La Trompette reviews
by teamnatro, 20 Feb 2011
Michelin Star? For what? I'd liken my Mullet to boil-in-the-bag fish but that would be a step up. My wife's veal starter was cold and sodden due to the whole tinned tomato that was dumped straight on top of it. My friend found plastic in his dessert, not once but twice! Yes, that's right. They took it away and brought back a fresh serving for it only to contain more plastic! I'd have drowned my sorrows in wine if only the sommelier hadn't taken 40 minutes to get to us.
An awful dining experience; the place has never heard of the word 'flavour'. As for being French... I think Le Boudin Blanc et al need fear not.
by Chet, 25 Aug 2010
I was disappointed that there was no alternativee to the 3- or 4-course set menus and that this had not been flagged at the time of booking.
The service was friendly; this was particularly welcome as my teenage son was with me. Perhaps not as streamlined as at La Gavroche, but better than the sluggish, slightly surly service we experienced at Locanda Locatelli.
A touch too much hard sell on the drinks (eg champagne was suggested as an aperitif). When I asked for a jug of tap water I was told that the policy was to refill glasses.
Our first courses - gazpacho and a beetroot, chicory, walnut etc salad - justified La Trompette's Michelin star. In contrast, although there was nothing wrong with our main course - seared mackeral - it lacked the wow factor.
The cheese selection was excellent, although my request for a small green salad to accompany it caused confusion. Salad leaves did materialise, but without a dressing.
Return rating: unlikely. Chez Kristoff's position as our favourite local restaurant remains unchallenged!
by Susanne, 15 Aug 2010
A memorable experience with wine well chosen by the sommellier.
Not cheap, so I'm saving up to go again.
by cnar0berts, 16 Jul 2010
by tjgolf353, 18 Mar 2010
by diana simmons, 12 Nov 2009
by Robert Morley, 19 Oct 2009
by annemariesmyth, 15 Dec 2008
As we were guests, I let the wine list land with our host, who finally passed it on to me. We ordered a lovely red Burgundy, to which I added a Meursault. Unfortunately, as this was also partially a business dinner, I did not make notes on the wines. The wine list was fairly simple, but geared toward the cuisine of the restaurant. This seems to be very common in the UK. In the US, too many wine lists are filled with the same common wines, regardless of what the kitchen is doing. Wine IS food, and needs to go WITH the food.
I started with a Seared Loin of Tuna (with green bean and caper vinaigrette, tapenade, sauce vierge and quail’s eggs), followed by the second-best Red Mullet (with risotto of brown shrimps and herbs and grilled fennel), that I have had - both in the UK, incidentally. By the mains, the Meursault was gone, and the Pinot Noir went well with the mullet, especially with the fennel. We ended with a lovely cheese platter for the table, and finished the wines. I added a Ferreira Quinta do Seixo VP.
I never saw the check, but do not feel that La Trompette was at all expensive, especially by London standards.
by Bill Hunt, 26 May 2008
a) Food is good, but menus very similar to Chez Bruce (not necessarily a bad thing).
b) Managerial staff are extremely rude - think your worst Parisian nightmare (French shrugs, know-it-all comments, etc.) and you've got it.
c) Younger staff (who are constantly chided in front of guests by above managerial team) are very friendly and helpful.
In conclusion, do go for the food, but you will be surprised that somewhere like this could get a star and be so indifferent on service. Incidentally, service was 12.5% and VAT was added AFTER the food and service, making it an expensive evening (cheese plate, for example, was £10).
by THHolmes, 09 May 2008
by britzkiwi, 06 Feb 2008
by Cameraman, 03 Feb 2008
When we got there, all our coats were taken and we were moving to a table when the French manageress stormed up to us, refused us the table, forced us to our coats and ejected us. I said we'd warned 3+ times en route, were only 5 minutes over time as it turned out (itself unspecified until then) and she relented (!) by offering the three of us "a little cheese".
In effect, we were thrown out, humiliated in front of a restaurant plainly still 100% in full swing, and the staff refused to admit their own complicity in having created the entire problem. We could have eaten late easily in Covent Garden at Sheekeys or elsewhere, as Royal Ballet folk get respect, especially post a first night. In W4, you get shown a wet street on a Bank Holiday, your coat handed back and frankly offensive passive-aggressive abuse from the manageress. I wrote carefully to Bruce Poole but with him now being a rich, important restaurateur, he wrote a pretty offhand and vague reply. That's what you get for being a regular of his from Day 1. Good on you, Bruce...
POSTSCRIPT: Further to my complaint to La Trompette, I have written to Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole simply to discuss the issue. They refuse to reply. It is odd that the cooking industry is now an aristocracy of haughty omeletteers. Bring back the Berni Inn, pineapple rings and a tangy prawn cocktail. At least the staff towed the line!
The staff at La Trompette were deeply in the wrong, unprofessional and their French manageress was unpleasant to us all. My girlfriend, A Royal Ballet principal, was left in tears. As even these media chef heroes know, the Royal Ballet is the world's finest company and ruthlessly difficult. Perhaps La Trompette could train their booking staff accordingly?
Why do seasoned professionals such as these grand restaurateurs refuse, when faced with shameful facts, to even address my complaint? They ruined an important evening casually and I surely deserve some reply.
by Geordie Kidston (2 reviews), 24 Aug 2007
by LucaJJ (2 reviews), 09 May 2006
by Ellen4526, 02 May 2006
by THomasw (2 reviews), 05 Apr 2006
by USHI, 25 Jan 2006
I first visited the week it opened and have been back probably on average once a month since. It has rarely disappointed.
by w7 (4 reviews), 10 Jan 2006
by Reesh, 20 May 2005
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