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L’Autre Pied

L’Autre Pied
5-7 Blandford Street
London W1
Tel: 020 7486 9696

When reviewing a restaurant that has been awarded a coveted and prestigious Michelin star naturally one’s expectations are immediately raised. This is because in culinary circles these are the equivalent of the Olympic medals. In the kitchen is Head Chef Marcus Eaves who trained under Michelin starred Aussie chef Shane Osborn at Pied a Terre which is the better known sister restaurant in Charlotte Street.

L’Autre Pied is situated in just off Marylebone High Street. A mere stone’s throw away from the chaos of Oxford Street but a world away in class and style and a great place to people watch, especially on a Saturday afternoon when the small dogs and Louis Vuitton brigade patrol the area in packs.

The restaurant’s interior is welcoming with a buzzy vibe. The décor is contempory with subdued lighting and a minimalist and pleasing airy environment. Tables are a little too close together which is one of my pet hates and perhaps they could benefit diners by removing a couple of them to make everyone a little more comfortable but that really was my only grumble of the evening.

There are several menus to chose between and of course an a la carte section. However, if you are really in the mood to push the boat out may I suggest the seven course tasting menu which at £52.00 a head strikes me as a relative bargain.

We opted for the ‘Taste of Spring’ menu which has to be ordered by everyone on the table. This is four courses and priced again at what I considered a very reasonable £42.50.

We began with a wonderfully fresh white crab meat starter served with a splendid combination of tastes in the form of an avocado puree, tatziki mousse and a crispy parmesan tuile wafer. The delicate flavours mingling beautifully on the palate, indeed like a fresh taste of spring as the menu suggested. With this we drank a glass of Austrian Gruner Vetliner - a fresh and crisp accompaniment. To follow we had a plate of beautifully presented, perfectly cooked pan-fried sea bream, served with a buttery sauce, asparagus spears, pea puree and pink grapefruit. We had a glass of richly flavoured white Burgundy, Rully Vincent 2005. By special request my guest had an extra course of seared foie gras served with artichoke and a glass of Vouvray ‘97 which with its slight sweetness complemented superbly. A plate of picture perfect well-flavoured Cornish spring lamb came with glazed baby carrots, pomme puree and thyme jus and served with a glass of silky smooth sensational Italian red wine - Cave Di Barro Vallee D‘Aoste 2004.

I have to comment at this point that this meal was very well thought as it was balanced with portions being just the right size to avoid overload. Thus allowing me enough room to continue and finish with the set menu pudding - a refreshing citrus fruit bavarois served with a blackcurrant sorbet. A choice of two pudding wines were provided to conclude our meal. A Spanish Priorat ‘06 and a Italain Vermentino Sardengna ‘05. Our preference being for the latter with its sweet orchid nose and rich depth of flavours.

Overall we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. To summarise this is a little gem of a restaurant and if you stick to the set menus I think you will leave, as I did, feeling pleasantly sated and with a bill that won’t break the bank.

Louise Elgin. May 2009.

Taste of Spring 4 course menu £42.50 per guest.
Served with accompanying wines + £28.00pp

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