Rather than by heritage or location, Anne-Sophie Pic curates her dishes based on a hardwired understanding of flavour, and how flavour conjures different human emotions. Her nomadic food plays entirely on the senses, on various gusts of aroma and flavour, to guide the eater.
Then Pic adds theatricality of the Blumenthal vein, found in gentle haute cuisine turns like beetroot and bourbon pointu coffee with foam, or the delicate Teppanyaki flamed mackerel with Matcha dashi, Xeres vinegar and baby leeks.
The simple a La Carte has five starters, four fish dishes and four meat and game, making the most of British produce, with some items imported from France where an English equivalent couldn't be found. Note, the Brittany pigeon cooked with liquorice, turnip, salsify and citrus bouillon.
More straightforward-sounding dishes include Hereford beef, and Venison with foie gras - but they have clever adaptations to boot. The former, served with roasted coffee, cinnamon, celeriac in brown butter and gin is a rich sensation; the latter with Pithiviers, pepper, cocoa and rum is similarly decadent and unusual.
The food's served in a grand dining room with grand mirrored paneling and adorned high ceilings.
A tasting menu at £95 per head, served for entire tables only, is also available with vegetarian options, and is the most extensive way to sample Pic's sensual masterpieces. Though a lunch menu is also available (alongside the evening a La Carte) if you'd prefer something more informal.
|What||La Dame De Pic restaurant, Tower Bridge|
|Where||Four Seasons Hotel, Ten Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Tower Hill (underground)|
On 26 Jan 17, 12:00 AM
|Website||Visit La Dame De Pic's website to book|