Taillevent Paris, the Gardinier family-owned group behind the iconic two-Michelin starred Le Taillevent, have brought their unique wine and food matching brasserie concept to London with the opening of Les 110 de Taillevent London in Cavendish Square.
Featuring a hundred and ten wines by the glass, paired with contemporary and seasonal French dishes, we enjoyed experiencing the spirit of Le Taillevent in a relaxed setting and couldn’t help but share the experience on the magazine’s Instagram.
Making the French form of art-de-vivre accessible to Londoners, the wine list features rare and singular wines, caringly curated over the years by Pierre Bérot, Director of the Wine Department for Taillevent Paris. Pierre’s vast experience managing the myriad bottles of the house cellars has resulted in a list that evokes the richness of the collection and introduces some of its greatest treasures.
Guests are offered the choice of four wines, in 70ml or 125ml measures, exactingly matched with their choice of starters, fish, meat, desserts or cheese. And these nifty little tags on the bottom allow you to know exactly what you are drinking for next time. Take a picture or take them home so you know what wines you like and what wines you don’t! With 110 to choose from, there is something for everyone.
We tried 6 different wines with our meal as chosen by our sommelier for the evening. Although young his knowledge was that of someone twice his age. Each wine was expertly chosen even when we explained our tastes were different to the recommended suggestions for the dish. He listened attentively, explained the complexity of the flavours of each wine and why they would or would not pair well with each dish.
The brasserie is headed up by General Manager Giuseppe Dewilde, who has a wealth of experience having worked at some of London’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels. He is an absolute delight even when he teases you and takes your dessert away for himself!
The interior, designed by the legendary Pierre-Yves Rochon, takes inspiration from the brasserie’s concept and pays homage to wine production.
A chic and warm setting, the design draws on the green of the vine, rich earth tones and oak-barrelled wine casks. Incorporating the colours and materials of viticulture into all elements of the design, Pierre-Yves Rochon honours the theme at every turn. Specially commissioned artworks adorn the walls, further extolling the beauties of the vineyard.
For those looking for a quick bite, there is a Wine Time menu at the bar available in the early evenings, offering small plates including tempura of vegetables with piquillo ketchup and paté en croûte, facon maison with carefully chosen wines. The dynamic à la carte menu, developed by Alain Solivérès, Executive Chef of Le Taillevent and Emile Cotte Executive Chef of Les 110 de Taillevent Paris, is interpreted and executed by the young London chef Robert Panek. Presentation is superb even for the simplest dishes.
Designed to showcase each product, which has been selected for its quality and seasonality, each dish is executed with precision and enhances the qualities of the wines on offer.
Starters include light dishes such as pumpkin, velvety chestnut and hazelnut flakes but we chose the crab remoulade with dill and fennel. You might be mistaken that we are drinking a martini but if you look closely you can see a succulent layer of crab with mayonnaise, dill and fennel over a layer of jelly and caviar. Pure heaven.
And the starter you can spy in the background is the langoustine ravioli…
Scrumptious bubbles of light flavoursome goodness with a rich velvety undertone. Fresh, delightful a highly recommended option.
Other popular starters that evening included the Squid a la plancha.
And the duck foie gras…
Choose wisely or you might get table envy because 110 is a place where you know you just have to return time and time again to try the whole menu. The four gentleman next to us were regulars and even took the time to share their positive experiences of this superb restaurant.
Time to choose the next wines. I paired the duck with No 92 a Cote de Nuits Villages 2012 and Red paired his vol au vent with an american wine No 33 Oregon Mount Jefferson. Both excellent choices. You can see Red cannot leave it on the table long enough to take a photo before tasting it again to give his opinion, which brought a smile to our sommelier’s face knowing a job well done and a wine well chosen.
Main courses include delicate fish mains such as whole seabass with lemon olive oil dressing…
and hearty meat choices of sirloin with marrow bone and pepper sauce and saddle of lamb roasted with pickled garlic and rosemary. One of the more popular dishes is the vol au vent filled with a selection of meats, fish, lamb sweetbreads and crayfish.
We also couldn’t resist the duck and ordered it pink and as you can see it was cooked to perfection.
Don’t forget the jus…
A great choice of sides but who could resist the mac and cheese.
Turning to dessert the menu is a collection of classic French desserts includes ‘remembering our childhood’ a decadent selection of chocolate mousse, riz au lait, crème caramel and île flottante.
Be decadent with a chocolate sphere that literally melts before your eyes…
or the Calisson is a nice light dessert if you prefer which is perfect with a Tokaji No 05
Traditionalists might prefer the lemon pie…
Or take a look at their cheese boards and perhaps pair it with an oxidative dessert wine for a nuttier flavour combo.
Les 110 de Taillevent London has becoming a notable addition to the London gastronomy scene since its opening last year and we enjoyed the relaxed style brasserie which has brought a special focus on the wine experience to Cavendish Square.
Les 110 de Taillevent London
16 Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DD
Telephone: 020 314 16016