Hot Spot: Barbara Normile eats snails and enjoys the jazz at Piquet

What's it like dining at the modern Anglo-French restaurant in Fitzrovia?

The story
Chef patron Allan Pickett (former head chef at Plateau) and Bodean’s founder, Andre Blais, have combined French and English cuisines using classic techniques and seasonal ingredients, but with a contemporary twist, situated in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia.

The reality
The upstairs Fir Room holds an art deco-style bar and tables for walk-ins, with a menu of smaller, tapas style plates as well as wines, beers, spirits and cocktails. Downstairs a slightly more formal dining room lives up to the French-English modern fusion vibe, with wood panels, vintage British chairs, classic French pewter table tops and an open kitchen. Jazz music contributes to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, which is combined with a fine dining menu and service.
The damage
£135 for two with three courses and wine.

Signature dish
Littlebourne snails (from Kent) and veal sweetbreads are always on the menu but cooked and served according to what’s in season. A deliciously tantalizing menu of meats, fish and shellfish meant we took ages trying to dec­ide what to have – but we weren’t disappointed with our choices.

Dining experience ****
The staff were polite and relaxed, attentive but not overbearing. The restaurant itself was buzzy but not overcrowded and we didn’t feel like we were being rushed through our meal. Great for a business lunch or dinner.
Chances of a last-minute booking ****
We booked two days ahead for a Thursday lunch and didn’t have an issue.
Client wow factor ***
A great balance of amazing food with attentive service and friendly atmosphere certainly hit the spot.
Overall ****
A relaxed vibe with fine-dining food.

92-94 Newman St
London W1T 3EZ
020 3826 4500

Reviewed by Barbara Normile, associate director, Publicasity

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