Les 110 de Taillevent is the Gardinier family’s sleek London outpost of the revered two star Michelin restaurant in Paris. ‘110 wines by the glass’ as the name translates is their speciality, making this a vino lover’s paradise.
Designed by the legendary Pierre-Yves Rochon, the restaurant exudes a warm and chic brasserie style décor emphasising rich earthy tones much like the wines being served. Beautiful commissioned pieces of art are displayed on the walls.
We decided to go for the Summer Set Menu. Each wine is matched to each dish, with prices ranging from £6-20 per glass – this being an innovative idea rather than just a gimmick. They even had little paper discs at the bottom of each glass indicating the wine you were drinking. We were served divine fluffy little hot rolls with comte and gruyere cheese to start with and we nearly snatched the waitress’ hand as she attempted to move the plate!
1st Course – Pea Veloute (Egg and almond) – was light and flavoursome, whetting our appetite.
2nd Course – Boullabaisse – (Cod, mussels,seaweed potatoes, aioli) – a very generous portion, beautifully presented with the aioli setting the cod off nicely.
3rd Course – Veal rump – this was so succulent with a hint of chorizo, served with sweetbreads and green beans.
Red Fruit Vacherin – this dessert was the icing on the cake (pun intended). Little meringue layered discs with a raspberry sorbet in between which bursts in your mouth, surrounded by sliced strawberries and dollops of vacherin (cow’s milk cheese).
We had to leave!
(Les 110 de Taillevent, Cavendish Square, London W1)
By Diane Bilimoria, London