wife had a Turbot. It was like salted cod and you needed a knife to cut it (you should be able to ‘cut’ it with your folk and it is supposed to melt in mouth) I had a sole that had the consistency of rubber! We were suspecting that first dishes had been re-cooked but they guaranteed that these were different ones…which is even worse! They cannot even cook a fish in the right way! My opinion is that they brought back the same than they had brought first. - The Chef did not come to the table, even though we complained about several things AND told the waitress fishes were rightly cooked. – NO DISCOUNT, NO PROPOSAL TO COME BACK FOR HALF PRICE, NO FREE DRINK AT THE END Verdict: £285 (for two), worth less than a good pizzeria.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Konan M. 16 April 2011

My wife and I went to Le Petit Maison for our wedding anniversary after having heard great things from friends. Everything about the dinner lived up to our expectations – the staff were helpful and attentive, the food was fantastic and the wines were paired perfectly with our food. We had the crab and lobster salad to start which was simple, fresh and delicious. Followed by the veal chops and sea bass, both of which were flavoured and cooked to perfection. Topped off by the chocolate mousse and french toast for dessert. My only complaint is that we were hoping to try the roast chicken with foie gras but were told this needs to be pre-ordered as does the leg of lamb. It would have been nice if they'd informed us of this when we booked. It's not exactly cheap but considering what one pays at most restaurants in London I'd say the quality of the food at Le Petit Maison justifies the price. We will definitely be going back.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

Paul S. 02 December 2010

Context: A meal with a friend on a Tuesday evening, 7:30 table, we're both late thirties. The atmosphere was lively and the restaurant was busy, the service was excellent. The main event and the reason for going however (the food) was a complete letdown. We shared 3 starters and two mains and whilst each dish more or less represented it's description, each were…well…boring. The best you could say about each was that they were “ok”. Starters: The beef carpaccio was overpowered by it's garnish, the Onion tart with Anchovies was warm, oniony pastry but the anchovies had obviously gone off on holiday as they barely made an appearance and didn't contribute taste-wise to the dish; the cod croquettes were nice enough but didn't make much of an improvement over typical supermarket fishcakes. The starters left us both with complete apathy for the main courses. The mains were lamb cutlets and sea bream – both were cooked well but from an overall taste perspective were pedestrian and once the plates were taken away, immediately forgotten. We went there with the hope that we would be experiencing one of London's best French restaurants but it was just an expensive non-event. Overall: Total lack of value for money and boring uninspiring food, neither of us will go back. It felt like head chef had set the menu and then buggered off, leaving the workers to churn out the dishes impassionately. We paid £100 a head with a bottle of wine. This is my first review – the complete lack of value and bogglingly inaccurate description of this restaurant made me want to ensure people had more anecdotal information so they had the chance to avoid this and ensure they didn't get more “Turkey” than they bargained for this christmas period :P

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Naomi H. 14 October 2010

Anyone planning to visit this restaurant for the first time might like to know that you can pre-order your meal. This would have helped me last night when I turned up ten minutes late, to be told I only had the table for two hours and that some items on the menu take AN HOUR AND A HALF to prepare. My boyfriend and I were coming specifically to try the roast chicken with foie gras, which happens to be one of these 90 minute meals. Not only was it effectively impossible to have it during our time on the table (we also would have wanted puddings), but other pre-orders meant the restaurant had sold out of chicken at 7:30 on a weekday! The waitress also very sweetly informed us that they were out of several of the starters. I had read reviews that warned you'd have to wait for your meal, but never that you could pre-order the food or that, in fact, this might be the only way to get it. While the staff were all very apologetic and understanding, the general feeling seemed to be that we should have known we'd only have the table for two hours ‘because all our tables are only ever booked for two hours’, even though we weren't told when we made the booking, and that it was just ‘one of those things’ that unless you already knew about it, you couldn't have some of the things on the menu in your allotted time. The whole place seems very much geared towards a large body of regulars who ‘already know’, to the exclusion of those who don't. We ended up walking out and falling back on the fantastic food and service at Wild Honey. We do intend to go back to LPM, having ordered our meal at the time we booked. Essentially this review is just a tip for anyone else to do likewise.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 25 September 2010

This dépendance of a chic Nice eatery does bring a little bit of Provence to London. Pity th atthe noise can drown out conversation at the table and the confused service – but food and produce are impeccable and it can add a ray of sunshine to a dreary day in Central London.

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