November 2017: an all-day 'hideout bar' has opened on the second floor, serving wines from the phenomenal Pied À Terre list, plus cheese platters for the peckish. No booking required.
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“David Moore runs a tight ship to maintain standards” and his “comfortable” Fitzrovia townhouse represents “perfection” for its many fans on account of its “unfailingly impressive” cuisine, “awesome” wines, and “good but not overly solicitous service”. There’s an undertow on ratings however, from sceptics who are slightly less wowed – they say “it’s not a bad place, but for these prices perhaps a bit, well… beige”. The griping is from a small minority though – overall this remains one of London’s highest-achieving foodie temples. (There has been a lot of change afoot here post-survey. Popular sommelier and co-owner Mathieu Germond announced he was to leave to establish nearby Noize, and in September 2017 chef Andy McFadden moved on, with Asimakis Chaniotis moving up within the ranks.)
“In spite of another chef change, it goes from strength to strength!” – David Moore’s “intimate” Fitzrovia townhouse is one of the capital’s most enduring havens of gastronomy, with “very precise, fine attention to every detail”. “Staff are charming from start to finish” and Andy McFadden’s “assured” cuisine can be “extraordinary” (“he makes the food burst into life!”) There’s “one of the best cellars in London” too, presided over by the “helpful and hugely knowledgeable sommelier”, Mathieu Germond.
David Moore’s “perennially excellent!” foodie temple in Fitzrovia remains one of London’s prime gastronomic ‘heavy hitters’ – service is “outstanding”, the “very clever” cuisine is “a joy”, and a friendly sommelier oversees a “treasure trove” of wine. Stop Press – chef Marcus Eaves left in early September 2015, but David Moore has a good track record of attracting the best talent here.
Marcus Eaves’s “fabulous food, beautifully presented” maintains David Moore’s “plush” Fitzrovia fixture as one of the capital’s foremost foodie temples; the ambience can seem “stuffy” though (going on “dull”, if you sit at the front).
Corporate Hospitality or a celebration party
If you’re looking for somewhere that’s beautifully appointed, exudes style, serves exquisite cuisine and has understated yet perfect service, then Pied à Terre is for you.
To enquire call 020 7636 1178
Our second floor private bar can entertain up to 25 guests and is the perfect exclusive London party venue. Sip chilled champagne whilst savouring delicious canapés.
To enquire call 020 7636 1178
Private Dining Room
For smaller parties of up to 13, relax in the beautifully appointed private dining room where you can enjoy a selection of menus from £55 per person (lunch) with optional wine flights.
This includes your own room on the private second floor with dedicated butler style service at no extra cost. Sublime food, professional and discreet service and a wine list to knock the socks off most cellars in London, it’s a winning combination.
For the ultimate celebration and to really impress, enjoy an exclusive takeover. The option to entertain up to 40 guests in the restaurant makes this a popular corporate hospitality venue, birthday party venue and wedding reception venue.
Pied À Terre Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The food was original and interesting with a magnificent wine list. The sommelier was outstanding but the cost of the meal was ridiculously expensive, simply not worth it."
"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."
"Tasting menu was excellent. Wine pairings were good, but not outstanding."
"Most disappointing - went their for our annual Xmas lunch as an alternative to Rules but waiters standing around staring at us, popping over at inopportune moments and serving quite amateurishly made us wonder if it was a training exercise.The a la carte lunch at £65 wans't a patch on Le Gavroche, wine prices were stratospheric, and the final bill was eye watering."
34 Charlotte St, London, W1T 2NH
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|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm|
|Saturday||6 pm-11 pm|