Les 110 de Taillevent – Chic Fine Wine Dining in the Heart of London
July 28, 2017
Les 110 de Taillevent is the perfect restaurant if you’re trying to impress a date. With suitable mood lighting and stylish interiors with a green and black colour scheme, the dining area oozes opulence and is further enhanced by the stunning collection of wines presented in beautifully lit cabinets behind the bar.
Offering no less than 110 wines by the glass, (hence the name) and over a thousand bottles by the glass, Les 110 de Taillevent follows in the footsteps of the highly regarded two Michelin star sister restaurant Taillevent Paris. The menu includes every single one of the 110 glasses including a small description, region and price, along with a list of their fabulous French dishes which use British locally sourced produce. Each wine has been hand picked to specifically compliment each and every dish on the menu making the dining experience here somewhat of a gastronomic delight.
The restaurant has a wonderfully chic fine dining air about it, and also offers service to match. The staff are immaculately dressed, fabulously knowledgeable on all areas of the menu and our sommelier was brilliant in suggesting the most perfect of wine pairings to compliment our food choices.
With a bottle of Christian Lacroix designer water to kick off proceedings and a plate of delicious warm bread and butter, our starters followed – the Duck Foie Gras Mi Cuit (£13), was bursting with rich flavour and balanced perfectly with the sweetness and sharpness of a rhubarb confit and puree along with pistachio.
My guest opted for the Tomato starter (£10) – a generous plate of Mozzarella di Bufala served with salad and a cold tomato gazpacho on the side. We washed these delightful dishes down with a Austrian Kamptal Gruner Veltliner (Lois 2015 £10 for 125mls).
Having started with the duck foie gras, I was hoping to carry on the theme with the Gressingham Duck main (£24pp) but this is only served for two people and as my guest was already sold on the Landes Chicken Breast (£16), I went for the Wild Pigeon instead on the waiter’s recommendation – something I’ve never tried before. Because pigeon has quite an overpowering, gamey flavour, the other flavours on the plate had clearly been cleverly chosen to work together. A sweet burst of cherry and almond along with a contrast in textures provided by the delicious confit foie gras cromesquis (a deep fried croquette filled with foie gras was simply out of this world along with a gorgeous wine pairing. We loved the Moroccan Syrah (£8 for 125ml).
Accompaniments were also spot on. A bowl of mashed potato – the creamiest, butteriest ever, so smooth that it slid off the spoon and onto my plate and Petitts Pois, served French style with baby onions, bacon and chicken jus.
Desserts were almost too beautiful to eat. I had the Calamansi Lemon (£9), refreshingly tart and zingy, with passion fruit, meringue, chunks of shortbread and a hit of tequila and lime sorbet. The Sauternes 1989 from Château Suduiraut was a welcome sweetener, while the Chocolate dessert £9 and simply called ‘Chocolate’ on the menu, was a taste sensation and a must for any chocoholics – a combo of whipped cream, chocolate sablé and chocolate ice cream.
For impeccable service, chic surroundings and a really special night out in the heart of London, wine enthusiasts and true foodies will revel in the dining experience offered by Les 110 de Taillevent.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield