Thursday, 4 September 2014

Gauthier Soho

Fine French in Soho


Gauthier Soho is a household name in the ever busy Soho district, it has a reputation of serving some well refined classic French food in an intimate setting. I had a big gathering there not long ago and had the large group menu, but knowing large group is never ideal to truly taste what a restaurant can really deliver, I headed back for its tasting menu after discovering it had a two for one offer from its newsletter. 

foie gras and peach
scallop and girolle
black summer truffle

The first course on the night got off to a stunning start in the foie gras, it was pan fried wonderfully with lovely a smooth and creamy taste, the peach's hint of sweetness and sourness offseted the richness of the foie gras, it was beautiful. The Charolais beef fillet was another winner on the evening, the meat was moist and cooked to the perfect level, the bone marrow and Swiss chard matched the beef with its boldness and mild sweetness, all the elements on the plates were done faultlessly. Last but not least was the infamous Louis XV, a giant dark chocolate with a crunchy base, the rich nutty sweetness was a perfect way to end the dinner with a fine glass of dessert wine.
wild seabass, marinated tomato, basil broth
beef filet, pattypan squash and bone marrow
strawberries, moose, lemon sorbet
Louis XV

My tasting menu at Gauthier was nothing short of quality, the restaurant showcased elegant French cooking without over the top presentation and gimmicky techniques. Service was also outstanding, our waiter really took great care of us in a charming manner and the wine sommelier's recommendation of wine to go with our food was spot on. Gauthier really should win back its Michelin star it lost a few years ago as judging from the food I had, it was just as good as most 1 Michelin starred restaurants if not better.

Food 4/5

Executive chef: 
Alexis Gauthier

What I paid: 
£70 pp with wine

Average cost without drinks and services:
£25 lunch menu
£75 tasting menu

21 Romilly St, London W1D 5AF

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