Pied a Terre … will it rise again?

When I visited: A few times from 2011-2012

Location: London, Mayfair

Team: Andy McFadden (Head Chef), David Moore (founding Director)

Rating in the Michelin Guide: 1 star (used to have 2 stars)

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 3/5

What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress

Ambience: Fun, posh European atmosphere

Course of the meal: Pan-Fried Fillet of of Lock Duart Salmon with Violet Artichokes, Cornish Squid, Baby Basil and Piquillo Peppers

If I could change one thing: More consistent service

Review:

When I first visited Pied a Terre (the sister restaurant of L’Autre Pied) I really enjoyed it and at the time it had 2 Michelin stars, which I felt that it thoroughly deserved in terms of the quality of food. Since then, unfortunately it has had a bit of a fall “de terre” and lost one of those stars.

I don’t wholly disagree with this decision of the all-knowing Michelin committee as on my last visit there I ordered a cocktail which they struggled to make (in fact we saw someone coming back to the restaurant with the orange juice from a supermarket!) but I do remember that the food and drink was very impressive apart from that, so I would still recommend a visit. Hopefully Pied a Terre will take the chance to improve and regain its former status in the future.

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