It was a pleasant surprise to find that Pied a Terre had never featured in this column before as it gave me a chance to revisit an old favourite - although there is nothing old about this restaurant, as it was extensively refurbished after a major fire last year. Situated in London's Fitzrovia, you could be forgiven for not noticing it in the lively thoroughfare packed full of eateries.
Pied a Terre is a grown-up and contemporary dining experience. It holds the distinction of two Michelin stars and I am told it is aiming for a third. The modern French food is original and exquisite and there is a well-chosen wine list.
On this occasion my chosen starter was open salmon ravioli with a prawn broth - lovely jubbly. But the main course outdid the first - roasted sea bream on a bed of baby scallops, avocado and smoked salmon.
The decor is also worth a mention. The tables are well spaced and the staff are knowledgeable yet unobtrusive, which makes the venue ideal for one-to-one briefings. Along with the refurbishment came the addition of a stylish first-floor bar, which is small but ideal for pre-lunch or dinner drinks. There is also a private dining area that would comfortably seat a round table of 12.
Where: 34 Charlotte Street, London W1 Contact: 020 7636 1178 How much: £24.50 for two-course lunch