Le Gavroche is a famous Michelin-stared French fine dining restaurant in London. I consider myself very much a foodie and will seek out the best restaurants to try and French fine dinning is one of my favorite. However, my experience for fine dining in London wasn’t that particular good, with the previously disastrous dinner at Gordon Ramsey 2 years ago still fresh in my memory. So it’s with a bit of trepidation that I tried out this restaurant. The restaurant has an exceedingly high reputation and is fully booked months in advance.
On arrival I was greeted and lead straight to my table. The restaurant is actually located in the basement two flights of stairs down. The décor is traditional and rather dark. The tables are placed close together but not too cramp as to make it claustrophobic.
The menu comes in 3 sets. A 3-course set lunch with a bottle of water and half bottle of wine plus coffee at GBP54/= which is a good value. A tasting course for GBP129 and an A La Carte menu. As expected, the Ala Carte menu is more expensive but not unreasonably so according to London standards. I choose the set lunch menu and select lobster ravaroli and lamb neck as my starter and main course. Later on during the meal, I also add the Salmon with Crispy Skin. Dessert is a selection of ice cream and sorbets from a trolley.
Have to say all the food served were of very high quality with the salmon being particularly tasty. It’s right up there or perhaps exceeds those that I have tried in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Only the bread taste kind of run of the mill.
As for service, I find it generally just OK but nothing exceptional. In fact, I got better attention from the JW steakhouse that I dine in just the previous day. This is somehow understandable as the restaurant is obviously very popular with every single table full so we have all the waiters busy buzzing around from table to table. Most of the clientele are middle age to elderly and I am guessing majority are regular customers. For my lunch, my waitress was a middle age lady with red hair and she spoke in an accent that I can barely understand. ( Note : There’s actually two of them and I think they are twins ). At my first encounter, she appeared to be quite perplexed by my presence. It is probably a very rare and strange sight to her that an Asian guy dining solo like myself will seek out and dine in their restaurant. While she fussed over the other guests and asked how’s the dishes etc, she basically just took my order, served me the dishes and collected my plates. To her credit, she finally asked me how’s my meal when collecting the last dish. On the whole, service feels automated and not particularly personal and attentive.
This is a restaurant I will try to come back again to sample the other dishes. The service can certainly be better but this is still a place worthy of trying just for the quality of the food.
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