French on Budget – Pierre Victoire Review
- Restaurant: Pierre Victoire
- Cuisine: French
- Location: Soho, Dean Street, London
- The bill: NA here but you can probably get away with £30-40 for 2 incl.wine
- Value for money: 10/10
- Service: 6/10
- Ambiance: 8/10
- Food: 7/10
- Jelly Good Food Rating: 8/10
Came here to redeem my Toptable points with J, he’s never been before but I have been here probably half a dozen times in as many years in London. I love this place because its so cheap but still feels like a proper restaurant – its French food, their steak frites are normally quite good, the fresh bread is amazing, most other dishes are very commendable. More-over, they have a very affordable wine list starting from about £14 – I challenge you to find that anywhere else in the neighbourhood or indeed central London.
It is also worthy of note that they have a Piano by the entrance, which on the occasion of our visit was played by a man with long silver hair, wearing a shell top and grotty trainers. The backdrop to his music is Pierre Victoire’s Rustic candle holders (empty wine bottles with drippiping candles) and a mish-mash artistic efforts for sale, over-stretched french-sounding waiters and a buzzy, noisy crowd. This place feels like a Soho institution here to stay and I love it there.
NB – this place is in fact a chain but Shhhh, don’t dell anyone, it certainly doesn’t feel or look like one.
More about the food:
Ham hock, much nicer than I’ve normally seen it done, its very moist and the accompaniments very good for it, however it was not really seasoned sufficiently – a bit of ground black pepper would have taken this dish up a notch.
J’s steak came out unevenly cooked, with one side being medium/well done and the rest being extremely rare (J ordered rare), the frites texture was fantastic but slightly ruined by far too much salt.
My pork belly was extremely enjoyable and I have no complaints about that – its exactly my kind of food with so many flavours and textures well matched together on one plate – I loved the wholegrain mustard in my mash, the zingy gravy and of course the sauerkrat to set off the pork nicely.
JellyGoodFood Bottom Line:
Staple London favorite, cheap enough to indulge on any occasion and will cheer you up a lot if you are on a budget and on the look out for good, filling proper food – it also has bags of ambiance.