Soho, Fitztrovia, Covent Garden

Blanchette Soho

Blanchette Soho

Blanchette is from three brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary who are launching a "French bistro serving simple, classic and inventive French food". Similar to Salt Yard, it's primarily based around sharing "French tapas" plates. Look out for its sister restaurant in Shoreditch too.

Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 2 AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on August 17, 2014
"There was more to eat, but none of it merited memory or recommendation. Sometimes, a short, sharing review is the kindest thing." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7.5 Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on June 21, 2014
"And so I make bold to say that Blanchette is the Apple Store Genius Bar with food: a place where young people, full of zeal, are making the world a better place and smiling as they go. And we old gits, quite frankly, are lucky to be allowed in." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
Grace Dent Evening Standard Estimated score
Reviewed on May 01, 2014
"Blanchette is more of a pit stop than a final destination, but then again, as a Londoner, that’s pretty much how I feel about all of France." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on April 20, 2014
"Another dish arrives containing a deep puddle of lentils braised in sticky brown chicken jus and scattered with crisp shards of duck-confit skin. It was a superb base, just not for the piece of confit salmon that lay on top of it." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Richard Godwin Evening Standard
Reviewed by March 20, 2014
"Not that Soho-French is in any way dislikable. Goujonette with sauce gribiche were fish fingers with tartare sauce and dull, but the pissaladiere was a good nibble, sweet, slow-cooked onions spiked with dirty anchovy on crisp pastry." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on March 16, 2014
"Leeks vinaigrette with wild mushrooms and frisée lettuce was one of those dishes that you don’t expect much from, and blows you away: the leeks were so intense, it was like going on a five-minute mini-break to some gîte-ecolo that specialises in leeks." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Emma Sturgess Metro
Reviewed on January 30, 2014
"We’ve had our hearts broken by some of the past year’s French openings but Blanchette is much better, much more fun, than those." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on January 06, 2014
"Blanchette captures the France of the imagination. It’s a delightful rus in urbe in Soho with its bare brick walls, stripped furniture and objets d’art. The Francophone staff are a little bit amateurish, but very enthusiastic and fluent in English. Quite unlike real Parisian waiters, then." READ REVIEW

 
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Address: 9 D'Arblay St, London W1F 8DR

Telephone number: 020 7439 8100

Cuisine: French

  • Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

  • Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

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