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Le Petit Chef – Review
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Le Petit Chef – Review

Le Petit Chef in Bloomsbury, just a few minutes from Holborn tube station is more than just a dining experience; it’s a magical adventure that seamlessly blends cutting-edge technology with gastronomic storytelling, resulting in an immersive journey for the senses. From the moment you step into this cosy 44-seater basement restaurant, you’re immediately drawn into its unique atmosphere. Tables are set for groups of two or four, each equipped with a 3D projector discreetly suspended from the ceiling, ensuring every guest has a front-row seat to the magic.


As the lights dim, the real spectacle begins. An animated cinematic film unfolds on each tabletop, introducing diners to the diminutive culinary virtuoso, Le Petit Chef. Standing at a mere 6cm tall, Le Petit Chef hails from Marseille, and his reputation precedes him as a master of French cuisine. His antics, portrayed through the projection, take guests on a whimsical journey, for each course from tending to kitchen gardens to battling larger-than-life sea creatures—all in the pursuit of exquisite crafting dishes.

Opting for the Le Grand Chef menu, we eagerly anticipated each course, starting with the burrata salad. While the burrata was luxuriously creamy, we felt that it could have been enhanced with a bit more balsamic reduction and more flavourful tomatoes to elevate the dish further. Next up was the seafood bouillabaisse, a classic French dish brimming with the essence of the ocean. Laden with smoked cod, salmon muscles and a plump shrimp, the bouillabaisse delivered a symphony of flavours that danced on the palate, leaving us craving for more.


The highlight of the evening, for me, was undoubtedly the lobster tail risotto with king prawn, saffron and green peas—a dish that showcased the chef’s mastery of flavours and technique. The flavours were vibrant and well-balanced, leaving a lasting impression on our taste buds. Moving on to the Hereford beef fillet with honey-glazed carrots, broccoli, and potato mash, we found the meat cooked to perfection but lacked seasoning.


The theatrical experience was captivating, and the quality of some dishes was undeniably impressive. In conclusion, Le Petit Chef offers diners a unique and memorable dining experience that combines culinary artistry with technological innovation. The restaurant undoubtedly provides a one-of-a-kind journey for the senses that is worth experiencing.

Menus Le Grand Chef £149pp Le Petit Chef Classic £119 pp Le Petit Chef Junior £59 pp Le Petit Chef Vegetarian £199 pp


Website: www.thelondoncabaretclub.com/thepetitchef


Written by Lorna Bryne

Photos courtesy of Le Petit Chef


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