Thursday, 3 July 2014

Gauthier Soho

Private dining

It has been over three years since I last visited Gauthier, the former 1 starred Michelin French restaurant hidden in Soho. This time around I headed back for a private dining experience, the cool thing about the restaurant is that it has a number of private dining rooms to suit the different size parties, we went for the "Games Room" with some fun elements around the room to add a relaxing touch to the space.

Gauthier Soho
Games Room

We were given a private party menu of two choices for each course beside the risotto, I was in love with the pan fried foie gras, it was creamy and packed with luxurious tastes. The garnish of ginger and rhubarb did a great job to contrast the bold flavours and offset the earthy flavour. The Milanese risotto on the other hand was rather average, the chicken jus was a little too salty for my liking which was a shame as the texture of the risotto was perfect.

Dorset crab and fennel salad
Milanese risotto
fillet of pink daurade

My main of black spot pork was done in two ways, the soft belly was outstanding with a great balance of tender meat and soft fat, the roasted loin was also well cooked the belly was the winner on the day. The peppered jus really linked up all the elements on the plate together with its mild spicy taste. The infamous Louis XV chocolate, aka giant posh Kit Kat was a real chocolate delight, the richness and bitterness was spot on and it was just as good as I remembered back from 3 years ago.
black spot pork two ways
rose and raspberry macaroon
Louis XV

The overall private experience was fun and relaxing, service was smart with a touch of humour which was perfect for a group gathering as we all felt right at home. Food wise I was sure that Gauthier could be better if it wasn't a party menu, as getting all the elements and timing right is a tough ask at the end of the day. But I think for private dinning at an affordable price, Gauthier is hard to beat and I am keen to return for its normal menu to see how the food has developed over the years. 

Food 6.5
Service 8
Ambience 8
Value 7

£75 pp with wine

21 Romilly St, London W1D 5AF

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