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"A real discovery" just off Oxford Street, this sleek little bistro is the latest offering from chef Allan Pickett (ex-Plateau), who has Frenchified his name over the door (geddit?). Inside, take a punt on the "discreet and moody" ground-floor bar or head down to the larger 1920s-style basement, all reclaimed-wood and brass fixtures, with a capacious open kitchen delivering "truly memorable" dishes from the classic French repertoire. Our native lobster had a beautifully garlicky broth of samphire and beans, while steamed monkfish with seared ox tongue and port butter sauce offered a highly inventive take on surf 'n' turf. Elsewhere, venison with braised cabbage, elderberries and chestnuts is autumn personified, and the pear and red wine Tatin is simply unmissable. Readers say this is "the new hot table in town"; we reckon Piquet is the restaurant equivalent of that little black dress – so timeless it will never go out of style.
A couple of weeks ago my friend Felicity and I headed to Newman Street to visit Piquet, the first solo project from chef Allan Picket (former head chef at Plateau, Aviator, Galvin Bistro de Luxe, and Orrery) and backed by André Blais (founder of Bodean’s BBQ). Felicity had been there a couple of weeks before and her instagram photos immediately made me want to go. Luckily, she was desperate to have an excuse to go back again.
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It has been half a year since I last had dinner at Allan Pickett at The Sanderson Hotel, the summer residency prior to the opening of Piquet, a new independent restaurant in the heart of London&s Fitzrovia.The menu is described as a contemporary mix of cultures of England and France, and although the restaurant doesn&t look very distinctive or busy from the outside, the dining room downstairs is contrastingly rather warm and charming.We were served some breadsticks with anchovy mousse to start with whilst we perused the menu.
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When I heard Allan Picket (Chez Nico, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe & Orrery fame) opened his own restaurant just off Oxford Street, my initial thoughts were "Yes, good on him!" and "Oh, but why there?" Having worked off Oxford Street in the first few years of my career, I&ve learned to have a slight abhorrence towards the place thinking it&s a black hole of and crazy traffic. But good food is good food. And if reviews were a good sign of what&s to come prior my visit, then my expectations were set on a high.
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Although by no means the most incongruously positioned restaurant I’ve ever come across, Piquet is nonetheless oddly located. Wedged in-between a faceless office block and a hair salon, it sits opposite a building site and part of Oxford Street’s branch of PC World. Inside, though, is a seductively classy decor that’s a subtle blend of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Gothic revival and other art terms I’m not really qualified to use.The charmingly Gallic staff were friendly and efficient across all my visits and I was quite taken with their country squire-esque uniforms resplendent with autumnal colours, twill weaves...
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