For so long, I have stressed the importance of the role of flavours in a dish. Sometimes there is no need for pretention, for fuss or for eccentric cooking methods - just the need for high quality ingredients, classic flavour combinations and a skilled hand. It would seem like La Petite Maison abides by this philosophy as they consistently deliver classic French dishes to a very high standard.
For this culinary treat, I was joined by ma mère so we had a decent number of dishes to share between us.
We started off with the Salmon Carpaccio (£16.50). This was light and fresh with a subtle sweetness from the salmon accompanied by its velvety texture. The guacamole added a layer of tasteful indulgence and an acidic freshness which contrasted with the salty bursts of flavour from the fish eggs.
Next up was the Thinly Sliced Octopus in Lemon oil (£14.25). This was brilliant and moreish! The key player was definitely the savoury lemon oil.
So far, I had been fairly impressed with the presentation of the starters and their heightened flavour and texture profiles. I couldn't wait to see what the main courses and desserts had in store.
I ordered the Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Smoked Aubergine (£38) as my main. I can safely say that they are the best lamb cutlets I have tried to date. The lamb didn't stop leaking with its glorious juice which gave rise to its tender goodness. The earthiness of the smoked aubergine and the touch of citrus from the underlying sauce only served to uplift the lamb.
Now, it was time for dessert. The first of the two we ordered was the classic Tarte Fine (£9.50). It was very pretty with delicately cooked apples and a very thin buttery pastry. Honestly, I wasn't overly impressed but I was very satisfied nonetheless.
Fortunately, I was blessed with a tasting of the iconic Pain Perdu (£9.75) - probably the best dessert I have tasted in London! It was AMAZING with its incredibly rich creamy filling contrasting with the bittersweet goodness of the caramelised exterior. This is not mention the fantastic spice ice cream that balanced out the dish's richness.
Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend La Petite Maison! It's the place to come to for high quality but fuss-free classic French cuisine. The ambience was very busy but not in an obnoxious way. Rather, it felt as though all the diners were really enjoying what they were eating. The only catch is the high prices. However, are expensive meals really avoidable in a prime Mayfair location? My only warning before coming here is that you might leave with an expensive habit, namely, dining here every other week!
54 Brook's Mews
London, W1K 4EG