As you well know, London is brimming with all sorts of experiential dining. And often it can be tricky to tell whether an ‘immersive World War III, zombie apocalypse scavenger hunt on the moon’ would fill you with style over substance. But when the global sensation that is Le Petit Chef reached out and invited me to their fully animated fine dining experience at the London Cabaret Club, I leaped at the chance to see what it was all about. Is it worth your hard-earned cash? Read on to find out.
So, what is it? I hear you ask. Well, through the powers of 3D projection mapping technology, the very clever people at Skull Mapping created, Le Petit Chef. Watch as the world’s smallest chef battles pesky moles and giant sea monsters to cook you your dinner. Each and every course comes with a charming animation that is projected directly onto your plate. Once you’ve journeyed through Le Petit Chef’s trials and tribulations, the waiters are ready to serve you the relevant course. As techy as that all sounds, what they’ve managed to create is truly sensational, as Le Petit Chef transports you to the streets of Paris. With a French bistro soundtrack, you feel as though you’ve stepped into Disney’s Ratatouille for the evening.
My boyfriend and I dined on their Le Grand Chef menu, which is their premium five-course menu. And wow, I’m still full. We began with a burrata, tomato and rocket salad with a divine balsamic dressing. A fresh and very tasty classic that only made us more excited for what was to come. This was followed by a seafood bouillabaisse, and so you don’t have to Google what that is, it’s a selection of sea critters in a tomato broth. Sounds strange, but it was bangin’. Next up was my second-favourite course, the lobster, king prawn, and asparagus risotto. Which was swiftly succeeded by the show-stopper dish, a tender beef fillet that literally dissolved in your mouth. And then just as we were about to burst, they served a traditional crème brûlée with a vibrant berry sorbet. The entire feast was *chef’s kiss*. No pun intended.
Naturally, this experience is on the expensive side, with the Le Grand Chef menu coming in at £149 per person. But the classic menu, which only differs very slightly, costs £119 per person. This does include a bottle of wine, as a heads up. Le Petit Chef is also a hit with the kids and there’s a children’s menu to cater to them costing £59 per child.
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This experience is ideal for people who want to try something a little different for their next meal out. It’s utterly romantic and completely lovely and I’m totally besotted by the experience. Take a date, a mate, your kids or your family, as Le Petit Chef caters to all and leaves everyone feeling the warm fuzzies. Honestly, my cup is still full from my time here and I can’t recommend it enough.
💰 The damage: £149 per person for the Le Grand Chef Menu, which includes a bottle of wine.
📍 The location: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA.
👌 Perfect for: Immersive dining lovers, a romantic date night spot or a fun family activity.
⭐ Need to know: Children aged 6 and above are allowed to dine.