Club Gascon

Price guide: Expensive

57 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS

Price guide: Expensive

Club Gascon restaurant and Cellar Gason wine bar

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#52 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Club Gascon

A sumptuous, silver-ceilinged setting for some of London’s most inventive cooking.

I reckon any meal at Club Gascon is a special occasion – the food is original and extraordinary. The best way to enjoy it is to (i) check your bank balance, (ii) take a friendly foodie, and (iii) live it up.

Food and drink: 

The artful tapas-sized dishes are designed for sharing – if you and your companion choose four courses each you’ll taste your way through around half the menu. There’s a Gascony/south-west France theme to the ingredients and wines but really this is the sort of restaurant where the sorbet is made from oysters, sea urchin is paired with venison, and a waiter could suddenly appear to grate popcorn over your dish as though it were parmesan cheese.

Ambience: 

Glossy luxury. At lunchtimes you’ll be amongst deal-makers, but come evening the interior is well suited to romance.

Service: 

Supremely slick and formal.

Location: 

In a former Lyon’s Tea House by Smithfield meat market.

Price advice: 

The weekday set lunch deal is £25 for three courses – a real bargain when you consider individual dishes cost £10-£23 and the tasting menu is £55 for five courses, or £85 with matching wines included. Sadly the wine list has little under £30 a bottle.

Other useful branches: 

The adjacent Cellar Gascon is a sophisticated wine bar with excellent food owned by the same people. Along the road is Le Comptoir Gascon café-restaurant and shop, where the dishes are heartier and more rustic, and Sloane Square is host to Le Cercle, another spot with fine dining dishes for sharing. See website for details.

More information on Club Gascon:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant, Wine bar
Food:
French, Modern, Tapas
Address:
57 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS
Telephone:
020 7796 0600
Website:
http://www.clubgascon.com/cc_intro.php
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur noon-2pm, 7pm-10pm; Fri noon-2pm, 7pm-10.30pm, Sat 7pm-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Gascony

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