43 Upper Brook Street, London, W1K 7QR
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Le Gavroche
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.
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.
A genteel, moneyed crowd (which may even include royalty) is joined by couples out for a special occasion – the result is a buzzing formality.
State of the art, complete with silver cloches, twin sister maitre d’s and plenty of ceremony in the wine presentation.
In the heart of Mayfair – take a taxi.
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:
- 43 Upper Brook Street, London, W1K 7QR
- 020 7408 0881
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Sat 6.30pm-11pm. Closed Sun.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Roux brothers, Masterchef, Haute cuisine