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London Restaurants

Le Gavroche

Updated 03/06/2014

Fodor's Review

MasterChef judge Michel Roux Jr. works the floor in the old fashioned proprietorial way at this clubby basement institution in Mayfair—established by his father and uncle in 1967—and which many still rate to this day as the best formal dining in London. With magnificent shiny silver domes and unpriced ladies' menus, Roux's mastery of classical French haute cuisine hypnotizes all-comers with signatures like foie gras with cinnamon-scented crispy duck pancake, soufflé Suissesse, roast venison with red wine jus, or saddle of rabbit with Parmesan cheese. Desserts like Roux's famous chocolate omelette soufflé or upside-down apple tart are unswervingly accomplished. Notable three-course set lunches (£54) are the sanest way to experience such unashamed, overwrought flummery—with half a bottle of wine, water, coffee, and petits fours thrown in.

Restaurant Information

Address:

43 Upper Brook St., London, W1K 7QR, England

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Phone:

020-7408–0881

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun. and bank holiday Mon.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 03/06/2014

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By Louise

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Nov 6, 2006

1.5 hrs wait for undercooked pig, response from Michel Roux 'leave my restaurant!!'

This was our 3rd visit to Le Gavroche, the last one a year ago was fantastic, but things have gone downhill. We had a table booked for 9.30, our main course was served at 11.05pm! At about 10.55pm a waiter looking worried ruched over and stated they had a problem but it wouldn't be much longer. Clearly they had messed up our order and were rushing, the roast pig came out at 11.05pm. It was ceremoniously carved, unfortunately it was pink and clearly

undercooked. We politely asked them to take it back. A few minutes later an irate waiter came over and told us it was cooked ok the blood was just from where they had cut the bone!! The meal was re brought out minutes later and had been pan fried, delicious, not! Next thing a furious Michel Roux came out, you would think to apologise, but no to tell us not to come back to his restaurant again and then proceeded to remove our meal. Obviously we would never return even if every meal had been free in the future. The head waiter came and apologised as we left and concurred that Michel Roux had been out of order and we were right about the meal. Just a minor point the starters were mixed quality, my husband's was good but nothing special, my scallops were bland and supposed to be flavoured with ginger, I failed to detect any ginger. Would I recommedn this restaurant, well only if you want a Basil Fawlty experience and watch a supposed professional not admit any fault when clearly there was plenty.

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By Ellen

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Dec 5, 2002

Special Occasion Paradise

Yes it's expensive - but for a memorable dining experience you cant beat this place. Impeccable, yet friendly, service - relaxed pace - phenomenal food - lovely decor. The staff made us feel at ease and very important!

By Larry

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Feb 4, 2001

Better than Expected

We eat out a great deal both locally in Manhattan and at the "best" restaurants abroad. Le Gavroche has been our favorite. The food was great, the portions more than adequate and the service impeccable. The waiters and maitre d'hotels could not have been nicer and more helpful. Who says the best food in the world is in Paris or New York?

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