Utterly petite with a tempting menu and lively jazz soundtrack, this French bistrot really hits the spot
A sepia-toned slice of France, brought to Soho by brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik, Blanchette is a constant reminder of the simple pleasures in life. Rustically scruffy, long-sticked candles sit atop reclaimed wood tables, around which are mismatched, could-be-comfier chairs, but no matter - you’ll be so preoccupied with the menu and brocante bric-a-brac, that you’ll barely notice.
From charcuterie to cheese, beignets and rillettes, you’ll find everything you’d expect of an authentic French bistro. Arriving as diet-destroying, tapas-style dishes, dispatched in any order the kitchen pleases, a laissez faire attitude is what this boîte thrives upon. Succulent frogs legs with a zingy Bois Boudran sauce jostle for the limelight, but it’s the braised lamb shoulder with anchovy that steals it. As far as sides go, the frites with buttery béarnaise are dangerously good. And carrying just as much appeal as the food, is the gratifyingly affordable and utterly gluggable wine list. One of London’s unsung heroes, Blanchette appeals to far more than just Francophiles.
Top Table: Breathe in, there's little room to manoeuvre, so get snug and cosy up in a corner.
Dress Code: Sneakers and jeans - anything goes.
9 D'Arblay St, London W1F 8DR