Tucked away along a quiet oasis between the Strand and Covent Garden, Terroirs has quietly been getting on with developing a reputation as one of London’s top restaurants.
Terroirs originally launched a number of years ago as a wine bar serving highly quality tapas style plates of rustic French food. However, no doubt as custom has continued to burgeon, they decided in late 2009 to add a restaurant area in their basement serving proper meals. A stroke of genius it certainly was, as now both the restaurant and upstairs bar area are almost permanently packed at all hours of the day.
There are no bells, whistles, airs or graces with this place; just a straightforward menu of delicious food and great wine at sensible prices. It’s clear that you can visit Terroirs and have an entirely different experience each time. Whether it’s a quick bite and a glass of wine, an evening of sharing plates and lots of wine or a proper sit-down dinner, there are enough options on the menu to ensure you keep coming back.
Starters of Duck Rillets and Jamon de Teruel were both excellent. The Duck Rillets were rich in flavor, creamy and perfectly presented whilst the thin Jamon lightly melted in the mouth with a slight sweetness. We also had Griddled squid with esplette pepper and Grilled scallops & gremolata. With standards already very high I must say that the scallops weren’t as flavorsome as we had hoped but the squid was exquisitely cooked. Accompanied by a stunning glass of Cuvee Lais, this was an outstanding start to the meal.
Despite feeling the strain on our stomachs, as food loving gentlemen we couldn’t turn down an opportunity to try a couple of the larger offerings so we opted for Bavette with dauphinoise potatoes & and the Cassoulet Terroirs. The Bavette was well cooked and full of flavour, although (perhaps expectedly) a little chewy. The Cassoulet, on the other hand was a wonderful interpretation of this wholesome dish, cooked with big fat sausages and tender duck meat on the bone. This was paired with another excellent wine match of a glass of Cahors.
To finish we shared the bitter chocolate pot which I cannot easily describe in words, but as far as unadulterated chocolate experiences go, there are few better in London. Regrettably, we couldn’t find room for their extensive and appealing cheeses, but it has certainly given us a great reason to return!
Cuisine type: Rustic French
Meal for two (excluding drinks): £55
Terroirs Wine Bar & Restaurant
5 William IV Street
Tel: 020 7036 0660