Gauthier Soho is gracious to the point of being rarefied – there’s even a bell on the front door to announce arrivals at the sumptuous Georgian townhouse. The dining areas, spread over two floors, are furnished in shades of cream, and the atmosphere is as hushed as the genteel conversation of the mainly mature clientele.
Alexis Gauthier has made his name turning out cutting-edge French dishes, which often involve putting seasonal vegetables centre stage – perhaps buttery, slow-cooked fennel, baby turnips teamed with salmon, or beetroot purée partnered with scallops. As well as the carte, options include extravagant tasting menus. Top marks go to an intensely aromatic smoked seafood broth, studded with prawns and sea urchin and spiked with citrusy curd made from yuzu. Main courses were decent rather than exceptional. Flavoursome and tender, pink-cooked lamb cutlets, roast sliced loin and confit of slow-cooked shoulder worked well with a meaty jus enriched with roasted garlic.
Desserts were a disappointment: strawberry millefeuille, topped with a whirl of retro whipped cream, was let down by a flat-tasting mismatch of yoghurt and lime sorbet. Service is attentive – at times overly so. Gripes aside, Gauthier Soho remains a worthwhile special occasion indulgence.
|Venue name:||Gauthier Soho||Contact:|
21 Romilly Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Tue-Sat. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||Set meal £45 3 courses, £55 4 courses, £65 5 courses; £70 tasting menu (£100-£130 incl wine); £60 vegetarian tasting menu (£90-£120 incl wine); (lunch, 5.30-7pm) £18 2 courses (£26 with half bottle of wine), £25 3 courses (£33 with half bottle of wine)|
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
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Decent enough but there are better places now in London. The food is good but if I was pushed? I would say there are many better places to spend similar money, and even more when it's easy to spend less for the same quality.
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We have eaten at several Michelin starred restaurants now and this is still our favourite for food, wine and service. We had the Summer tasting menu - eight courses of perfect food - with accompanying wine flight, and would highly recommend the experience. As wine amateurs, we really appreciate the detail into which the sommelier goes about the wine pairing before each course, far more so than any other wine flight we have taken elsewhere, and there were several particularly excellent pairings. The service all round is immaculate, with the perfect balance struck between friendly and attentive, and without any of the pomposity which sometimes comes with fine dining. We would not hesitate to recommend Gauthier and will be returning as soon as we are able.
I've been to Gauthier a number of times now, and I do not really agree with the review here. Without a doubt, this is a restaurant worthy of 5-stars if there has ever been one. The black truffle risotto is one of the very best dishes I have ever eaten. I would recommend the wine taster menu, as the pairing of each course is absolutely incredible. It's also excellent value for the set lunch, with is about £30 for a three course meal (with some extras thrown in between courses) and a half bottle of wine per person. As for the service, you couldn't do a whole lot better. I have always found the staff to be polite and extremely attentive. The sommelier is extremely knowledgable and really adds value by explaining how the flavours will pair with each course. Stil my favourite restaurant.