Harden's survey result
“A truly world-class representative of London dining” – the Pic family’s “plush” two-year-old, within a monumental five-star hotel (the Port of London Authority’s former HQ), provides a “stunning-if-pricey” destination that nowadays ranks in London’s culinary top tier; and its heart-of-the-city location by Tower Hill makes it a natural for wining and dining particularly important prospects. The “calm, white-walled dining room” provides a “chic” and “beautiful” setting for a meal, service is “attentive but un-pushy”, but its highest rated feature is its “sensational”, “superbly refined” modern French cuisine.
“Amazing food with amazing attention to detail”, backed up by a formidable wine list, have made this “glossy” yearling, within the palatial ex-HQ of the Port of London Authority (by the Tower of London), a “superb addition to London’s top-rank restaurants” and a feather-in-the-cap for the Pic family (from Valence, in SE France) who run it. As an imposing backdrop to a business meal it’s particularly well-suited, but other diners are a bit unsure about the design: “it can seem a little disjointed with different styles and spaces, one part modern with white tiles, another Art Deco with black mirrors and banquettes – this doesn’t spoil the experience but could have enhanced it further”.
An “excellent addition to the City” – this high-ceilinged arrival occupies the gobsmackingly grand, ex-HQ of the old Port of London Authority, near the Tower of London: since January 2017, the second outpost of Four Seasons Hotels in the capital. The dining room – run by the Pic family, who run a much-fêted, Gallic dining empire dating to 1889 in Valence, SE France – is an instant hit with expense-accounters, and wins bouquets from most foodies too for the “sophisticated” and “intense” cuisine from ex-Apsleys chef Luca Piscazzi. There are niggles too: the space – “romantic” to fans – can seem too “blingy” to critics, flavour combinations strike some reporters as “odd”, and, perhaps inevitably, it can all seem “way overpriced”.
La Dame de Pic London is the first UK outpost from acclaimed French Chef Anne-Sophie Pic. Anne-Sophie began her culinary career at the age of 23 at her family’s restaurant, Maison Pic in Valence, south-eastern France. With no formal training, in 2007, she became only the fourth female chef in history to be awarded three Michelin stars and since then has gone on to open restaurants in Lausanne and Paris.
La Dame de Pic London will showcase Anne-Sophie’s passion for unexpected flavour combinations with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. The 78 cover restaurant, which has been designed by Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille of Paris-based architects 4BI & Associates, offers a welcoming and relaxed environment with natural wood flooring, curved leather banquettes, columns covered with beveled mirrors and paper artwork by Marianne Guely.
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La Dame de Pic London Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Some of the best food I have eaten in London. The desert was probably the best I have ever eaten. The sophistication yet subtlety of flavour sets it apart. Wine pairing was adventurous and insightful. Service friendly and assured."
10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AJ
|Monday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|