Having read about the reasonably-priced L’Autre Pied, the sister restaurant of Michelin-starred Pied à Terre, in the national press, I couldn’t wait to sample some Michelin-starred cuisine without breaking the bank. So on a very rainy Sunday in Marylebone, it was only a hair-raising drive from Berkshire to our hotel and an expensive Tube ticket later that we found ourselves outside the very quiet L’Autre Pied. The fact that we’d booked for 12.00 (it was all they’d had left, even a couple of months in advance), meant we got to dine in peaceful leisure; by 13.00, it was full and thriving. Private dining options are also available (book in advance)

Service was impeccable and discreet at all times, and a selection of complimentary (warm – appreciated given the rain) nut and seed breads was forthcoming in seemingly unlimited supply. A range of menus is available according to whether you are there in the week or at the weekend, in the daytime or in the evening, whether you want a set menu or to eat à la carte, or whether you want something simple and seasonal or an extravagant £62 8-course tasting menu. Despite the array of choice, the staff are there to cater to your every need (the aforementioned tasting menu is even available in an alternative version for herbivores) and whim without being overbearing, and the experience is 100% pleasant and uncomplicated.

The starter of risotto was creamy, light and flavourful, and while the delicately-seasoned white fish was somewhat forgettable, the perfectly-cooked guinea fowl more than made up for it on the other side of the table. The bitter chocolate crème with which we ended the meal provided an intense hit of flavour, and left us feeling satisfied in the extreme.

While the wine list is sadly a little expensive, it provides everything that you could want whether your budget is limited or you are more of a connoisseur. We enjoyed wines from Europe (a Macon for him, and an enjoyable white from either Austria or Hungary for me – I’m flawed, I don’t remember which) during our meal and certainly could have been tempted by the Rivesaltes by way of a dessert wine!

The bill came to around £80 for the two of us, which is a little expensive for a lunch, but not for a Michelin star. You could argue, though, that for a Michelin star you expect more innovation – but for the sheer quality of the food, discretion of the staff, changing seasonal menus and the sumptuousness of its nature-themed surroundings, I would go back in an instant.

5-7 Blandford Street, London W1 3DB

020 7486 9696

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