La Poule au Pot
231 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UT
- Sloane Square Tube Station (0.3 km)
- Victoria (0.8 km)
- Victoria Railway Station (0.5 km)
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7 reviews of La Poule au Pot in English
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A cracking French restaurant in one of my favourite parts of London. As authentic you can get outside of France - food wonderful, wine special and service as arrogant as you would expect. The restaurant food is pretty affordable so to encourage you to splash out a bit more on the wine list. Came here for a romantic evening for two and it didn't disappoint. A place to come back to for shizzle.
This is one of my favourite restaurants in London when I feel like a real treat - it’s expensive and definitely not somewhere most of us can go every week but it’s really great on every level if you’re up for something more pricey. It’s on a lovely street with great antique shops if you fancy window shopping before you eat. When you go into the restaurant it’s incredibly romantic - lots of dried flowers and hops hanging from the ceiling that make it really intimate and are not in any way naff!. The staff are all French with very heavy accents. The food is just fantastic - from crab to steak, onion tart, cassoulet, dover sole, everything I’ve eaten there has been really well cooked. The vegetables are particularly good, especially the pureed brussel spouts which I’ve seen scoffed down by people who don’t even like sprouts! Puddings are delicious (if you have room) and I can’t recommend this highly enough.
We decided to move on towards a bite to eat. 'Lets go to somewhere in Pimlico’ came the inspired suggestion - 'near to the Orange’.
So we zig-zagged our way from Battersea Bridge to the little square in Pimlico by Mozart’s House and targeted the lovely French restaurant that sits on the corner with all the pretty pavement tables.
The signs, even at seven, were not good as there seemed to be large and small groups arriving with reservations from all directions.
“Give me a minute”, winked the maitre d’, “Do you mind an outside table?”. We smiled and a few minutes later were sitting in a prime spot outside watching the world go by.
Then four hours of chatter blissed past us and as darkness descended the candle on our table started to have a purpose in the balmy evening. A lovely supper, great food, wine and company and then we all headed back towards a midnight Chelsea.
The restaurant left me with a bitter taste in the mouth. I knew already that it was a famous restaurant and that it doesn't need any more advertising but it doesn't mean that the service should correspond to the parisian standards.
The waiters can show a weird sense of humour and were probably quite stressed but it can't please everyone each time. My champagne reminded me of a sparkling wine I met before but the red wine was really enjoyable.
Food review now... This was not very constant. My duck and foie gras was amazing and completely lived up to my expectations but my boyfriend's red meat would have been better less burnt on the outside. The sides were delicious and quite interesting (broccoli puree for example).
All in all, it has been a good night, the venue is great and the atmosphere was nice but I can't help but feel a little disappointed... If I get invited, I may get back there to try and work out of it can be better than what I've seen...
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