Truc Vert is a charming, independent French eatery tucked away in fancy Mayfair. There had been a lot of buzz about the restaurant from my fellow bloggers but, rarely heading west, I had not yet tried it for myself.
So, when the lovely people at Zomato asked if I would like to go and check out the restaurant’s new live music on a Friday evening, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with a couple of my friends who work in nearby Soho.
Arriving at around 7.30pm many of the restaurants we walked passed were brimming with diners, kicking off their weekend in style, however, when we arrived at Truc Vert there were only a few other customers in the large dining room.
The restaurant was named after the idyllic beach in France and continued the seaside feel subtly with plenty of wood detailing, similar to the fishermen huts on the French coast, giving the room a rustic feel. Taking our seats, I soon realised that I had brought my camera but no memory card, disaster easily averted by our close proximity to Oxford street. I left my fellow diners to enjoy a bottle of Truc Vert’s house red wine, and I made a mad dash to Selfridges at the end of the street.
Making my return, now fully prepared, it was time for some much needed vino. The Truc Vert Old World Cabernet Sauvignon (£23) was rich, packed with dark fruit flavours and went down very smoothly. If this is not to your taste there were plenty of other well selected wines, beers and spirits to choose from.
Soon after, the live music started – a trio tucked away in the corner sang pleasant songs at just the right level, adding an authentic touch and also bringing life to the large dining room.
Now composed it was time to order my Zomato voucher entitled me to two sharing platters so it was an easy choice. As I couldn’t see them on the menu I asked our waitress if there was any way of making one of the boards vegetarian as half of our table were non-meat eaters, she said that unfortunately there was not an alternative but she could split the meat and cheese onto separate boards for us. Happy with this resolution we looked at the menu for some vegetarian friendly side dishes, our options were very limited so we decided to just stick with the bread and cheese options.
Having visited France many times I know that vegetarian isn’t really a ‘thing’ across the channel so the lack of choice did not come as a surprise to me, however the menus do change daily, making the most out of seasonal produce so if you are a fellow vegetarian it may be worth giving them a call before you stop by to see if there have any meat free options available.
The boards were packed with cheese, meats, sprinkled with dried fruits, and accompanied by chutney and a side of fresh bread.
The cheese selection was diverse, and utterly delicious, however, it came served on plastic wrapping which, for me, cheapened the display.
Not quite managing to finish off the platters, we still had a little space for dessert. I am not usually a pudding person however I could not resist trying the Crepe banane chocolat (£3.50).
The portion was once again very generous and, though was gooey perfection on a plate, I could nowhere near finish it.
The others went for more delicate options, including the chocolate fondant (£6.95)
and blackberry and apple crumble (£6.95), which also went down an absolute treat!
It was not only the food that was authentic, but also the style of service: the staff were friendly yet straight to the point, and there was no additional pampering. I know that this is not to everyone’s taste but I liked being left alone without disturbances whilst I enjoyed the music and company of my friends; it also meant that there was no rush to leave after we had finished eating, creating a relaxing environment.
The only criticism I have of the restaurant was that the entire place seemed a little tired, but with a few small updates and attention to detail this place could be an authentic French gem in the heart of Mayfair. Being a vegetarian I probably would not return for dinner, however I would come back for the freshly baked goods and wine alone.
If you are looking for a quiet, unpretentious place for a long catch up in central London, or need a well deserved rest after a hard days shopping, this traditional restaurant may well be the perfect location.
What is favourite French dish? Have you tried Truc Vert, what did you think?
*I was invited to try Truc Vert and provided a voucher for 2 bottles of house wine and 2 sharing platters from Zomato however, as always, all opinions are my own.
42 North Audley Street
T: 0207 491 9988