A really good dinner needs coffee and petit fours.
Beautifully presented in a jewel casket, miniature coffee accompaniments were the perfect end to a lavish meal.
Seven course meals tend to be exhausting affairs and wear me down, so we don’t often go the whole nine yards. (or seven courses as the case may be). This eating marathon, was worth it, just to get to the delectable petit four part. I really don’t know why more restaurants don’t offer petit fours with their coffee, it should be made compulsory, I say! Legislation is needed.
The order of the feast
Pre starters- amuse bouche, + aperitif
Starter (hors d’ oeuvre as the French like to say) + wine
Main meal + more wine
Cheese + even more wine
Dessert + Madeira wine
Coffee & petit fours + digestif (small liqueur or brandy)
Someone please carry me home
Pied a Terre
Is a Michelin Star restaurant in central London. You can make reservation on line, but it is much easier to phone and talk to someone about what you really want. Request to be seated on the larger room as you enter to the right. The other room is way too small, though what may lack in ambiance it compensates in the food and wine stakes…by the way, we don’t know anything about wine and even if we did, we would not be able to compete the the sommelier. We let him choose and have never been disappointed.
Pied a Terre
34 Charlotte St, London W1T 2NH
020 7636 1178
etiquette: What to wear
Keep it simple and non chalant, (but please no sportswear, crumbled un-ironed t shirts, dirty jeans, trainers, (unless veja) baseball hats, or hot pants.) I wore my casual shift dress in washed silk and carried my Kelly pochette. Just the right size for that sort of outing. If you are on the lookout for a small(ish) day to night bag, don’t forget my little Chanel reissue is up for grabs here. 20% of the proceeds go to charity so bid with abandon…
For those who prefer a more rustic & robust French restaurant in London: try lunch here
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