French Restaurants in London
. Gauthier Soho
French restaurant in Soho
21 Romilly St - W1
The charming necessity to ring the doorbell to get in helps to whisk you miles from Soho at this intimate and elegant townhouse, whose calm and quiet atmosphere is amazing for somewhere just one street away from Shaftesbury Avenue. Alexis Gauthiers mind-blowingly fantastic seasonal cuisine is some of the best French cooking in London classic, but never old fashioned and backed up by an unusual and interesting wine selection; while uncloying service is of the nothing-is-too-much-trouble variety. The absence of a Michelin Star since 2012 is baffling and starkly calls into question the judgement of the tyre men. Top Tip lunch is a real snip.
. Oslo Court
French restaurant in St John's Wood
Charlbert Street - NW8
How restaurants used to be this fun throwback to the 1970s, quirkily located at the foot of a Regents Park apartment block perfectly preserves the plush pink style of the era; while its wonderful happy atmosphere is buoyed along by celebratory parties of septuagenarian north Londoners bantering with long-serving staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. The generous dishes are old-fashioned, but superb if you like the style (where else can you find a proper veal Holstein?) and theres always a full house because its such good value (its booked well ahead by those who know it). Be sure to leave space for Neils dessert trolley.
. Le Gavroche
French restaurant in Mayfair
43 Upper Brook St - W1
A well-oiled, old-school machine that still delivers! The Roux dynastys Mayfair icon never goes out of fashion to its army of fans for whom its 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 wasnt 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!
. Sketch, Lecture Room
French restaurant in Mayfair
9 Conduit St - W1
Take your sense of humour and embrace the place, say fans of this crazy, wonderful chamber a stunning space on the first floor of a huge Mayfair palazzo. That its shockingly expensive occasions less outrage nowadays, and when it comes to the tasting menus (overseen by Pierre Gagnaire), while there may be a few more components in each dish too many there are some nice marriages of flavours and results can be remarkable. Its not everyones cup of tea, but the trick is to admire the quality and meticulousness, while not taking the ponciness too seriously.
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London British, Modern £59
Just off Regent Street, a handy brasserie-style operation serving thoroughly competent but rather unremarkable dishes at prices seemingly inflated by association with proprietor Gordon Ramsay.... More
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