Blanchette has an understated entrance on D’Arblay Street in Soho. Owned by French brothers Yannis and Maxim Alary and supported by the Salt Yard Group, Blanchette has a similar feel to some of their restaurants; humble sharing food in a rustic setting.
The bar area at Blanchette is surrounded by a wall and window of bar stools, and the décor is, much like the food, classic French Bistro with the occasional modern twist: exposed bricks and mismatched furniture, complemented by warm, low lighting.
The menu is broken up into Snacks, Charcuterie, Cheese and a selection of small ‘tapas’ plates under the headings of Meat, Fish and Vegetable.
We started with a Charcuterie board consisting of Jambon Sec de Montagne (£4.00) and Noix D’épaule (£4.00) with freshly baked bread. Both meats were delicious and arrived as a generous serving enough for 2-3 people.
For mains we opted for a combination of Fish, Meat and Vegetable (waiting staff advise 2-3 plates per person for the table). Warm Confit of Salmon with Duck, Puy lentils and Herbs (£6.75) was a delicately flavoured and wholesome dish.
Ox Cheeks Bourguignon with Ventreche (£8.00) is served in an individual casserole dish and was the highlight of our dinner.
Three extremely tender pieces of meat sat in a dark, rich sauce; a classic French dish done very well, accompanied perfectly by Cote du Rhone Domaine la Mirandol (£20.00 for a Carafe).
Black Pudding, Char-grilled Pork Belly with spiced Quince and Parsnip purée (£6.75) isn’t as rich as it sounds – the dish was pleasantly balanced thanks to the sweetness of the purée.
Blanchette Soho serves comforting, good quality food but the service still needs some work. While they were very friendly, service was a little disorganised, with some timing issues.
Do note that space is short, and the dishes arrive staggered, so eat each plate as it arrives to avoid over-crowding on the table. A private dining room is also available seating 14 to 16 guests.
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