Blanchette Soho

9 D'Arblay Street, London, United Kingdom, W1F 8DR
Critics Review 5/5
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Monday to Saturday 12.00 noon - 11.00 pm
Sunday 12.00 noon - 9.00 pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Private Dining
  • Business Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Free WiFi
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About Blanchette Soho

Blanchette is a French bistro serving simple, classic and inventive French food. Our concept is based on the idea of sharing Small French family dishes with charcuterie plates, homemade terrines, oysters, cheese, whole roasted chicken and apple tart fea­turing on the menu. A fine selection of drinks will also be available, such as French wine and organic cider.

Cuisine: French
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Jay Rayner -Guardian Food & Drink
5/5
Extract from:'Blanchette: restaurant review' by Jay Rayner 20/4/14 What the brothers do, they do lovingly. They will not ask for your email address or your credit-card number. They don't want to send you a Christmas card. They just want to feed you. Blanchette is not a hassle. For that alone I love them. The menu is split between selections of cheese with brilliant names like Tomme d'Abondance, various charcuterie – coppa, truffled saucisson, snacks and small plates. There is a glorious old-school vibe. Crispy frogs legs with bois boudran sauce. Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Observer Crisp deep-fried frogs' legs, to be stripped in one go from the bone with your teeth, come with a sprightly bois boudran sauce of white-wine vinegar, chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, fresh green herbs and Tabasco, which probably hasn't been seen outside the dining room of Le Gavroche since the 1970s. It's just the thing to make deep-fried frogs' legs feel healthy. There are hot, salty, cheese-dusted gougères with liquid, cheesy centres alongside sweet-sour confited onions. There are slices of pissaladière with more confited onions, buttery puff pastry and a generous scattering of salted anchovies. There are slices of deep-fried pigs' ears, which aren't quite as satisfying as other deep-fried bits of pig, but will more than do. These plates cost three or four quid each.
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Visited On Saturday, 12 September 2020

My partner and I were received by friendly staff who apologised gracefully for the changes post Covid and directed us to a seat at the bar, which was perfectly comfortable and quaint, and did not detract whatsoever from the ambience. Throughout the evening, the waiters were laid-back, but very attentive and friendly. The bartender was exemplary, with swift recommendations for wine to accompany our food, and was always at hand, making sure we were well cared for and entertained. The food was first-rate. delicate and delicious.We could not fault anything. 2 mains, plus 2 small plates, bread, water, a carafe of wine and desert for £100. Could it be cheaper? Maybe slightly, but the quality of the food and service was outstanding and well worth a return visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 September 2020

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Visited On Friday, 11 September 2020

Lovely food

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Main dish is nice but unfortunately bread was so hard!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Always a great welcome at lovely Blanchette - a little taste of France in the heart of Soho and now with outdoor dining option

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Visited On Friday, 04 September 2020

We had a really lovely evening at Blanchette for our wedding anniversary. Food and service were excellent. Thoroughly recommended.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 September 2020

Blanchette Soho is the best and never disappoints! I'll be back very soon. Alan

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 September 2020

Great lunch as always

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 September 2020

Excellent service, food was fantastic and the lunchtime offer is ace. Couldn't recommend it higher.

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Visited On Monday, 31 August 2020

What a wonderful night my partner and I had - the food and drinks were delicious, the staff were joyful. We'll definitely be going back!

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Visited On Monday, 31 August 2020

Food was amazing, and service fantastic. First time we have visited, and won't be last. Wishing you all best of luck for rest of year.

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Visited On Monday, 31 August 2020

Amazing, have been a couple of times now and have had excellent food/cocktails and really wonderful service. Highly recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 29 August 2020

Great food, great vibe, great owners

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Visited On Saturday, 29 August 2020

We had a new female member of staff - it was her first day and she did a terrific job! Mark was also excellent - great hosting. Fantastic food - chateaubriand was spot on.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Outstanding! A very simple menu, we tried different cheeses and starters and paired them with wine and everything was delicious. Food is of very high quality. We were sat at the bar and were served by barattender who was super friendly

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Visited On Monday, 24 August 2020

Booked a table here on a Monday night for my partner’s birthday. We’d decided on this restaurant after musing online over many places in Soho. It looked really pretty and cosy in the pictures and there were dishes on the menu we both liked the look of. It was our first night in central since Covid hit so was really looking forward to it. We were shown to our table on arrival, the only table in the middle of the room - all others being against a wall around the edges. It was freezing as there was a big air conditioning unit directly above our heads. We asked to move to another table of 2 and were told no because they were expecting a table of 3. Accepted this (although was strange as they didn’t set it for 3 people and would’ve been pretty tight with social distancing rules to squeeze 3 in there). Anyway, decided to get on with it. We’d pretty much decided on our food choices before we got there...some starters including a cheese and honey pairing followed by mussels, lamb and some sides. Anyway we were quickly disappointed further to learn that mussels had been taken off the menu and the cheese & honey pairings and also the lamb had run out. One of the other fish dishes had run out too. Totally accept menus change and things run out, but the menu here is already extremely limited, so without these dishes and no alternative dishes offered it left almost no choice. We decided to leave. We got a shrug from the waitress on the way out...totally disinterested. Left feeling pretty peeved, no apologies given at all. Such a shame as had such high hopes! Almost ruined the night but thankfully managed to find somewhere nearby for some great tapas. Luckily there are so many other great options in the area. Shame that I am unable to comment on the food quality or value for money as we didn’t get that chance, can only comment on our experience.

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Visited On Monday, 24 August 2020

Service and Food as slick and Tasty as ever

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Visited On Saturday, 22 August 2020

Overall, standard of food and service was good. Wine not great, and the mussels were not particularly fresh and were gritty.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 August 2020

I would AVOID this restaurant. I called post lockdown and the day before our booking to confirm the restaurant had the full menu we saw on the website and they confirmed everything was on the menu. At dinner, there were no lamb croquettes on the menu (but they were on the website) and we were told they weren't doing them. That was disappointing but whatever, it is what it is. We then ordered a few dishes including the cheese and honey pairing. The waitress brought the cheese with NO honey. She didn't say anything and walked off. When I asked about the honey, she said there wasn't any left. Didn't mention it before we ordered, or when the food came, or even offer to do anything about it!! What kind of shoddy service is this?!! To add insult to injury, someone was being trained during dinner service! During our meal, people walked around us showing how to clean tables and where the cutlery was etc. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. We were not impressed at all so we asked for the bill. Our waitress asked if everything was okay with our meal and we said NO. The waitress looked at us for a few seconds then walked away. Didn't even bother to ask what was wrong or why we were unhappy. What's worse is I specifically emailed the management team ahead of time to let them know it was a meal for my partner's birthday but nothing was said, done, and the experience was one of the WORST I've had. I have lived in over 5 major cities around the world and this was in my WORST 3 experiences. AVOID!

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Visited On Thursday, 20 August 2020

Food was banging, as was the wine and the ambiance.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 August 2020

We really enjoyed our lunch thank you so much! Already been telling lies of my friends to go there Dinan

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Visited On Monday, 17 August 2020

Blanchette Soho is by far the best restaurant in Soho, if not the whole westend! The food, service and attention to detail is fantastic. Highly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 August 2020

Beautiful food and great atmosphere. Very attentive service.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 August 2020

Service was incredible, great recommendation on the wine.

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Visited On Friday, 14 August 2020

Loved everything about this place. Great evening. Will be back!

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