Blanchette | soho

I got treated to Blanchette by a great friend of mine. Her support for laymytable knows no bounds and her love of food and willingness to try new things is adventurous and something I admire in her greatly.

I knew a little about the restaurant, mainly that it was small plates and served French cuisine. Upon arrival, on a warm September night, I could see the overspill onto the street from the end of the block. Inside, it was bustling. It’s small, not overcrowded, intimate and has a really wonderful ambience. It’s bohemian Paris crossed with Greenwich Village vintage; a heavenly combination, I sure you’ll agree.

We chose eclectically, picking dishes from each section on the menu. Bread and butter to start which was incredibly satisfying and then dishes were served as and when they were ready.

The most aesthetically pleasing was the octopus. This came thinly sliced with a beautifully creative salad mix in a light, refreshing dressing. It was absolutely out of this world. photo 4

The daube of pig cheeks, I really can’t bear food described as body parts, were unbelievably perfect. They photograph like a muddy puddle so I will simply have to describe. It arrived in a small pot, like a mini casserole, it was succulent, and it could practically be inhaled, it was so soft and rich in flavour.
The Croque Monsieur was crispy, simple and I could have eaten ten more and the Charcuterie Board was full of sweet, spicy and garlicky goodness, thinly sliced to perfection.
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This place is romantic, it’s cosy, it somehow seems perfect for both summer and winter and it just embodies what I always crave; somewhere with personality, somewhere independent in spirit, in cuisine and that serves incredible food. Soho is clearly filled with amazing restaurants left, right and centre, but this is part of the elite, without being elitist.
Rate: 4.9
9 D’Arblay St, London W1F 8DR
020 7439 8100
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