We dined at Le Gavroche for the first time this week. I must say that I don't recognise any of the dishes listed in the review by Joe below so, as others have said, take with a large dose of skepticism!
We were eating rather late being the only reservation available in Oct/Nov when we booked. We've eaten at several Michelin starred restaurants and this one was refreshing in that the staff were totally lacking in arrogance or hauteur. As we both had busy days the next day we only ordered a half bottle of good wine, nevertheless the Sommelier was charming and helpful and at no point were we made to feel under pressure. My husband forgot to pre-advise that he is coeliac but from the moment he asked for gluten free bread he was brought gluten free amuse- bouche and guided through the best options for him. All the staff spoke perfect English, indeed most were British and we had a particularly charming blond waitress who I think was called Cla(i)re. We were told that Michel Roux Junior had left a few minutes before we arrived but Albert (his Uncle not his father I believe) happened to be dining there.
The decor is a little dated but it's not an issue as the food, wine, service and wine were all sublime. I had the consommé with chicken wings, the veal and, as I was full, the ice cream / sorbet selection (raspberry sorbet especially memorable) and my husband chose scallops then lobster followed by the soufflé with white chocolate ice cream. Each dish was gorgeous and special. If we can, we'll go for the tasting menu next time and start early and take a long, long time to do the quality justice. The cheese board looked superb but eating so late we just didn't have room. The dining room is intimate and quite small - no wonder you have to book early for food of this quality. Oh! And our bill was about £200 - money well spent for a special experience.
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