Le Gavroche

Price guide: Expensive

43 Upper Brook Street, London, W1K 7QR

Price guide: Expensive

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By Jenni Muir, your London expert

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#46 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
5
5.0
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Le Gavroche

In the mood for traditional French haute cuisine? Le Gavroche offers grade-A grandeur.

Le Gavroche is a local legend established in the late 1960s, and the wellspring from which many of today’s best British chefs (and front of house staff) have flowed. That history pervades every meal here. Standards are exacting and it’s always a thrill to book a table, knowing that you will experience fine food and cosseting service.

Food and drink: 

I’m not suggesting this keeps him awake at night, but Michel Roux Jnr and I have very different ideas on what is visually appealing. For me, even the contemporary dishes here look a bit 1989 and it’s the retro-chic classics that are most successful: cheese soufflé cooked on double cream; artichoke filled with foie gras, truffles and chicken mousse; duck pot-au-feu; roast veal with creamed morel mushroom sauce and mashed potato. To finish, whatever’s chocolate is always tempting but I can never pass up the dessert soufflés, including omelette Rothschild flavoured with apricot and Cointreau, and hot passion fruit soufflé with white chocolate ice-cream – sheer heaven.

Ambience: 

A genteel, moneyed crowd (which may even include royalty) is joined by couples out for a special occasion – the result is a buzzing formality.

Service: 

State of the art, complete with silver cloches, twin sister maitre d’s and plenty of ceremony in the wine presentation.

Location: 

In the heart of Mayfair – take a taxi.

Price advice: 

Undeniably expensive in the evening (the menu exceptionnel is £96.40 per person, or £152.60 with matching wines), but Le Gavroche’s set lunch is famously good value at £48.90 per head for a meal including three courses, mineral water, coffee and petits fours, and a half bottle of wine.

More information on Le Gavroche:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French
Address:
43 Upper Brook Street, London, W1K 7QR
Telephone:
020 7408 0881
Website:
http://www.le-gavroche.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Sat 6.30pm-11pm. Closed Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Roux brothers, Masterchef, Haute cuisine

Have you been to Le Gavroche? Would you recommended it?