Neil Frame 07/01/70


Blanchette | Soho Restaurant

Generally, you should approach French food with caution.

It might be poisson.

That is, unless, you’re eating it at an establishment like the impeccably turned out Blanchette. Tucked down a Soho side street, it’s a cosy, rustic French bistro with Art Nouveau tiled walls and exposed brickwork, Bentwood bar stools, and shabby chic cabinets lifted straight out of a Provençal farmhouse, all adorned with artfully chaotic arrangements of wildflowers.

It’s run by French brothers Yannis and Maxim Alary (with their third brother Malik in charge of music), with the aim of creating a convivial atmosphere surrounding good food and drink. And of course, like all households with three brothers, they’ve decided to achieve this through sharing, with a menu made up of small plates and heftier portions that can be plated up at the table like an old-school family feast.

Blanchette Soho

The bar snack-style nibbles range from classic charcuterie boards and creamy, oozing cheeses to more artfully constructed dishes like duck rillettes with spicy pickled endive on sourdough toast, and of course the requisite crispy frogs legs.

Amping up a size to the sharing plates, the theme here is ‘French classics with a twist’ – so you’ll find dishes like rare grilled tuna with Provençal aubergines and tenderstem broccoli; confit duck leg with rosemary and white beans; and pork ribeye with wild garlic, black pudding and pea purée. For dessert, you can either choose from their sweet dishes (including the ultimate apple tarte fine with vanilla ice cream, and crème brûlée with candied ginger biscuits) or try out one of their dessert cocktails, like the salted caramel martini or the Dinner After 8, which is exactly what you’re hoping it is.

And absolutely 0% poisson.


NOTEBlanchette Soho is open daily from noon-11pm (9pm Sun), and you can book a table on their website HERE.

Blanchette | 9 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8DR 

Fully booked? Pop across the road to Copita

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9 D'Arblay Street, Soho, Central London, W1F 8DR
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020 7439 8100

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