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Blanchette (Restaurant)

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9 D’Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F 8DR
Cuisine: French
Tel: 02074398100 | Email to Blanchette | Transport: Oxford Circus | Write review

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Top 10 things we learned about Blanchette restaurant when we visited:

1) Soho is best for small plates: Polpo, Dehesa, and Fernandez & Wells provide the Italian and Spanish cuisine; and now, the French have joined the party with new restaurant Blanchette. Bring on the charcuterie, choucroute, béarnaise, and snails en persillade!

2) Soho is best for romance: hot dates should take a pew at the shelf in the front window, use words like “berries”, “fullness” and “balance” when deliberating over the fine Burgundy 2011, and admire Soho as it trundles by outside.

3) Soho is best for sociable drinking and dining: this cute bistro is great for catching up with friends in central London, especially shoulder-to-shoulder on the bar stools where eavesdropping potential is high.

4) Soho is best for champagne: how else does one begin a French meal if not with a, what I shall call, Great Gatsby style glass of fizz?

5) Soho is best for shabby chic: homely French farmhouses are available right here in London. Bare brick walls, old crockery, posh cutlery, rustic furnishings and c'est la cuisine d'une mère française. Blanchette is mother to restaurant owners Maxime, Yannis and Malik. Mum’s influence is clearly seen over the place, and not just its name.

6) Soho is best for cosmopolitan London: we counted at least six accents and languages in our vicinity.

7) Soho is best for rich food and light wines: the Folle Blanche 2011 was sweet and inoffensive, in a Katy Perry kind of way. Like her, it also goes well with anything rich: fish, cheese, pork, duck, lamb, anchovy, and foie gras, to name but a few that we demolished.

8) Soho is best for beat-heavy, French house music: but only in the right situation. In this subdued, conversational restaurant it seemed incongruous. Is this what they listen to in French kitchens? Je ne sais pas. Apparently, live music will soon be occurring regularly in this diminutive bistro. Sensitive ears need not apply.

9) Soho is best for cosy dinners: water and wine glasses; fancy bottle of Evian; three recommended small plates per person; all equals limited table surface area. Therefore, make friends with the adjacent table by sharing your brown paper bag of hot bread and establish a foothold on the edge of their domain.

10) Soho is best for service: the élan of the Alary brothers and their zippy staff puts smiles on all faces.
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