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Petit Pois Bistro: Bringing Happiness to Hoxton

The team behind two of London’s most successful cocktail bars, Happiness Forgets and Original Sin, launched their first restaurant, Petit Pois Bistro, in Hoxton Square this June.

The team behind two of London’s most successful cocktail bars, Happiness Forgets and Original Sin, launched their first restaurant, Petit Pois Bistro, in Hoxton Square this June.

seen london Petit Pois Bistro Exterior

After meeting last year, and realising that they had a mutual love of classic French food, Alastair Burgess of Happiness Forgets, and Chef Chris Smith, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and whose career spans Michelin-starred restaurants to London street food, set out to open a cosy French bistro in East London; at the heart of the Hoxton arts and media scene and the thriving local entertainment district.

seen london Petit Pois Bistro Table

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Petit Pois Bistro offers a small menu of uncomplicated French classics seven days a week. The restaurant is now open from 9am – 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 9am – 5pm on Sundays. Talking about their inspiration, Alastair says, “We were tired of all the new restaurants in London being either super-fine dining, or gourmet fast food. We wanted to create somewhere that sat in the middle. People can come here with a reservation and enjoy great food, off real plates, at reasonable prices.”

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Pastries and coffee by Assembly Roasters are served from 9am, seven days a week. Visitors for lunch or dinner can enjoy comforting classics off the main bistro menu (available from 11am on weekdays), such as Moules Marinière, Steak Frites with Béarnaise, and Duck Confit with Onion Purée and Gratin Dauphinoise. A delicious chocolate mousse is served straight from the bowl at diners’ tables.

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In addition, a small wine list has been carefully put together by Sommelier Chris Madden (formerly of Social Eating House). Guests can also enjoy drinks off a small cocktail menu, created by Alastair himself.

SEEN loves weekend brunches, and here it is served from 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday, featuring traditional dishes such as Croque Madame, Scrambled Eggs on Toast with Gravadlax, and Eggs Benedict on Brioche. The normal bistro menu is also available from 12 noon all weekend.

seen london Steak Frites

The 25-cover bistro with additional seating for 10 on the east-facing terrace, has been designed by Hannah Darby of Moxy and Co., who were also responsible for the interiors of Original Sin (Best New Bar at Time Out Bar Awards 2016). Exposed brick walls, antique French pendant lights, intimate booths and a beautiful black-and-white tiled bar top come together to create a warm and informal environment.

According to Alastair, “Petit Pois Bistro will do for restaurants what Happiness Forgets did for bars – make people really happy!” SEEN keenly anticipates that joy.

To book, email
or call 0207 613 3689.

Petit Pois Bistro
9 Hoxton Square
N1 6NU

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