Pique-Nique is the new brainchild of Casse-Croûte’s Hervé Durochat. Whilst its bistro menu contained some real gems, I was there for their Menu Autour du Poulet de Bresse, an amazingly affordable option considering that Bresse chicken was the main ingredient.
Pique-Nique is a lovely little place - trapezoidal-shaped dining room with glass windows on two sides. There’s one communal table in the centre - a concept Londoners are used to by now - I used to remember the gasps of astonishment when first-timers encountered such arrangements at Wagamama back in 1992.
Anyway, the £38 set meal came with 3 starters, 2 mains and a dessert.
- Chicken liver pâté & chicken croquette made of meat from the chicken’s neck.
Chicken consommé, featuring the chicken heart, gizzard, testicle and cockscomb.
Roasted chicken breast with morels in cream sauce, and pomme purée.
Roasted chicken with frisée and lamb’s lettuce.
- Dessert: Mille-feuille with fresh cherries and raspberry sorbet.
London SE1 3LD
Tel: 020 7403 9549
Opening hours: 9am-10pm Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm Sunday.
(the Menu Autour du Poulet de Bresse is available from 12 noon)