Blanchette Soho is a tiny restaurant with a big character.
My mum-in-law would call this place ‘darling’ – and she’d be right! At this darling French Bistro they serve small plates alongside an effortlessly cool soundtrack by waitresses with soft French accents.
You’d have thought it was simply for the romantic at heart but Blanchette Soho was bustling with business suits, groups of friends and diners flying solo too.
You’ll find it enjoying a place on the top lists of places to eat in Soho and this is certainly not the only review written about this petit restaurant. But, I’m here because I think we shouldn’t miss out on all the fun…
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First impressions are a warm and friendly welcome. It’s worth mentioning at this point that this isn’t a sponsored post and at this point no-one knew I was hoping to blog about it.
Wooden stools lined neatly along the bar where places are set ready for lunch. I imagine it would feel very cool to pop in for lunch with a mate from work. I even think you could fly solo here with out feeling awkward at all.
We admire the painted tiles as were led to our table and feel caught up in the cool music playing through the teenie restaurant. Our table was at the back of the restaurant.
This bistro has a French countryside chic interior with mismatched chairs, rustic vintage furniture and bare brick walls.
You feel welcomed by a homely warmth accentuated by warm low lighting and a collection of nicknacks. It’s full of charm.
We immediately ordered a couple of drinks having spent a busy few hours running around London streets.
We were sat in a row of small tables disarmingly close to one another but very much like you’ll find in Paris. Don’t expect to talk in private on one of these tables, until the restaurant fills and the general hum filters personal mutterings out.
Don’t be put off by this, I defy you not to have fun here!
The menu is on two sides of the menu and is clearly set out. It is designed around small plates to share – like tapas, but French.
I get weird with sharing plates, I feel I can’t keep track on how much I’m eating. My husband on the other hand loves them – it gives him a chance to try more dishes.
We started with a new ‘snacks’.
It wasn’t until I had teared a few muscles off these legs that I even thought to ask my husband what animal they may have originated from (too busy supping my cocktail when he ordered).
By then, I had already decided they tasted soft and succulent with that satisfying crunchy coating to go back. Who’d have thought a frog could get that big!!
Usually, my rule of thumb is to only eat things that are pretty or at least handsome. I just have to take a fresh look at frog, that’s all. Snails on the other hand – no, never.
Next came this rather beautiful open sandwich (not quite how they described it). I wouldn’t order it if you were on a first date – it’s super messy to eat – but wonderfully my husband and I felt it perfectly appropriate to nod and grin at each other with bits of chive hanging out our mouths.
Next came the duck leg. Again the meat was cooked wonderfully and was succulent. It wasn’t overly sweet either. The crunchy meat parcels in the beetroot sauce – very moreish! Which was just as well because it’s not super easy to share ‘jambe unique’.
It may have been the quality of the cocktails and the fact that I simply had to have another, that the quality of this photo is slightly below par. But, if I left it out you might not order it then that would be too bad. The meat just fell apart and there was a load of delicious sauce…
Back sipping water. Back on the game.
Make sure you try the pork tenderloin. I rarely cook pork at home – it’s a tricky beast. But, here at Blanchette Soho you can rest assured. The flavours are clean, the textures on point and there is always plenty of light purées and clear sauces to enjoy with the meat.
Now this was my favourite dish. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s the one I would return for…
It was remarkably light, with lemon (I think) cutting through the sweetness. The textures were are dream and I want it in my life – regularly. Blanchette Soho was living up to expectations..!
Having a rest bite, I pop down to see the Private dining room. It is certainly a lovely room. What I would just say is that, like others I’ve seen when the room is placed downstairs, it is you and the loos. My advice – book a smaller party and dine upstairs where it is awesome!
On my return Andy had discovered a rather lovely dessert wine.
Please do not panic about his plaster – the official line is he burnt it on the Green Egg – it’s nothing girly at all – no paper cuts here.
I had this gorgeous Baileys liquor with peppermint. It was served warm, which I hadn’t expected. I loved it.
Although we didn’t need it the desserts sounded marvellous and by this time any considerations about calorie intake had left with the fairies.
I’m so pleased we just went with it, because they were excellent, and so darn pretty I could have cried.
I highly recommend both the desserts. Both were memorable and divine.
I didn’t need the coffee. I drunk it to be polite. But I did appreciate the gorgeous cup…
So, what are you waiting for? Get dolled up, grab a mate or your fella and shindig your way to Blanchette Soho – we had a fabulous time and would be really excited to return.
This is not a sponsored post about Blanchette Soho – I’m just spreading the joy.
9 D’Arblay Street
W1F 8DR, Soho, London
020 7439 8100
Monday to Saturday 12 pm – 11 pm
Sunday and Bank Holiday 12 pm – 9 pm
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