Terriors London Reviews
Relaxed Elegance May 16, 2011
Absolutely outstanding. What a gem. Loved everything about this place.
It's done out in a very simple, unpretentious way and the atmosphere was very informal and relaxed.
The wine list is superb: so much interest, variety and sheer off the wall craziness. Extremely fairly priced too. If you're not feeling too creative or adventurous let the staff take the reins. All recommendations hit the spot and exceeded expectations. We had a couple of bottles of the excellent house champagne (Philipponnat Royale Reserve) which was spot on at a reasonable £45. There was a very nice Provence rose, then an incredibly smokey Loire white (more like single malt whisky in bouquet than anything vinious I've previously drunk - but lovely and refreshing in the mouth). Finally an excellent Burgundy pinot noir, which was everything it should have been (and far more than we expected it to be for thirty odd quid). I know we drank an awful lot, but it was kiddy in a sweet shop time... Be brave and you'll be rewarded.
The menu upstairs is very short, but none the worse for that. Of the mains the woodcock (or was it quail? I didn't order it - but did manage to pinch a leg) was excellent, much tastier than so small a foul has any right to be. The charcuterie was first class (especially the duck rillettes).
Of the small plates the smoked eel was a real star - so fresh tasting. And the girls were crazy for the (huge, spanking fresh, luminous) king prawns. (The chacuterie plus three small plates was ample for two chaps with big appetities - thanks to the staff we didn't over order)
The food was very good value for the quality.
And the staff. They're the only element Ive seen seriously criticised in other reviews. On Saturday they were charm and verve personified. The pixie-ish red-headed French manageress with her surprised, intrigued eyes, set the tone. Capable, relaxed, knowlegable, helpful, skilled and professional. The Australian waitress (and this is a first for me) was brilliant, gently steering us in the right direction with the wines. The pace of service was perfect.
Don't go if you like flashy, formal, or "fine dining" restaurants. Go if you appreciate effortless excellence done with relaxed elegance.
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