For 30 years, Le Gavroche has been the epitome of luxury and exclusivity with its discreet, gentleman's-club-like ambience and classic French menu. ... More
For 30 years, Le Gavroche has been the epitome of luxury and exclusivity with its discreet, gentleman's-club-like ambience and classic French menu. The combination of high style, culinary excellence and outstanding service makes it unequalled in London. In fact, the service is so good that the restaurant won an award for best service, and for general excellence in the Moet and Chandon London Restaurant awards. The menu is comprised of classic French dishes prepared to the highest standard. If plates like lobster mousse with caviar and a champagne butter sauce sound delightful, then you may have to consider selling your house and frequenting Le Gavroche more often. A jacket and tie are required.
Le Gavroche definitely has an old-school, classic elegance to it, and the service is top notch. Great for a romantic dinner. For being a world top 50 restaurant though, I expected more - the food was ok but not as good as I would've expected, especially when compared to some of the finer restaurants in San Francisco
Waiters all have french accents, and are formally dressed in black. Before the restaurant gets busy, they tend to bustle around uselessly, or hover together in small groups, talking amongst themselves.
Salted and unsalted butter accompany the bread basket. I choose a wheat baguette from the five offerings. I only have one bite, as it is lukewarm and somewhat tough.
The sommelier is a woman, Celia, and she poorly conceals a sniff of disdain when I decline any wines with the meal.
An enormous silver bowl filled with iced varieties of white and pink champagne is brought to the table next to me, where the flower arrangement in the wall niche is so low it hits the gentleman in the head. Given the amount of money it costs here to have dinner, they should not have a table in that location.
Enrico is my waiter, and he explains each dish.
There is a four piece amuse bouche. Two artichoke hearts are hot and mouth-wateringly good, lightly battered and deep fried. Two cold quail eggs rest on a bed of celeriac remoulade and are garnished with paprika.
The first course is a warm spring green salad that consists of artichoke hearts, carrots, sweet onions, mushrooms, chestnuts, and the tinest of crispy croutons, dressed in a raspberry vinaigrette. It is excellent.
The second course is their signature dish. A twice baked cheese souffle in fresh cream is airy and delicious, very light in taste.
The third course is a soft polenta, whixh serves as a bed for a tempura of baby artichokes, red pepper coulis and herb olive oil. Wafer thin bread with a puree of black olives on one side and a mayonnaise of garlic & saffron on the other is sharp and unpleasant.
The fourth course is a vegetable cannelloni filled with ratatouille on a bed of good couscous, resting in butter sauce with a watercress coulis. (It is improved with a little lemon juice.)
This is followed by vegetables stuffed with vegetables, in an overly salty potato-truffle sauce. A baked tomato holds a julienned green vegetable. The spinach mousse with carrots is mushy. There are potatoes with sweet onions. Aubergine is somehow tough on the outside and too soft on the inside.
Overall, the presentation is pretty, but the vegetables themselves are tasteless.
The cheese board has 40 different varieties on it. I choose an incredibly creamy Conte from the french Pyrenees mountains, and a hard Cheran Mont D'Or. They are served with a crispy, thin, walnut-raisin bread, plum chutney, celery and quince jelly.
The first dessert is a fresh pineapple carpaccio with basil mint garnish and a touch of white rum underneath a creme de caramel donut. It is somehow heavy and overly sweet.
Tea of fresh mint leaves is fragrant and boiling hot, served in a delicate white china cup with the ever present chef logo on the side/ White sugar cubes and brown sugar cubes are brought in silver holders with a small silver spoon on a silver, doily-lined tray.
The last dessert is a petite bitter chocolate cake garnished with gold leaf, and a bitter chocolate sorbet. They are pure in flavor, and taste delicious when combined.
Different petite fours are brought as the final touch to complete the meal, an almond cake with rum that is nice, coconut macaroon, candied gooseberries and lace cookies.
Presentation on everything throughout the meal is dramatic and lovely, but tastes are all a little off, seeming to rely on an excess of ingredients. Only the first two courses, the cheese board and the second dessert are flawless; the remaining half of the dishes disappoint a little.
Le Gavroche may have been a London institution, but now it seems to be coasting on its former reputation. Unfortunately and despite having 2 michelin stars, Le Gavroche is merely a slightly better than adequate meal, and not worth the money
This place is very expensive, but worth the money. The staff knows how to serve and take care of the customer. Food is excellent. I belive you would call it classical French. The atmosphere is quiet and on the dark side, no chrome, glass and bright lights. One downside, though. They arn't real excited about single diners. I have been in three times by myself, though.
Great food and service at this Michelin rated restaurant in Mayfair. Truely wonderful in all regards. We can't wait to go back! It exceeded our expectations and we have been to numerous 4-star restaurants in Europe and U.S.
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