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Gauthier Soho

Restaurants, French Soho
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Gauthier Soho

Time Out says

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.

 

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Address: 21 Romilly Street
London
W1D 5AF
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus
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5 out of 5 stars

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4.5 / 5

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I know it may be controversial to say, but I often find that French cuisine these days can be, well, a little boring. But boring isn’t what I found with Alexis Gauthier's modern French cuisine. I feel like I’m attending a dinner party at a (much wealthier) friend’s place. I ring the doorbell and I’m greeted with people to take my coat and a nice glowing warmth, fragrant with flowers and candle wax. Being the first table to be seated in one of the dining rooms, we were afforded a moment of quietness after stepping off the bustling Soho streets below. Gauthier is how you’d envision entertaining your friends on a special occasion. It’s understated and yet dotted with a modern elegance and playfulness in the embroidered napkins.  The food is executed with such delicacy in flavours, each dish is balanced, yet pointed in what he wants to achieve and highlight. The carrot tartare is a bit of theatre as it is minced at your table and has really delicate - the sweet flavours of the carrot is highlighted by the condiments you add. The roasted Scottish scallops were also deliciously silky, sea sweet and delicate. The winter black truffle risotto was fragrant and filling without being too heavy, rich and sickly which I find truffle risotto can be at times. The wild black halibut had a wonderful fish sauce and a nice lift after the heavier risotto dish. The Highland venison was the final main and was so so tender and savoury sweet with the pumpkin, pear and truffle. I was delighted to find out that you get a taste of everything with four desserts - the first being Gruyère d’Alpage, a cheese dish which cleansed and prepped the palate for the sweeter things to come. The Lychee glacé is wonderfully refreshing and light; while in decadent contrast, the Golden Louis XV is rich, chocolaty with a deliciously crunchy praline base, which was my favourite part. Tea and coffee is also served with in-house-made marshmallows and macarons. Definitely dining that’s a little bit fancy without being overly ostentatious and perfect for a little celebration. 


Tip: Alexis Gauthier is vegan and an advocate of the same, so there is a vegan degustation option on the menu; he also has a book to help you navigate all things vegetable, in season and with French techniques.


Good For: date night, special occasion, vegetarians/ vegans, Michelin star 


Gauthier continues to deliver. Been there 6 (?) years now, and just sort of remains, under the radar, doing what it does, brilliantly. Where else in Soho can you get this type of thing? A proper old school fine dining place where you feel looked after. Food is brilliant, really tasty and exactly what you want. We went for my wife’s birthday, which she adored especially with all the little extra courses and gifts you get. Obviously popular too as it was always fully booked so we booked a few weeks in advance and then we went there was Tom Odell (pop singer) at the next table. Recommended.


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.

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