Le Gavroche

47 Park Street Hotel, 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7QP
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Review Summary from 8 reviews

Address
47 Park Street Hotel, 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7QP

Telephone
020 7408 0881

Cuisine
French

Region
Mayfair

Nearest Station
Marble Arch (0.23 miles)

Website
http://www.le-gavroche.co.uk/

Opening Summary

Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 14.00 & 18.30 - 23.00;
Saturday: 18.30 - 23.00.
Menu last orders 22.00.

Restaurant Facilities

Children Welcome

Credit Cards Accepted

Booking Advisable

Le Gavroche is a class act, something the Roux brothers set out to achieve when they opened this restaurant in 1967. Now Michel Roux Jr. is in charge, and he continues to deliver the same high standards; he’s in the kitchen every day, and does a round of the room to greet the guests every lunch and dinnertime. He is also becoming a household name thanks to his appearances on BBC’s Masterchef.

Le Gavroche is a tightly run operation; the composition of the dishes, presentation, and service are faultless. The dining room décor may be a bit passé, but this is almost immediately forgotten. It’s also pricey (and is in the Guinness Book of Records for serving the most expensive meal in history) but there’s a £52 tasting menu with three courses, half a bottle of wine, coffee and petits fours which is exceptional value.

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All In London Review

Le Gavroche dishes up the food of kings

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One could start a review of Le Gavroche with the words institution, benchmark-setting and veteran, as brothers Albert and Michel Roux first opened this renowned French eatery in 1967. Going down this road, there should be mention of being awarded three Michelin stars, and that this was the first UK restaurant to achieve such an accolade. But instead of dipping into a bottomless pool of facts, it’ll save an awful amount of time to skip straight to the point; this famous restaurant, now with Michel Roux Jr. in charge, has a reputation that is deservedly second to none.

The décor may appear to have changed little in the last four decades, but it’s a grower, after a little while it becomes apparent that the fussy carpeted floor does a good job of muting the clattering of shoes. Plates are painted with colourful images of the “gavroche” or street urchin that gives the restaurant its name, as well as of Roux Jr. himself. Even the cutlery is adorned with figurines, and it’s all for sale, along with the striking frog that sits on the table which we later find out costs a mere £2,000.

No less than three amuse bouche arrive in quick succession, all with good strong flavours: crispy Parmesan straws, well-seasoned egg mayonnaise vol-au-vents, and delicious smoked eel with horseradish crostini.

We decide to compare dishes from both the set lunch menu and the à la carte, after all, Le Gavroche is in the Guinness Book of Records for having served the most expensive meal in history (a cool £13,000 among three people in 1997). On the other hand, the set menu offers fantastic value with a three course meal plus half a bottle of wine, coffee and petits fours for just over £50.

The ragoût of moules has shelled mussels in a light, silky chowder, with earthy chestnut mushrooms, and parsley adding a hint of grassiness to the broth. Another starter pairs a boiled egg, crumbed, with exceptionally creamy boudin noir. A slightly piquant tomato chutney cuts through this rich blood sausage, and there is a salad with sliced raw asparagus, cured ham and a piece of salty crackling, it’s a little like a deluxe fried breakfast.

The roast saddle of rabbit comes with a number of tasty accoutrements: a large “galette” of Parmesan serves as a lid, covering juicy mushrooms and potato crisps, along with artichoke hearts and roasted caramelised garlic, all complementing the flavour of game.

A firm, meaty hunk of John Dory has been roasted just enough so that it remains moist and flakes to the touch. The fish is served atop a potato rösti with shelled crunchy broad beans; it's a clever mix of textures.

It’s great news that it’s impossible to tell which menu each dish has been ordered from; the ragoût and John Dory from the set lunch rate just as highly as the food from the à la carte. Then the monumental cheese trolley makes an appearance; surely this is what heaven is all about. There is so much to try, the saltiness of the ten month aged Beaufort, a sharp, very fresh goat’s cheese, pungent yet creamy Munster… And the Maroille, a curious soft cheese mixed with garlic and spices, with a powdery texture and bright red rind nicknamed the “devil’s suppository” because of its shape and robust taste.

Of course there are dessert wines galore for such an incredible array; we’re particularly struck by the syrupy red Banyuls Reserva. Dessert is a delicate mille feuille made with wafer-thin pastry, with raspberries and praline chocolate cream.

It’s the food of kings, put simply, but the key is that simple ingredients are put together with such skill they produce results that are close to perfection. Service is seamless, we may well have been served by six different members of staff, but they’re all so in tune it’s hardly noticeable. You wouldn’t expect this to come cheap (there are starters costing over £40 for heaven’s sake) but, if you do have the money, you’d be well-advised to spend it here.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Jun 12, 2012


User Useful Tips

You are more likely to get a table at short notice on a Monday.

JW Wells

I'd urge you to do the Somelier's wine pairings with the Chef's Menu, they're fantastic! The Chateau Cabezac "Belveze" 2005 was particularly good.

Raymond P, Surrey

Even though the cheese selection on the Chef's Menu is delicious, don't over-indulge as there's still quite a lot of food to come... you'll be too full for pudding!

Jonathan Roger, London

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As of January 2016, the restaurant will operate in an entirely different way on Mondays – closed to the general public but available for private and corporate hire, as well as making way for a series of unique pop-up events.

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The reputation of the Roux family’s Michelin-starred restaurant alone will be enough to make an impression on your date. It's well deserved, as Michel Roux Jr. serves some of the most exquisitely prepared food in the capital. Let the sommelier take care of the wine, and ask them to wheel their tremendous cheese trolley over after your meal. One for splurging.

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Le Gavroche was voted best restaurant in Europe by the 2012 Traveller’s Choice Restaurant Awards, yet another accolade to add to a lengthy list of Michelin stars and high rankings from AA, World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the Good Food Guide. In 1982 it became the first British restaurant to earn 3 coveted stars (it retains two). More recently Michel Roux Jr. was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Tatler magazine.

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So much more than just a dandy plate of food

It’s not often that a meal requiring you to take out a second mortgage is worth the money, and while we wouldn’t recommend you use up your life savings on a meal, in the case of Le Gavroche, it’s true. Michel Roux Jr.’s superb cuisine, coupled with service that is second to none ensure this restaurant continues to be an institution more than 40 years after opening.

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Le Gavroche was first opened by brothers Michel and Albert Roux in 1967. Their classic Gallic cuisine earned them three Michelin stars, making this the first UK restaurant to do so. Now with Michel Roux Jr in charge, the menu has allowed European and Asian influences to seep in. It is still regarded as one of London’s top eateries (despite losing a star) and there’s normally a lengthy waiting list to book a table.

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Michel Roux Jr. has lent his expert opinion to MasterChef as well as having appeared in Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. He also runs one of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, having taken over the reins from his father Albert.

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The front of house at Le Gavroche is exceptional: staff never put a food wrong, are incredibly considerate and will serve your meal with a smile. The attention to detail provided by everyone from manager Emmanuel Landre down to every last member of staff sets the benchmark for what restaurants should aspire to.

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Le Gavroche once made headlines for serving the most expensive meal in history, but you’ll be glad to know it’s possible to eat like an emperor for under £60 if you visit at lunchtime. This veteran French restaurant is decidedly old school, from the carpeted dining room to Michel Roux Jr’s ritual greeting of guests during service.

User Reviews

Reviewed by PeteCowley
Possibly my best restaurant experience in London. Le Gavroche skilfully combines great food with a great atmosphere. Even though this is a high-class affair, the atmosphere isn't stuffy and the staff are very friendly and not intimidating, which can often be the case at high end places.

SO hard to picka favourite course - probably the Langoustine and Hereford snails in hollandaise sauce. Yum!

Jun 24, 2014
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Reviewed by Jonathan Roger from London
Ate the Chef's Menu here one evening with matching wines - everything was delicious. I came a bit unstuck with the cheeseboard two thirds of the way through the meal though - the waiting staff were very helpful with recommendations but I completely over-ate... just a word of advice to other diners who have the Chef's Menu - there's still quite a lot of food to come by the time you get to the cheeses - so don't be a glutton - pace yourself!

Exquisite meal!

Aug 8, 2013
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Reviewed by Bec from Out of town
I had the menu exceptional on Saturday and I can honestly say it was the best meal I have ever eaten. The staff are efficient without being intrusive. The restaurant layout and lighting creates the perfect atmosphere and there was a real buzz about the place. The food is absolutely devine, I would highly recommend a visit to Le Gavroche for a special night out.

Name: Bec
Location: Out of town

Feb 4, 2013
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Reviewed by carenlester
Le Gavroche is a very nice, classy restaurant. Great food, great service.

Jan 31, 2013
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Reviewed by Shopsomemore
A great lunch experience and amazingly shocked to say it was good value and very fairly priced. No need to remortgage for the lunchtime offer. Highly recommend

Apr 10, 2012
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Reviewed by Anonymous
I have bad memories of trying French restaurants in my early years of being solvent enough to try such places - from severe Maitre'Ds to insouciant staff with a dismissive arrogance regarding the relative merits of food in our dear land here. It was with slight shame that I finally made my first trip to Le Gavroche after toying with the idea for a decade. I should have been reassured by my trips to Roux Seniors' Waterside, but I got there in the end. And I am pleased I did. I am not usually a fan of set menus but the lunch menu was plenty interesting enough to stop my eye from wandering to the a la Carte. The halibut in lobster sauce was memorable, and the staff were delighted to talk through the cheese board and make recommendations. They even spoke very highly of some English cheeses! The sommelier was charming and helpful. The value was spot on and experience so good I felt the urge to splash out on an Armagnac that cost more than the meal - an unbelievable feat.

Jan 25, 2010
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Reviewed by J W Wells
The prix fixe lunch at Gavroche is the bargain of all London. (Get a second mortgage if you stray onto the carte). Michel Roux Jr's cooking is less traditional than that of his father, the great Albert, and there are occasional non-French intrusions such as a recent chorizo which murdered the poulet de Bresse served with it, but the standard remains staggeringly high, and the value for money incomparable. Not only is the cooking superb but Silvano Giraldin's front-of-house redefines service for those us used to English attempts. Tip: you are more likely to get a table at short notice on a Monday. Please invite me.

Aug 29, 2007
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