Recently, my friend Elena arranged for Whitney, Sylvia and me to have a wonderful lunch at Jean Jacques, a lovely French restaurant in the heart of London’s Soho. This is their first London restaurant, they already have 12 branches in Moscow and St Petersburgh. The restaurant is beautifully presented over three floors of a white townhouse on Frith Street. There’s a traditional brasserie feel throughout. There are black and white tiled floors; red walls downstairs; and upstairs subtle red, white and blue decor; a piano by the wooden bar suggests a sing-a-long at the bar wouldn’t be out of the question. There’s also a cute terrace at the back of the first floor restaurant with wrought iron chairs and tables.
The restaurant is complemented by their classic French cuisine. I chose a light, velvety white bean soup to begin, followed by a perfectly cooked piece of hake, the tomato fondue that it came with was bursting with flavour but it was the dessert that stole the show, a twist on a pavlova.
The Set Menu
White Bean Velouté with Truffle Oil
Caramalised Pear, Spiced Walnuts & Blue Cheese Salad
Pan Fried Hake, Tomato Fondue, Olives, Capers & Basil
Roasted Guinea Fowl Supreme, Creamed Savoy Cabbage, Bacon Lardons & Jus Roti
Vacherin, Raspberry Sorbet, Mixed Winter Berries
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