Expect the unexpected at La Trouvaille on the stylish, cobbled Newburgh Street, just away from the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street in London's Soho.
The setting is reminiscent of a French chateau, with large barrels, well-worn oak floorboards and a scattering of candles. The twist comes in the form of glass tables and chairs, modern etched mirrors and cutlery that curls at the end. Together, they create a well-conceived, eccentric yet serene atmosphere. Indeed, it is the finer details that make La Trouvaille the ideal place to wine and dine journalists or clients.
The service is knowledgeable, discreet and thick with French accents. The waiters will share philosophies and methods behind the menu and ingredients to whet your appetite.
The evening menu is served as a two- or three-course option. Bread is served the 'French way', presented in a basket. The food looks as good as it tastes. I recommend the 'cannon de mouton' served with braised lettuce presented beautifully plaited. The 'crumble au coing epice' dessert is delectable and the 'fondant au chocolat' delightfully bitter, served with ginger ice-cream.
The wine list is extensive, organic and all sourced from southern France; you are quite spoilt for choice. Be warned: you must book in advance.
Where: 12a Newburgh Street, London W1
Contact: 020 7287 8488
How much: £29.50 or £35 (2 or 3 courses)