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survey result

Summary

£103
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“For extravagant excellence”, look no further than this “quirky”, “proper old-school French” establishment near Gray’s Inn, where “splendidly off-the-wall” patron, Otto Tepasse, “is at times both chef, sommelier and confidant”. “Old-fashioned silver service, rich dishes (including the signature ‘canard à la presse’), a wine cellar that seems to have no limits, and waiters who prep the sauces in front of you” all make for “great theatre and superb food. It’s slightly bonkers, but brilliant. Maybe wear elasticated trousers!” Top Menu Tip – “the scallops sealed in their shells, with the obligatory caviar, with puff pastry is a dish of the year”.

Summary

£98
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Unique and outstanding!”“don’t be fooled by the unprepossessing exterior” of Otto Tepasse’s very “individual” venture, near Gray’s Inn: “one of London’s better restaurants”. “Inside you find an eclectic, comfortable, old-fashioned interior” (“akin to the ambience of a country antique shop”), where le patron (much in evidence) and his “charming” team deliver “comforting and traditional, beautifully prepared French dishes”, as part of an old-school and “romantic” experience that’s “semi-theatrical in a very good way”. “Their signature dish – ordered in advance – is Duck à la Presse”: “quite a performance and possibly the richest three courses you’ll ever eat” (safest “to be sampled only once in a lifetime!”). Other Top Menu Tips – “exceptional tournedos Rossini and steak tartare”.

Summary

£91
 ££££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A wonderful throwback to those halcyon days when you didn’t think of what you were eating and just tucked in with reckless abandon!” – Otto Tepasse’s “quirky” dining room, near Gray’s Inn, offers a masterclass in “unashamedly old-school French gastronomy” (most famously duck or lobster ‘à la presse’). Not only is his personal, eccentric approach welcome in an ever-more homogenous world, but it’s “also a wonderful reminder of what traditional, classic French cuisine is like and why it has led the world for as long as it has as the gold standard in culinary skill”. The famed ‘canard à la presse’ itself is “staggeringly good – a wonderful experience with plenty of theatre”. “A unique experience in London” and “very memorable”, but “not to be repeated often if you care about your waistline or artery linings!”

Summary

£73
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A joyous celebration of how restaurants used to be and how they should be”; “eccentric Otto” is “a breath of fresh French air”, and his “gift of showmanship”, “traditional service” and “classic Gallic cuisine” – all in a “pleasant and old-fashioned”, if slightly “faded”, dining room in out-of-the-way Bloomsbury – is part of a nowadays “unique” approach that most diners feel is “always a wow”. “Otto’s duck and lobster à la presse is superlative” (he’s recently added pigeon too), “the steak tartare is London’s best” and such culinary throwbacks form part of a “magnificent”, unreformed, old-school menu. Caveats? – some of the food is “devastatingly cream-rich – not all modern eaters could manage it” – and “though it’s all very likeable, watch out as the bill stacks up quickly”. “But it’s one-of-a-kind”.

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Restaurant details

Yes
12, 28
No dress code
50
Yes

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£18.00 £40.00 £14.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £3.95
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
182 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8EW
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday6 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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