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October 2018: Chef-patron Michel Roux Jr has appointed Gaetano Farucci as the new head chef of Le Gavroche; the departure of previous head chef Diego Ferrari (who has opened Caractère with his wife, Michel’s daughter, Emily Roux) left the vacancy. Gaetano has been working at Le Gavroche since 2013.

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Summary

“A well-oiled, old-school machine that still delivers!” The Roux dynasty’s Mayfair icon “never goes out of fashion” to its army of fans for whom it’s “simply the best”. Founded in Chelsea in 1967, it moved to its current “cosy” site round the corner from the American Embassy in 1982, and even if the occasional reporter “wishes it wasn’t in a basement” the general effect “oozes class and charm”. Michel Roux Jr succeeded his father at the helm in 1991, and “the regular presence of the great man himself adds value; he takes time with his customers and actually talks!” (Currently his daughter Emily is being primed as next in line.) The Gallic cuisine – under head chef Rachel Humphrey – is “rich and sumptuous”, while the “polished but un-condescending” service under Emanuel Landré is “almost other-worldly good”. “A hefty chunk out of the wallet” is of course de rigueur, but even so gripes about “arm-and-a-leg” bills increased this year, contributing to the food grade missing a 5/5 for the first time in a few years. Top Tip – “The fixed price lunch menu is still the best deal in London!”

£134
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4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
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
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
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
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Reviews of Le Gavroche Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Le Gavroche restaurant.
Eduard B
The 10-course-menue was the best meal I I...
Reviewed 28 days ago

"The 10-course-menue was the best meal I I‘ve ever eaten. With each course, you think that it can not make an increase, and then the next one is even better"

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Marcus R
Not the place it once was. Still worth a tr...
Reviewed 1 months, 25 days ago

"Not the place it once was. Still worth a trip if you haven’t been though, but far better places in London. Used to be my wife’s favourite restaurant. Went for the tasting menu for the first time on my last visit, was very disappointed with the food(although still good) and the unimaginative wine pairings."

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Paul B
Love to have lunch at Le Gavroche, fabulous...
Reviewed 6 months, 22 days ago

"Love to have lunch at Le Gavroche, fabulous food, great service, just wish it wasn't underground."

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D A
had a great lunch it's still as good at eve...
Reviewed 6 months, 23 days ago

"had a great lunch it's still as good at ever"

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Elaine W
What a wonderful restaurant for our special...
Reviewed 7 months, 26 days ago

"What a wonderful restaurant for our special occasion. A joy!"

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43 Upper Brook St, London, W1K 7QR
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Thursday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Friday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Saturday6 pm-10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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