Like most people, since Coronavirus changed the way we live and work, I haven’t been in the office since March. So as a “reunion special,” one of my colleagues organised a cocktail making class for us to get re-acquainted face to face and have some fun. I was fortunate, in that the location that they were treating us to, was a French restaurant named Pied à Terre, which as you may have guessed from the thumbnail, is a Michelin star establishment. And having never been to Michelin star restaurant, you can imagine my excitement!
Food - 8/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 9.5/10
Value for Money - 7/10
One of the best customer services I have come across with an excellent cocktail making class.
Price range: ££££
Telephone: 020 7636 1178
Address: 34 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NH
Nearest Station: Goodge St Underground Station
After being greeted at the entry with a glass of white fizz and catching up with colleagues, the hostess of our table gave us warm welcome and briefing of the evening to come. In pairs of two, we would be guided on making three distinct cocktails which will be followed by some food towards the end.
The cocktail making class, in short, was wonderful. The hostess (apologies, I have forgotten her name), guided us through all the ingredients and gave us some really good advice on how to personalise our drinks to favourite our tastebuds and the drinks were really simple to make too. I definitely will be taking home what I learned and with a cocktail set unopened at home, this has given me a great excuse to give it a try :).
1. Seasonal Mule: Spiced Rum (options available were Gin and Vodka), Ginger Beer, Blackberrys, Ice and edible Flowers.
Verdict: Deliciously fruity with an added kick of flavour from the spiced rum
2. Espresso Martini: Spiced Rum (options available were Gin and Vodka), Coffee Syrup, freshly brewed Espresso, Ice, Sugar Syrup.
Verdict: Hands-down my favourite, we actually made this cocktail twice! Usually made with Vodka, we really liked the Spiced Rum in the first cocktail so we went with it again, adding another dimension in flavour.
3. Negroni: Gin, Campari, Sugar Syrup, Ice and slice of Orange.
Verdict: Bitter. Campari was never my favourite drink. So I skimmed on the amount of Campari you should actually use and tried to counter-balance it with some sugar. But the bitter taste was still prevalent.
Two thirds into our class we were served food, which was good timing, alcohol on an empty stomach never ends well. We were provided with, Sourdough Bread; Eggs Kayianna (served in an eggshell, egg white with cheese); Scottish Wagyu Beef Hot Dog; Breakfast Radish.
Although served in small portions, the flavours are to die for. The Wagyu Beef Hotdog, in particular, was outstanding and toppled with restaurant special ketchup which was made from red peppers (a winning solution, just to add), makes it one of the best bites I’ve ever had. (in short, Wagyu, is a particular breed of Cow bred in a specific way in which it provides a rich cut of beef).
All in all, I had a fantastic time at Pied à Terre, it was wonderful to experience the cocktail class and the memorable food. I am not sure of the exact cost of the cost, but I understand it to be in the region of £70 – £90 per person. For myself, dining at a place like this isn’t really affordable, but I would definitely consider this an excellent place to celebrate a memorable occasion.