Pied à Terre
34 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NH
Tel. 020 76361178
Food type: French
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road
I was in London for the day for an update course at the Royal Society of Medicine. Having paid £40 for my train ticket I thought it would have been a good idea to have dinner in London as well. Given the central location of the Royal Society of Medicine, there were options aplenty. I decided to revisit Pied à Terre where they have a new head chef in place. I have not revisited Pied à Terre since Marcus Eaves left (to head up the kitchen at Oblix) late last year. He has been replaced by the L’Autre Pied’s head chef, Andy McFadden who was previously sous chef under Shane Osbourne at Pied à Terre. I have eaten at L’Autre Pied when Andy was head chef there although I was not very impressed with the cooking there. It was certainly tasty and well cooked, but just lacking magic. I do appreciate however the fact that he was leading a kitchen where the chefs are generally less experienced and there is a greater restriction placed on food costing. Having given Andy sufficient time to settle back into his ‘new’ kitchen and imposing his cooking style on his menu, a revisit was very much called for.
We were first to arrive for our early (6pm) table. In fact for a good hour or so we were the only people in the main dining room. We were recognised by the the front of house staff upon arrival even with Matthieu not around this evening. I’m very impressed with the staff retention at Pied à Terre where most of the front of house staff were familiar faces. In London’s restaurant business, the turnaround of front of house staff is very high so David Moore must clearly be doing something right to be able to retain his staff. Restaurant manager Julien offered to arrange a surprise tasting menu for us which we took him up on.