Pied à Terre
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SquareMeal Review of Pied à Terre

Silver Award

From its prized modern art and groaning cheeseboard to legions of suited staff, Pied à Terre remains “timeless in its class” – “always original, always fun, always great”. Head chef Asimakis Chaniotis has made the kitchen his own and can deliver some truly dazzling dishes, judging by our recent experience: roasted veal sweetbread and plump cockles drenched in seaweed butter; delicate squid ‘linguine’ under buckwheat and sea herbs; and a modernist spin on coconut rice pudding have all impressed mightily. The classics aren’t forgotten either – roasted and braised lamb is served alongside London’s most sophisticated take on ratatouille, while original chef Richard Neat’s foie gras and borlotti beans in Sauternes consommé is still fresh after 25 years. Apart from the bargain set lunch, prices are reassuringly top-end, but there’s ample value in a book-sized wine list, with “incredibly helpful” sommeliers. While the detail-rich dining room is pokey for some (and cosy for others), a recently refurbished upstairs bar is perhaps Fitzrovia’s best kept drinking secret. “Just simply fabulous”, sums it up.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One michelin star
People
Special occasions, Special occasions

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Special offers from Pied à Terre

Petit Complet - Children's 3 course menu, mocktail, babyccino & petit fours £20

From: 10 July, 2019
To: 30 September, 2019
Max: 10
Petit Complet is available to younger diners 12 years old and and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Lunch Complet - Canapé & Bread, 3 courses with wine flight, tea/ coffee & petit fours £60

From: 10 July, 2019
To: 30 September, 2019
Max: 10
Available Monday - Friday lunchtimes, 12:00 - 14:30

Location for Pied à Terre

34 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2NH

020 7636 1178

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 18:00-23:00
Tue 18:00-23:00
Wed 18:00-23:00
Thu 18:00-23:00
Fri 18:00-23:00
Sat 18:00-23:00
Sun Closed

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20 Reviews 
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Mr. Alex G

Not quite the complete package
24 September 2018  
Restaurants with Michelin stars know what they’re doing, right? Especially those that have held at least one since 1993. You would assume so. We, however, encountered one of our least promising starts to a restaurant visit at Pied à Terre. Fortunately, things improved from there. Overall, the experience was positively memorable, if more so for the ambience than the food. Begin at the beginning. Step into Pied à Terre, and it is like entering someone’s house. Admittedly that of a very posh person, but the intimacy and the glamour of the place is evident. The venue oozes effortless class with a slight air of eclecticism (think Georgian cornicing and Blondie on the stereo). Beyond two dining areas on the ground floor, there is also a private dining space and a small upstairs bar. We had planned to visit the latter for a drink prior to eating, particularly since we had learned that it was one of London’s better kept secrets. Imagine then our initial disappointment on thinking ‘oh what a lovely venue,’ to being told that the bar was not available for mere pre-booked diners such as ourselves since it was being occupied by a group prior to their use of the private room. What to do; wonder the streets of Fitzrovia aimlessly for an hour, or seek another venue? Happily for us, the charismatic owner, David, smoothed things over, led us upstairs and provided us with two seats at the bar. Champagne in hand, the initial bitter taste was mostly alleviated, even if the accompanying canapes did not massively impress (a cold mac & cheese bite, anyone?). We progressed downstairs with a degree of trepidation, but found ourselves seated at a lovely table, able to survey the entire room’s proceedings. This is dining with showmanship; dishes brought to the table with a flourish, presented beautifully and paired with exciting wines offered by a highly knowledgeable sommelier. That will be the impression I will retain. Indeed, the eight-course menu took almost three hours from beginning to end. We were allowed to luxuriate, sip, savour and take it all in. If pressed to consider how many of the dishes were truly distinctive or ground-breaking, then I would probably highlight three: an innovative trout raviolo paired with a horseradish sauce; a rich and profound seabass dish served in XO sauce; and a wonderfully contrasting matcha custard and blackberry dessert. My comrade felt similarly about her vegetarian selection. This is not to dismiss Pied à Terre; more, it is the case that one can do better elsewhere at a not dissimilar price point. For a more complete and seamless dining experience (where almost every dish stuck in the mind), Sketch and The Greenhouse would both win hands-down. Perhaps this is the difference between one and two Michelin stars
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Paul A

Not as good as expected
04 May 2018  
It began on a high note: we were able to choose between a quiet room with no background muzak and correctly adjusted airco and the main dining room, we were identified as previous customers even after a hiatus of four years, there was the chance to have a champagne wine flight with the tasting menu, something not that usual in the UK, and the front of house staff were extremely professional and interactive, in particular the knowledgeable and enthusiastic sommelier who started off the show with an excellent English fizz. The amusing canapés, a pair of bright red chocolate lips concealing a salmon and cream cheese mousse and a filo cigar encompassing beef tartare and accompanied by radish in black olive oil, encouraged us to imagine delights to come. The amuse-bouche of eggs kaiganas with wild oregano and feta provided a good prelude to the first starter of Scottish scallops marinated in yuzu and citrus, served with curly kale, some truffle and a well-balanced celeriac purée. Escargots can be tricky but these were cooked attractively in a very rich and intense tomato and red wine sauce, with the accent on the tomato, and came with a parmesan wafer for the sauce and ravioli for the snails. Keeping up the attempts to get the odd eyebrow raised, the next course was octopus, slow cooked at low temperature, a tender tentacle in a very good squid ink sauce and piqued with Piquillo pepper and a dash of spring onion. Red mullet followed, a favourite of ours from Cornwall, but presented as part of a rather sparse dish, both the fish and the clever potato spaghetti somewhat overpowered by a saffron and tomato sauce. Venison at this time of year can be questionable and although its pairing with some delightful pain d’épice, pumpkin discs and a tomato and pain purée could have been a winner, the meat was unfortunately on the chewy side and overspiced for our taste. For the cheese course we received a preselection of goat’s, ewe’s and sheep’s cheeses with sesame seed crackers and an original PX jelly, the different styles bringing about an interesting variation in the taste sensation of the champagne we were drinking. The tasting menu was rounded off with two desserts, a carrot foam on Greek yoghurt on mandarin foam with carrot cubelets and a touch of lemon thyme, and what rightly or wrongly turned out to be our favourite dish of the evening, citrus cremeux on meringue à la française on top of a hazelnut feuilletine base with mini meringues and appropriately coloured edible flowers decorating the plate. We came away somewhat confused - it felt as though it should have been better because although the overall experience was good, the food was not always up to the standard we would have hoped for after our previous meal here, in particular the effect of the consistent overuse of tomato-based elements in the sauces.
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J L

Incredible, among best in London
12 January 2018  
Simply outstanding service. Food too and very pretty and tasty. Attention to detail in all respects. Nothing too much to ask. Love everything about this place. Thanks to this place I found Pisqu, my new favourite Peruvian restaurant around the corner. strongly recommended.
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Lotte K

You have to try this
20 June 2017  
It moved to the top of my list of favourite restaurants after my first visit. After the second visit I was convinced it will stay there for a while. I just love everything about this place - the food is beautiful, the wines are interesting and fun, and the service is absolutely outstanding. I will keep coming back many times.
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Mr. Steve G

Exceptional food & service
20 January 2017  
I had an exceptional meal here today. Every dish ordered by both me and my guest were beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. The service was perfect, not overbearing, but extremely helpful when needed. There is a choice of kind of set menus, with alternatives amongst those, but I had no trouble picking things to try, and was not disappointed. Everything was really tasty, and presented so well, it almost seemed a shame to eat it. Not a cheap meal, but for three courses with wine, and service it wasn't completely outrageous either. Strongly recommended!
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AmyM

Just simply fabulous
19 April 2016  
I have been lucky enough to eat here a few times (on expenses) but this time round I took advantage of a (competitor) offer of a set 3 course menu for £45 per head. As soon as we walked in the staff couldn't do enough for us, without being intrusive. They were charming, friendly and attentive and incredibly accomodating - my friend just HAD to have Champagne with strawberry puree - they made it for her. The amuse bouche of potato and leek croquet was quite simply the most delicious croquet I have ever had (and when eating tapas I generaly avoid them). This was followed a perfectly poached pheasant egg with a delicious salad of edamame and courgettes. My friend had the celeriac & apple with a tomme brulee which was exquisite, I stole a bit. The main course was a drooling soft and flawlessly executed hogget, pink and juicy without being bloody and served with two delicious sauces and baby artichokes that all complemented each other when eaten together. The Sommelier was incredibly helpful with the wine, recommending a delicious Bordeaux that didn't break the bank (only £47) and made us feel like we had just ordered the Margaux for £2,000. They had a strict 2 hour turnaround on the table, but we were there for over three (it was a Monday) and there was no sign of them turning us. Just a lovely evening. I would thoroughly recommend Pied a Terre to wine and dine a date, to impress a client over lunch or just for an indulgent treat.
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adrain G

Set Lunch mid week
21 April 2015  
superb service from the sommelier even though having wines by the glass. And excellent wines from an interesting international list. Menu good and well varied choices although the sweetbreads and later baby chicken seemed to have fairly similar sauces. Both were delicious. Pollack excellent and the pre -dessert was memorable and particularly good if having the farm house cheeses. Very good value for money and in quiet surroundings for an intimate lunch.
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Paul A

Terrific from all points of view
15 October 2014  
Our original intention when we moved back to the U.K. was to draw up a reasoned short list of restaurants that we liked and would need no excuse to return to, regardless of their location, but now we are coming to regret living out of London because of the large number of top-quality restos to be found there. We have visited some highly-rated restaurants in the capital and found them disappointing and frankly a waste of money, but when you come across one that outperforms its rating by miles and you are able to enjoy a meal so full of the wow factor and a dining experience that makes you want to return just as soon as possible, as happened on our visit to Pied-à-Terre, somehow the distance you travel to get there is immaterial. There was just one minor negative that struck us as soon as we entered the dining room, namely how underlit the room is. This quibble was soon overcome, though, by the way the spectacular dishes lit up the evening. We were immediately impressed by the attention to detail, with the properly-laid table even including individual olive forks, and this continued throughout the meal, for example it being understood that a spoon accompanying any dish with a sauce or purée is a good idea. The bread, treacle and foccaccia, was very good, our water glasses were refilled regularly, the serving staff interacted very well with the diners, and the terrific double act of the sommeliers, who served different wines to different tables on the same menu and got the diners to attempt to identify them, which was actually quite difficult with the "découverte" flight, put everyone in a receptive mood. Our amuse-bouches, salmon tartare and potato truffle croquette, were excellent and set the tone for what was to follow. Luscious mushroom and truffle soup with lovely creamy pasta, truffle, cured pork, super girolles and a touch of celery successfully cutting through the richness of the soup was followed by Cornish mackerel, fresh and tender as could be, in a shizo vinaigrette imparting a slightly oriental flavour to the dish, and proper giant couscous, mushrooms and divine baby squid. The next dish was scallops which were unbelievably tender with a hint of a taste of the sea, and accompanied by tomatoes marinated in balsamico, anchovy, mozzarella and baby rocket, and the taste of the scallop, mozzarella and anchovy together was truly amazing. Next came excellent fried fillet of Scottish salmon with mild baby radishes, smoked paprika on a potato crisp, creamy shavings of fennel and a fennel and dill purée, another winner and remarkable for its contrasting textures. The main dish of partridge was unforgettable, the poached breast perfectly done with a subtle game flavour, a splendid, gamier confit leg, a marvellous reminder of the past with the roseval potato which made us think of the smoked jacket versions we used to get from street vendors, a mushroom purée to die for, and sweet sweetcorn adding that bit of extra interest. Simply top-class! For once cheese was an integral part of the tasting menu, and our selection, including a sublime Stilton and a light, fresh goat's cheese, was matched by a quirky poppy-seed crisp. Our first dessert/palate cleanser was notable for two reasons, firstly the great combination of sweet flavours in the strawberry, grape and elderflower trifle, and secondly that the wine served with it was a really good match, and it was South African and it was a botrytis Sauvignon Blanc. My sincere congratulations to the sommeliers! We concluded with an amazing chocolate mousse with caramel honeycomb, beautifully peanutty ice cream topped with a PX jelly. A truly wonderful meal, and we were privileged to be able to pay our thanks to Marcus Eaves in his kitchen, where we noted that, as usual, the best chefs are modest, approachable, friendly people, and where we noted that even as we chatted with him the attention to detail continued with him approving every detail of the dishes that were leaving the pass. Hats off to all at Pied-à-terre, which on this evidence deserves a much higher rating.
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Ms/Mrs. Lisa M

22 June 2014  
You only live once and therefore I recommend the tasting menu at pied a terre. This is the second time we visited this wonderful restaurant and it didn't disappoint . What a treat amazing food with excellent service ,worth every penny!
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Ms/Mrs. Tim P

22 May 2014  
Looking for a special lunch to celebrate with a couple of client contacts, I read the reviews of Pied a Terre both here on Squaremeal and also on TripAdvisor. Despite having been going for years, it appeared to be getting stellar reviews from diners, so I booked for aTuesday lunchtime tasting menu. I was not disappointed on any level – from the initial greeting by the maitre'd to the amuse bouche to the meal to the waiters to the wine – everything was of the highest standard. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an intimate fine dining experience. Top marks!
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