Anne Sophie Pic, the three Michelin-starred French chef with restaurants in Valence, Lausanne and Paris, is bringing her fragrance-inspired cuisine to London for her latest venture La Dame de Pic, which opens on January 26 in the new Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.
“It’s an exciting challenge opening in London, where the culinary scene is in perpetual evolution,” says Pic. “I need to understand and feel the place, its energy and the expectations of the clients. My intention is to propose menus that reflect my French culinary identity while at the same time giving pride of place to British products.”
Combining the best of French brasserie and classic English style, La Dame de Pic has been designed by Bruno Moinard, of Paris-based architects 4BI, with natural wood floors, curved leather banquettes and mirrored columns. Next to the main restaurant is a private wine cellar and a private dining room.
As for the food, the key to Pic’s success is her use of unusual ingredients, fascination with aromas and questioning of classic cookery methods – meaning there’s often a hidden surprise to her dishes. Starters include pasta parcels with smoked cheese, wild mushrooms and tonka beans, while Cornish crab is matched with dill panna cotta and clementine jelly. For mains, line-caught mackerel cooked on a teppanyaki grill is served with a dash of matcha tea and Xérès vinegar; and Hereford beef is poached with Monts Amaro coffee and cinnamon. On the dessert menu is a chocolate soufflé with hojicha tea, honey and Cubeb pepper ice cream, while a splendid millefeuille filled with Tahitian vanilla-flavoured cream is served with jasmine jelly.
Wines will be an eclectic selection, including some little known treasures from the Rhône Valley, where Pic lives.