This restaurant colossus offers unapologetically old-school fine dining. First opened in Chelsea in 1967 by the Roux brothers, Albert and Michel, it’s now run by Michel Roux Jr who took the reins in 1991. Le Gavroche continues to be the go-to haute cuisine establishment for a dignified, extremely wealthy crowd (our reservation took three months to secure). While it may bear the name of the street urchin from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, there’s nothing scruffy about the club-like decor.
Naturally, prices are high, although the set lunch for £52.60 (including half of a bottle of wine) is great value. Our eight-course ‘menu exceptionnel’ started with soufflé suissesse, an exquisitely light and fluffy gruyère soufflé cooked on double cream: an old recipe from the original restaurant. Next, the sourness of an aigre-doux vinaigrette sidelined a salad of braised octopus and soft-shell crab, but happiness was soon restored by a boudin noir served with a runny scotch egg and wicked piece of pork crackling. Roast squab arrived with the perfect degree of rareness, along with braised peas and a jus of haunting intensity. Millefeuille of raspberries and gianduja made a pleasurable finale.
The food is matched by an imperious wine list, with 50 wines offered by the glass. Service was gracious throughout our stay, helping us enjoy the prosperous buzz of the place even more.
|Venue name:||Le Gavroche||Contact:|
43 Upper Brook Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6.30-11pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Marble Arch|
|Price:||Main courses £25-£65. Set lunch £52.60 3 courses incl half bottle of wine, mineral water, coffee. Set dinner (6.30-10pm) £112 tasting menu (£180 incl wine)|
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Renowned for its quality food and expense ..... but go for lunch.
Its sumptuous and affordable.
So I'm not going to pretend that I'm a connoisseur of fine-dining 3 Michelin Star restaurants, but we took advantage of Le Gavroche's lunch time set menu of three courses, canapes, bread and half a bottle of wine for £50. Considering that the food is mind-blowing, this represents great value. I didn't even know that it was possible for pork to be as good as the pork loin served here; simply sensational. And given the price of dining out at generic chain restaurants throughout London, the lunch menu was great value, and I would heartily recommend taking this offer up for a special occasion. Be warned, though, you can only book 3 months in advance, and it generally books out one day at a time.
Ignore the sniffy timeout review - this place is AMAZING. The food is the best we have ever tasted & the service is great. We were made to feel very welcome & comfortable. It's a day out to remember & worth every penny. We went for a special occasion & were not disappointed. True old fashioned top quality cooking.