Club Gascon

Address: 57 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7796 0600

- Expensive

4.1

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.

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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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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