“Tony: Aha, okay. Hey, Joe! Butch-a he say he wants-a two spaghetti speciale, heavy on the meats-a ball.” – Tony – Lady and the Tramp.
The team behind two of London’s most successful cocktail bars, Happiness Forgets (winner of the GQ Magazine Food & Drink Awards 2016 Best UK Bar) and Original Sin (winner of the Time Out Magazine Bar Awards 2016 Best New Bar) have launched their first restaurant, Petit Pois Bistro, in Hoxton Square.
We (the missus and I) sat outside on the patio on the hottest day of the year. I spent ten minutes attempting to get a picture of the menu to announce my arrival on social media, but gave up, tossing the phone across the table in a petulant hung over thrump. Annie being the benevolent dogmatic trooper that she is, ventured over to the original brick wall facing the street and got a picture of the menu against it. You haven’t arrived anywhere until you’ve told twitter.
Petit Pois Bistro offers diners a small menu of uncomplicated French classics seven days a week. After meeting last year, and sharing a mutual love of classic French food, Alastair Burgess of Happiness Forgets, and Chef Chris Smith, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and whose career spans Michelin starred restaurants to London street food, set out to open a cosy French bistro in the heart of East London.
“We were tired of all the new restaurants in London being either super fine-dining, or gourmet fast food. We wanted to create somewhere that sat in the middle. People can come here with a reservation and enjoy great food, off real plates, at reasonable prices.” – Alastair Burgess.
The french onion soup, a nice balance of onion and stringy melted cheese. If you’re sharing with your missus you can attempt the Lady and the Tramp spaghetti kiss. We did and got some ‘oh please’ looks from onlookers. And rightly so. The duck confit with onion purée was well done and ample-sized. The beer came chilled, the glass tanker was also chilled. The chocolate mousse was picture perfect, rich and dolloped right from the bowl.
Food came quick, the service was on point, present but not intrusive. Alastair was a gent and any man that chills my beer glass makes my christmas card list.
Did not frequent.
Free wifi and they served soya milk for the lactose intolerant missus.
The restaurant is now open from 9am – 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am – 5pm on Sundays. Email ahead for a reservation or call 0207 613 3689.