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If you enjoy formal dining then the fantastic Pied a Terre restaurant is a must. They offer an exquisite French menu with attentive and conscientious service.

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MON

12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00

SAT

18:00 - 23:00

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By Abby K.

Wow, Pied a Terre is amazing, the food was glorious and the service very friendly. A must if you are a fan of Frencch food and like to dress for the occasion.


By Tacita V.

Pied à Terre is like a shy celebrity: it boasts an impressive reputation but the restaurant itself shies away from the limelight to focus purely on crafting perfect food.

The Venue
Pied à Terre’s main aesthetic ethos seems to be understatement and discretion. The grey sign outside certainly doesn't give away many clues that this is an award-winning restaurant: in fact, you may not even notice it, lost in the sea of other establishments shouting for attention in Charlotte Street. Likewise, nothing shouts particularly loudly indoors: the décor resembles more a quiet whisper.

There is a bar upstairs and a private function area on the second floor, but the heart of the restaurant are the two rooms just past the entrance. Both feature simple, if still very attractive, fittings, as well as discreet, unobtrusive artwork covering the walls. It's a demure décor - as it should be where food takes centre stage.

The Atmosphere
You'll probably be conscious of being in a sophisticated, very high-end establishment from the very start. The atmosphere is ever so slightly forced and you might wonder who feels truly comfortable in what's a pretty rarefied environment. The staff gravitate around the tables much more than normal and you may find the experience slightly suffocating, but if this is embarrassingly noticeable when the restaurant is still empty (you will automatically whisper since any conversations seem too banal to allow to reverberate across the room), things improve greatly when the space fills up with people and their chatter.

The Food
Exquisite and impeccably presented, the cuisine is so ‘haute’ that it feels like trespassing the threshold of comprehension for us mere mortals: maybe this is indeed food for the gods. The menu is concise, with a handful of options for starters and mains (£60 or £95 for the tasting menu) and about half on the (very admirable) vegetarian menu.

The pan-fried Scottish scallops with baby artichokes, gremolata, Iberico ham and lemon verbena jus gras merges magisterially unexpected ingredients into a classic, while the unassuming salad of raw and pickled winter vegetables and toasted sunflower seeds avoids feeling like a simple addition thanks to the superbly light artichoke mousse and fragrant, but discreet, carrot oil. The poached quail eggs with crushed Jerseys, summer truffles, smoked peas and broad beans is divine - topped with delicious mini chips and shavings of truffle, the dish is rich and diverse, leaving a rounded aftertaste. The pan-fried fillet of halibut with sweet garlic puree, crayfish and summer savoury emulsion sounds simple, but this straightforward dish is taken to a new level of quality, boasting some remarkable flavours that really excite the palate.

Desserts (£15) are traditional, but elaborate. The pre-dessert amuse-bouche of rice pudding, apricot compote and coconut cream is deliciously light, as is the apricot and honey parfait with sable biscuit. Definitely make sure you order the tea with petit four (£5) - the finger-size sweets are served in a functional glass sculpture but are a stunning way to end your dinner - and a genuine sensory delight.

The Drink
The wine selection is predictably good, with a sommelier on duty to guide you through the exhaustive list. Whites and reds start from an affordable £28 for a bottle of Californian Sangiovese escalating to more than £200 for the French Meursault, 1er cru Charmes. Rarer options (such as the Hungarian Tokaji) find space alongside classics from the new and old world in a list that looks at quality as well as pedigree. Wines are also available by the glass (£5.50-£12.50), although wine flights (one glass is selected for each dish of the tasting menu, £58-£90 or £70 for Champagnes) have already been arranged if you are stuck for choice, or just downright lazy.

The Last Word
The food at Pied à Terre makes the surroundings blur out of focus: a feat which only the best restaurants can manage. When nothing else is left to entertain and distract, you can only concentrate on what’s on your plate, which happens to be some of the very best food in London.


By Arthur N.

Pied-à-terre, a stylish and intimate very French restaurant, is the recipient of two Michelin stars, which is pretty high up there on the gastronomic Richter scale (three stars is the supposed pinnacle of perfection). But one of the things I’ve learned as a professional “hired belly” is that looks – and Michelin stars – can often be deceiving. In other words, I’ve been disappointed enough times to be as circumspect as a minnow in a shark tank with regard to my choice of temples of haute cuisine. But even after all this noble sounding rhetoric, there were several reasons why we chose to dine at Pied-à-terre: First of all, the restaurant had been highly recommended by several independent sources (including the concierge at our hotel, who was, thus far, batting a thousand in that department); secondly, the convenience factor definitely entered into the equation, as the restaurant was only a few steps away from our hotel; and, finally, it was our last night in London, and we wanted (and hoped for) something special to end our sojourn. Were we disappointed…? Certainly not with the food. As advertised, it was nothing short of sublime (and exceedingly rich). Having rather diminutive appetites, we passed on the 10-course tasting menu with accompanying wines and opted to order à la carte. My wife began with scallops and settled on venison for her main course. I started with breast of quail and ended with grouse. Superb across the board… as was the exceptional cheese course and a positively decadent chocolate tart for dessert. And, although prices are steep, there are all manner of little extras: a variety of amuse bouche, for example, and towering tiers of petits fours. On the other hand, I think we were disappointed in the pretentiousness of it all… the celebrated appearance of each course… the careful explanation of every ingredient… the silly game of “guess that Wine” played by the staff. See complete review at http://www. Artfuldiner. Com/london. Html


By Jim P.

I took my wife to Pied a Terre last week for her birthday I wont say hold old. We both had the best time of our lives. The service and food is faultless. Clearly the owner and his staff know how to run a French restaurant. We have never been to a better French restaurant and will return very soon.


By Simon S.

I had dined here with friends previously about 2-3 years ago and all 4 of us had the most amazing tasting menu meal. The four of us were all real foodies and loved dining out at some of the best restaurants globally. After our visit we marked Pied a Terre as one of the best restaurants in London, maybe a close 2nd to Petrus. Just recently my partner wanted to celebrate her promotion and treat us to a meal so I suggested we go to Pied as it was so fantastic before. The tasting menu again sounded delicious plus it is usually the best dishes a restaurant has to offer. Unfortunately huge disappointment came from the first course. There was no wow factor as you normally get in top class establishments, there wasn't even an mmmm, the dish was just bland, lacked huge amounts of flavour and seasoning. In fact I actually had to ask for salt and pepper which I have never had to ask for at any top restaurant. Even with the additional seasoning every course was the same, my partner thought exactly the same. Strangely when I looked around the room you could sense that the room was full of disappointment rather than delight which you usually get from a Michelin star restaurant. The desert and cheese I have to say was pretty delicious but that couldn't make up for all the other courses. We did mention that the food was not that great after we paid and we wrote to David Moore to express our view point but he put it down to the menu not being to our taste which I find a little insulting considering I had the same tasting menu previously and found it delicious. Mt partner mentioned our comments to someone from her work and the person’s friend whom was also a regular and lover of Pied had the same comments as we did. It is a real shame as I used to recommend this restaurant to anyone that was interested in food but now it will be the opposite and sadly it has ruined the first experience.


By Sid P.

Excellent service, top quality staff! The food is absolutely amazing, it will blow you away, and awesome value for money!


By Bev V.

We took advantage of the lunch offer and had the tasting menu which was the best dining experience i have ever had.

Beautiful food which i didn't want to end and every course was memorable.

I've since returned and enjoyed the set lunch menu which is also brilliant - and good value for such great food!

The atmosphere wasn't stuffy and the service was second to none. Thumbs up all round and highly recommended.

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