Harden's survey result
“Beautiful, light, fresh sharing plates” bring a taste of Mediterranean sunshine to a glam Mayfair crowd at this spin-out of a famous Côte d’Azur haunt – “not the usual cream and butter of French cooking, but delectable!”. Although, just as in the South of France, the arrival of the bill can induce a mild seizure. Chef Raphael Duntoye has tweaked the original formula here for the London market – “it’s nothing like the Nice original” – which he has since exported to the Middle East, Miami and most recently Hong Kong.
“Always top of its game and up there with the best” is how we’ve customarily reviewed this glam Mayfair haunt, just around the corner from Claridges, which perennially attracts a Côte d’Azur-style crowd with its sunny, gorgeously light sharing plates and easygoing “busy and buzzy” glamour. Its ratings took a bit of a dip this year, however – it’s always been “a bit too expensive” but hitherto no-one has seemed to mind.
“Stunning French (but not stereotypically French) sharing plates” that really “taste of their ingredients” help induce a happy, if “noisy” buzz at this little piece of the Côte d’Azur, just around the corner from Claridges. “It caters to a Mayfair clientele, who obviously love it (and can afford it)”, and “whilst it’s ridiculously expensive, it’s always enjoyable”.
“The wonderful flavours of Southern Europe” (“sharing plates, that are not your typical French food: much lighter and fresher”, prepared to “an incredibly high standard” and with “everything tasting of its ingredients and the sun!”) – plus a “fantastic”, Côte d’Azure atmosphere to match, inspire “simply outstanding” feedback on Arjun Waney’s “busy and noisy” Mayfair haunt… even if “prices are flabbergasting” and “it’s something of a hedge fund canteen”.
La Petite Maison Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Veryenjoyable lunch. Food of the highest standard."
|Wine per bottle||£38.50|
Petite Maison W1
Not often do you get four national newspapers reviewing the same new restaurant on the same weekend. All raves too. Must be something special going on. Bungs? No way: with the price of a bent review starting around £10k (according to one leading critic), costs would quickly become excessive,
No, the reason is that La Petite Maison has form. You've probably never heard of Arjun Waney, but he's the main man behind Knightsbridge's Zuma. As smash hits don't get much more bigger than that, it's not surprising that critics all wanted to pile in to his latest opening. And the 'back' story is good too. The original La Petite Maison is in glamorous Nice, so the critic can impress with his or her worldly-wiseness, (or, failing that, regurgitate the bit in the press release about how Elton John goes there).
We visited before it became clear that this was going to be one of the most synchronised raves of the year, and we'd have to say the place struck us as thoroughly pleasant. Handily sited just off Bond Street, it's light, bright and elegant in a classic style that the French can do so well, and service is generally entirely in keeping.
The food was good too. Classic provenÃ§ale dishes, largely in a trendy small-plate format, but with a few bigger dishes for those who want them (or, as one is instructed, for sharing). In fact, everything was fine and dandy, but not quite to the point that we shared the delirium that seems to have seized so many other reviewers. But that's really beside the point. With this location, this backer, these reviews and the hype machine in full swing this place is going to be where the action is for the next few months. Until something hotter comes along, of course.
54 Brook's Mews, London, W1K 4EG
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Sunday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|