Piquet

92-94 Newman Street , London, W1T 3EZ

Piquet French restaurant London Bloomsbury

SquareMeal Review of Piquet

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016"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.

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9.0

Food & Drink: 9.4

Service: 8.8

Atmosphere: 7.8

Value: 8.6

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Vi V. gold reviewer 07 April 2016

piquet charcuterie board consist of country style terrine with pistachios, Kent selection cured ham, cured salame, duck rillettes, sourdough toast and pickles. Having all my favourites spread out on a board just makes me smile. It looks so simple but each bit of food on the board has been prepared properly, nicely seasoned and thoughtfully plated. My favourite was the rillette which took me by surprise because I am not normally fond of duck meat. This had the right balance of cream, seasoning and texture. No stringy bits of meat. casserole of monkfish, baby squid, chorizo and haricot blanc colchester rock oysters, shallot vinegar and shallot bread – the freshness and sweetness of the oysters was so pure. Served nicely chilled on ice, I really enjoyed them. croquette of pigs head – amazing! le piggy burger – this requires proper justice and so, I had two of them! The meat patty was so moist and flavoursome. When served, the little burgers looked a little plain along with the other spreads but are a serious contender. Desserts were not anything more fanciful than the good old brownie with ice-cream and a slice of the non too sweet almond tart. Accompanied with a dessert cocktail, it was just a perfect end.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Lynn W. platinum reviewer 15 January 2016

This place has been getting lots of attention so we were looking forward to trying it. One starter of heritage beetroot salad, black figs, goats cheese mousse and cob nuts was pleasantly salady, while the crab raviolo, a light pasta parcel with delicate crab mousse filling and shellfish dressing was delicious. The cod cheeks, chorizo and white beans, topped with crispy crunchy baby squid was top notch, such a good savoury winter dish and a generous serving in its casserole pot. Sea bass, with baby gem, cauliflower purée, and chanterelles was enjoyed. One dessert of vanilla ice cream with blackcurrant compote was a bit underwhelming, while the Îles flottante was one of the best I've ever had. It seems a simple dish, but too often it's not up to scratch. This was spot-on, the custard was properly creamy and rich with vanilla, the meringue perfectly poached, and crunchy barely-sweet praline pieces added a nutty texture. All this was very good, but we're not that taken with the basement decor. There's a place for dark wood panelling and dark wallpaper, but the lighting is a bit gloomy rather than intimate, and the noise is clattery which interferes with conversation. It's fine when it's cold and dark outside, but it wouldn't appeal in summer.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Keith G. bronze reviewer 15 December 2015

I took two friends to dinner, they were a touch unimpressed with the location and entry into the Ground Floor but when we emerged downstairs things looked up! I found the menu a touch limiting, choice was sparse but finally settling on Braised Lamb to share my other guest had the sweet breads. The food was excellent very tasty and well prepared albeit a touch meager. Wine list was fair but pouring the wine without splashes seemed challenging to the staff. We ordered the Plum Tatin to share again plus one portion of cheese. Both excellent. I will happily return although would prefer more menu choice such as the inclusion of the lunch specials for dinner as well.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Jonathon H. 18 October 2015

A real discovery. A discrete moody bar on the ground floor and stylish restaurant in the basement serving great French food just a stone's throw from Oxford Street. Well recommended. And try the tartin!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

D-Boss 11 October 2015

An excellent kitchen and we will certainly be back. Food is well executed and enjoyable rather than surprising/exciting - somewhere between Delaunay and Arbutus, perhaps. A nicely varied winelist. All fairly priced. There were hiccups: autumn salad was interesting and well composed, but underdressed; chocolate & passonfruit custard was nice, but lacked passionfruit (hence lacked bite and became one-dimensional halfway through). Service friendly and welcoming but not (yet) altogether smooth. Our waiter offered to help us choose the wine, but did not seem confident in his ability to do so and did not offer to call the sommelier. Our mains arrived together, but our sides followed separately, first one, then the other, about two and three minutes later - no real excuse for this given that there were only about 20 covers on the Saturday night we visited. Our bill was not correct - we had to point out that they had forgotten to charge us for the wine - the maitre d' comped it, which was a gesture we certainly appreciated, but who needs moral dilemmas with their meal? But we assume they will get the service right soon enough. Big drawback for us is atmosphere: basement setting, muddy colour scheme, appears to be going for a modern take on a 50s gentlemen's club - it's comfortable but neither elegant nor pretty - perhaps when the room is more than half full it will look nicer. But the ill-fitting vests and shirts in which waitstaff are dressed are, and will remain, simply a mistake - ugly. These are all, however, relatively minor quibbles. Piquet struck us, on first acquaintance, as a very good restaurant that deserves to succeed.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Caroline G. 01 October 2015

I am confident that Allan would have done justice to any guinea fowl just the way he did with the amazing PARTRIDGE!!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Caroline G. 01 October 2015

Faultless! Every dish was executed to perfection - a truly memorable meal. Snails, beetroot, venison, guinea fowl, everything was so delicious. My new favourite vegetable, chervil root which accompanied the guinea fowl is a magically revelation, seek it out. My Bramley apple sorbet and blackberries was a sublime end to the meal. I am a Kent girl at heart and the cobnuts with the beetroot and the brambles in the pudding transported me home! The wine pairing for each course lifted the meal to an even higher level I strongly recommend this restaurant. Allan Pickett is a star.The new hot table in town, book now.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sue M. 25 September 2015

Went to Allan Pickett's new restaurant PIQUET. Even though the opening week, could not fault the food - he really is a good chef. Wish him all the luck and will definitely return and tell all my friends. Sue Mitch

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