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Summary

London’s oldest temple of Gallic gastronomy narrowly missed the No. 1 slot in this year’s survey, but for its legions of fans remains “the absolute pinnacle of fine dining”. Established by Albert Roux nearly 50 years ago (and run by his son, Michel Roux Jr for the last 25), its hallmark style combines “richly indulgent” cuisine (overseen by head chef Rachel Humphrey) and an “astonishing, predominantly French wine list”, served in a “classy” if “dated”, “’70s-France” basement setting, while it follows a pleasing, “slightly anachronistic” formula (“jackets required for men, ladies’ menus don’t have prices”). “Ever-attentive, charming and unostentatious” staff add further to the experience, as does the “accessibility and personal attention” of the main man, who is much in evidence. The price? – best not to ask, but the set lunch is “stonking value”. Top Menu Tip – soufflé Suissesse.

£132
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Michel Roux’s “iconic” Mayfair bastion (est 1967, by his father Albert) provides a “flawless and indulgent” treat, wherein “psychic” staff deliver “elegant” French cuisine and a “wine-lover’s” list “full of gems”. That the basement setting looks “a little dated” is all part of the traditional charm, and the main man’s regular presence helps underpin “a truly magnificent experience”. Top Tip – “the best value set lunch ever”.

£132
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Steeped in classic Gallic tradition”, this “formal” Mayfair basement is “immune from trends and fashion”, and – with Michel Roux Jr often very much in evidence – “unsurpassed” for those looking for a “majestic” old-school meal; “the bill makes you cry”, though, so “book months ahead for the fantastic lunch deal”.

£136
Exceptional
Exceptional
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“As relevant today as it ever was!” – M Roux Jr’s “timeless classic”, in Mayfair, won this year’s vote as “London’s finest gastronomic experience”; “the bill’s stratospheric, but so’s the performance!”, with “sublime” Gallic cuisine and magisterial “old school” service; “unbelievably good” set lunch (book months ahead).

£131
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Le Gavroche Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Le Gavroche Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Le Gavroche restaurant.
RIC A
menu exceptionnel was amazing...
Reviewed 2 months, 13 days ago

"menu exceptionnel was amazing"

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Emma C
Amazing food and excellent service. All rou...
Reviewed 2 months, 20 days ago

"Amazing food and excellent service. All round a wonderful dining experience. Albeit a very expensive one."

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Tim M
Yet another top class lunch here with my wi...
Reviewed 4 months, 12 days ago

"Yet another top class lunch here with my wife. This is the place for a special experience. No complaints whatsoever and happy with new deal.of service being included in lunch cost ."

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R H
The place to go for any celebratory meal. S...
Reviewed 5 months, 9 days ago

"The place to go for any celebratory meal. Simply perfect at lunch."

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Ian D
Great meal, sadly somewhat spoiled when we ...
Reviewed 8 months, 13 days ago

"Great meal, sadly somewhat spoiled when we found out how the service charge is used."

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Helen K
Superb food, excellent service, impressive ...
Reviewed 9 months, 11 days ago

"Superb food, excellent service, impressive wine list and extremely knowledgeable sommelier. Decor dated but it is still cosy."

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Richard F
One of the very best in the country - parti...
Reviewed 9 months, 11 days ago

"One of the very best in the country - particularly the set lunch which is the best value in London"

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Paul A
Whatever the latest, usually temporary, tre...
Reviewed 9 months, 23 days ago

"Whatever the latest, usually temporary, trends may be, Le Gavroche remains what the French would call a focus of culinary excellence and it will continue to outshine most of the other highly-rated restaurants because it maintains its high standards and its respect for the classical tradition that is the foundation stone of the training of all the best chefs as well as its respect for the very best of fresh seasonal ingredients. Right from the start, with the warm welcome, one is made to feel like a valued part of the whole dining experience, and all the excellent staff do everything necessary to ensure that the diners will enjoy their meal. On this particularly warm evening it was a pleasure to find the dining room comfortably air-conditioned, and the restaurant’s justifiable popularity was demonstrated by the fact that it was as good as full by 6:30. We indulged ourselves with one of our favourite fizzes, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, to begin the evening, and this went very well with the canapés, cream cheese and quince jelly, and a super celeriac remoulade with radish. The Menu Exceptionnel commenced, as usual, with the signature soufflé Suissesse which was really light and an exceptional match for the champagne we had deliberately kept back. To go with the first three, fish, courses we opted for a bottle of Guigal Condrieu, which showed its versatility and handled the different tastes and textures extremely well. Marinated and seared sea trout perfectly balanced with trendy bottarga, two kinds of beetroot and a “late harvest” Canadian vinegar juice got things off to an excellent start, and this was followed by superb sweet roasted Scottish scallops in a wonderful Chartreuse velouté with juliennes of carrots you could smell the freshness of. Another popular fish in restaurants at the moment is stone bass and this version with its scent and taste of Ras el hanout accompanied by genuine Camargue red rice, fennel coulis, aubergine and a pumpkin crisp rather put the others we’ve had in the shade. Brilliantly succulent pressed pig’s head terrine with braised Hereford snails, lemon, and brick to go with the inimitable parsley purée was a fitting lead up to some incomparable pigeon, French may be, but delicious none the less and superbly matched by a 1999 Pommard which served to bring out the full taste of the bird in all its subtlety - both the leg and the breast - and emphasised the reasons for including roasted peanut which edged its way forward on the palate at the finale. Some warm homemade bread worked very well with the mainly French cheese selection and our palates were again regaled by the strawberry dessert, the best of local fruit with perfect vanilla cream, light pistachio cake and an outstanding strawberry sorbet. Coffee and petits fours finished the evening which was truly a demonstration of haute cuisine at its best."

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43 Upper Brook St, London, W1K 7QR
Opening hours

lunch noon - 2 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10 pm
Last orders: 10 pm

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