Though our reporters resolutely love Club Gascon’s “beautiful dishes with amazing combinations of flavour and colours”, there were one or two gripes last year that the interior was starting to feel “a bit 90s”. So news that Pascal Aussignac’s City venture will reopen later this month following a major refurbishment is happy indeed.
The restaurant, opened by chef and business partner Vincent Labeyrie almost 20 years ago, is situated in a Grade II listed building, previously Lyon’s Tea House.
The renovation has meant that Club Gascon has been able to dramatically extend their kitchen and open up the basement area of the restaurant. The new dining room will feature a semi-private dining space able to accommodate up to 10 guests
There will also be an ‘evolved menu format’, which will continue to be shaped by Club Gascon’s signature style of flavours “rooted in SW France”. The à la carte menu will now be presented as a triptych: dedicated respectively to the past, present and future of Club Gascon. The past section, Gascon, will feature Pascal’s classic dishes with a newly modern approach. The present, Season, will showcase the very best products following seasonality. Garden represents the future and Pascal’s sense on where eating will go in the next few years, being even more focused on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes
Five and seven course “Chef’s signature” menus will change on a daily basis. At lunch, menus will available from two, three and five courses. With the reopened cocktail and lounge area Le Bar (formerly Cellar Gascon) located next door to the restaurant, guests can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and French tapas.