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L'Autre Pied*

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Reviewed by The Wild Boar

We went on a offer – 5 courses for £21. As it not only had a Michelin star, but was the sister restaurant to 2 starred Pied a Terre**, we were hoping for great value for money food.

Entitled “Taste of Spring”, the 5 course menu had a choice of one per course, so that bit was easy enough. The bread on offer, made in store, were warm and filling but was a little on the hard side. Also the rosemary bread had far too much salt on it.

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Cod Brandade Croquette, Tartare Sauce, Baby Wood Sorrel”. Not the most amazing croquette I’ve had (that honour goes to Barrafina or maybe Cambio de Tercio), and it was a little bit too salty. The flavour of the codfish was a bit muted here.

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Chilled Carrot and Ginger Soup, Blood Orange, Cristallized Ginger, Coriander Cress”. On paper, this sounds like something I would hate, but it turned out to be the most intriguing and enjoyable course. The flavours were extremely well balanced here with the sweet carrot playing off the subtle ginger spice while the sweetened crystallised ginger added sharp bursts. In addition, there were two contrasts in textures between the creamy veloute and the foam in the middle.

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Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Potato Fondant, Peas a la Francaise, Tarragon Jus”. The pork belly itself was tender while the crackling was lightly crispy but the fat underlying it made it chewy and sticky (we spent ages discreetly getting it off our gums). I quite liked the simple addition of the peas and broadbeans while the jus added a lovely flavour. Good thing we liked pork too.

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Elderflower and Mint Granita, Raspberry Sorbet”. The granita was incredibly refreshing with the mint and had just enough sweetness to help even out the sourness of the raspberry sorbet but still remain a mouthwash instead of a dessert.

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Milk Chocolate Mousse, Thai Basil Ice Cream”. An incredibly rich mousse with just the right level of sweetness, but I did think it could have been a little bit smoother. Also the pie layer at the bottom felt a bit damp and dull. The addition of basil into the ice cream made it more interesting while the pistachio crunch underneath the ice cream added a textural component.

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Dinner for us two including a glass of red wine for the PigPig came up to £55. The service felt quite warm and friendly and we were waited upon by a Thierry Henry-lookalike.

Food – 8.0
Service – 6.0
Atmosphere – 6.0
Value – 6.5

Highly impressed by the starter and the mouthwash, happy with the main and dessert, not too thrilled by the amuse-bouche. I felt that the dishes were reasonably well balanced and well thought out with each bit complimenting each other.

Best bit: the soup.
Worst bit: incredibly salty rosemary bread.

L'Autre Pied
5-7 Blandford Street
London W1U 3DB
Tel:+44(020) 7486 9696
Official website

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