Restaurant Review: Les 110 de Taillevent, Cavendish Square, London
Wine often sits on the sidelines, simply paired to complement and wash down flavours. This is not the case at Les 110 de Taillevent. With a staggering 110 vintages available by the glass and with a list featuring rare and singular labels; an evening within the discerning glamour of Les 110 de Taillevent lets fine wines come into their own and to lead the way.
Curated by Head Sommelier Christopher Lecoufle, this wine restaurant is the protégée of the iconic two-Michelin starred Le Taillevent of Paris. Mirroring quintessential French gastronomy, here the wine is paired with contemporary French dishes for an art-de-vivre experience that is easily accessible to Londoners. A voluminous a la carte menu developed by Alain Solivérès, Executive Chef of Le Taillevent and Emile Cotte Executive Chef of Les 110 de Taillevent Paris, this newly interpreted menu has been executed by chef Raphael Grima of Les 110 de Taillevent here in London; singing the song of the Gardinier family’s poetic pairings.
You may presume that such a carefully paired menu would be hindered by a smaller a la carte selection, but with a foundation of extensive knowledge and experience behind them, a surprisingly large variety of dishes span across fish, meat, vegetables as well as desserts and cheeses; with each flavour and dish exceptionally paired and thoughtfully matched in either 70ml or 125ml measures.
Ingredients that are selected by either seasonal status or quality, from the integrally considered flavours to the precise presentation, you don’t need to be a wine expert to experience how each dish has been created to enhance the detailed qualities of the wine. Options range from starters such as Scottish Langoustine Tartare and Pea Veloute to delicate fish mains such as Wild Sea Bass. Meat choices feature include a two week aged Wales Beef Fillet or a Wild Pigeon with Confit Foie Gras. A select menu of classic French desserts includes Baba Au Rhum and Panna Cotta (Wild Strawberries, Basil Sorbet).
A grand interior that is sophisticated with sleek rich, dark tones; even the design concept here has been crafted around the wine. A French concept that runs in parallel from the flavours to the dignified aesthetic, Parisian designer Pierre-Yves Rochon pays homage to wine production, drawing on the green of the vine, rich earth tones and oak-barrelled wine casks.
Elevating and educating the diners of London to the intricate and creative gastronomy of France, a country that arguably boasts some of the finest food and wine on earth; the 70 seater Les 110 de Taillevent epitomizes and celebrates the two Michelin stars of Le Taillevent of Paris. An astute concept that repeatedly allows a la carte dishes step aside, the sublime wine parings are not style over substance and allow diners to experience the meticulous magic of passionately matched food and wines pairings.
Address: Les 110 de Taillevent London, 16 Cavendish Square, W1G 9DD, Tel: 020 3141 6016, les-110-taillevent-london.com/en