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Pierre Koffman @ Selfridges


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Am going on the 9th for lunch, and the Coren review has indeed got me very excited. Even if it is a gimmick, it's a very, very good one. Hell, I'm frankly excited enough about eating on the roof of Selfridges.

Have to admit, though, that I'm not as familiar with Koffman as I should be. Has anyone had experience of the original Tante Claire? What was that like back in the day (especially when compared with today's restaurants)?

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I had three meals at LTC, once when it was at RHR and twice once it moved. The final meal was appalling coming just a few weeks before they shut down. The other two were fantastic, I'll never forget a Langoustine Ravioli served in a beautiful vegetable broth.

Here is a review for the last meal I had there : La Tante Claire

"Why would we want Children? What do they know about food?"

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Actually, here's what he said...

It’s not going to be cheap: £75 for three courses is about as much as you can pay for a set meal in London. But for that you get a legend at the stove for the first time in nearly a decade, along with several of his now-famous protégés – including Tom Aikens, Eric Chavot and Tom Kitchin – doing the peeling and pot-scrubbing. I suspect demand will be high.
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Despite my earlier reservations that this is simply a publicity stunt (here) I've made a reservation. I made this decision mainly based on the fact that he has now extended the run so will maybe settle into the kitchen a little more than he would be able in just a week and partly because, knowing my luck, if I don't go I'll miss out on the greatest comeback since Liverpool last won the Champions league. :hmmm:

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can i start the campaign for marco for next year now please?

and maybe ramsay would like to get back behind the stove for 2011 :laugh:

i'm assuming menu wise it's the same lunch and dinner, i enquired about wine, there's going to be a 200+ bin list with a south west france bias, selected from selfridges with help from the petrus sommellier (not sure who though?).

you don't win friends with salad

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can i start the campaign for marco for next year now please?

and maybe ramsay would like to get back behind the stove for 2011 :laugh:

i'm assuming menu wise it's the same lunch and dinner, i enquired about wine, there's going to be a 200+ bin list with a south west france bias, selected from selfridges with help from the petrus sommellier (not sure who though?).

you don't win friends with salad

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Despite my earlier reservations that this is simply a publicity stunt (here) I've made a reservation. I made this decision mainly based on the fact that he has now extended the run so will maybe settle into the kitchen a little more than he would be able in just a week .....

Richard Vines article

“The worst part will be the first week,” he says. “Once you know the kitchen, it gets easier. If I was a customer, I wouldn’t come in the first few days.

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"Why would we want Children? What do they know about food?"

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So, has anyone been? I went on Friday for lunch and loved it - one of the best dining experiences this year for me. The whole thing just felt like a very special occasion and, you could feel a sense of excitement from both the diners and the staff on hand. I'd also definitely suggest going for Lunch, just so that you can see the view, and I think it's still possible to book for lunch. Highly recommended.

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I'm interested in the same questions as Matthew!

I'm going tonight and am wondering if I can stray from the 3 courses for £75 that seems to be the norm. Ideally, we could order 2 items from each course with slightly smaller portions to create a tasting menu...

I guess there's a time constraint. We've only got a 2 hour slot :sad:

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We went on Friday and posted out thoughts here: http://www.hot-dinners.com/Features/Articles/pierre-koffmans-selfridges-pop-up-restaurant-launches - and you can check out our Twitter page for some pics of the food too.

I thought the food was amazing, with the fois gras starter being a particular winner for me. I did ask if we could keep the menu, but they're only giving them away after the event finishes. We were the very first to arrive so had a great chance to look around the place and have a nice chat with Pierre's partner who seemed amazingly calm about the whole thing!

Oh, and the £75 menu's the only option I'm afraid. Given the nature of the kitchen, they're just not set up for anything veering away from that.

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Just wrote a long review, fresh back from the restaurant and then lost it :sad:

I'll have another go tomorrow morning.

In summary: memorable, old-fashioned, tasty, lovely but clumsy service, options to go outside the £75 menu if you pay, cold wine, ENORMOUS scallops.

More to come...

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