I must admit, the second to the last review here surprised me. Im convinced he must be talking about the wrong place, as this is NOT a place where you can wander in drunk and NOTHING on the menu is that cheap.
My boyfriend brought me here for some sort of deal or special he found. The experience left us both flabbergasted. Everything was perfect. The staff and service, albeit a bit pretentious, was impeccable. The presentation and food were stunning, and the wine was to die for. Easily out best meal in London--and yes, one of us has been to a Gordon Ramsey restaurant.
We were supposed to get a 3 course selection, but it turned into a generous 7 or 8 course tasting menu--and the portions for the 3 courses we ordered were larger than expected. We started with a selection of fresh breads and butters--and I melted over the foie gras butter--and the prestarter (something with potato and anchovy) then starter (he had quail with some sort of ice thing, I had fantastic clams and mussels). I enjoyed my entree of Fish of the Day, but we both liked his entree--a selection of fried stuffed pork with chorizo--better. Then came a pre-dessert of red berries with a small sponge cake, then dessert (I had a powerful chocolate cigar with a coffee ice thing, he had passionfruit creme), and finally perfect chocolate truffles to finish it off.
Overall, simply perfection.
A section of the menu purely dedicated to foie gras?! Yup! This actually is not posted on the menu online which I would have made me more excited in anticipation of dinner.
Their foie gras dishes were really wonderful. The burger was a slider size and had just the right proportions of everything in what I believe was a soft brioche bun. Simply delectable!
For those that that like quail but hate dealing with the effort of bones, the quail here is de-boned. Pleasantly smoky and served over embers, this was a delight for sight and scent.
Service was okay. I expect a bit more from a michelin starred restaurant. They did not explain the dishes at all or the types of butter offered. When the sommelier came to pour the wine, I would have expected he provided a taste before pouring the whole glass.
GRILLED DUCK AND GRAPES WITH FOIE GRAS
CLUB DUCK BURGER WITH FOIE AND BEETROOT KETCHUP
BBQ QUAIL ON EMBERS, SUMMER ROOTS & FRUITS, SPICY VIOLETS
SAUTEED KING SCALLOPS, CRACKLED CAPON WINGS, NUTS & LOVAGE
Overrated. They are trying too hard to do the unusual thing instead of delivering great flavours. Some of the dishes were too cold. The wine list, though, is very good and reasonably priced.
There are some restaurants that you've dined at once and you remember it for a very long time (or even for your entire lifetime). Per Se and WD-50 in New York are two examples for me. Club Gascon in London is another. There are two things I remember from this restaurant, the beautiful ambiance (blue walls and my table looked straight into the prep area) and the interesting food. It was here at Club Gascon that I tasted my first sweetbread but more importantly, I was also exposed to unique pairing of ingredients (strawberries ice cream and basil). I guess you could say, this is where my love for foodie-ism really started.
I haven't been in years but I believe the food is equally fantastic and wonderful from start to finish. Maybe soon I will be able to go again. Until then, just good memories.
This was an interesting place to wander into a little sloshed on a Friday night. We were searching for some food to line the stomach before a couple hours of shots and karaoke. The lights of this place drew us in and I was surpised at the upscale frenchness of it all. Even the waitstaff had strong Gascony accents which made both ordering and comprehending hard on both sides.
That being said, we managed to secure a selection of items from the menu and even a few drinks. The food was delicious! A duck pie bursting with flavour although lacking a bit in variety of textures. Smoky Toulouse sausage with a rich bite. Thickly sliced spicy chorizo which was tasty and would have been more so with a slight browning. My favourite was a slow cooked meat dish (for the life of me I can't remember if it was pork or beef) with stewed lentils served in a large marrow bone. Excellent presentation, delightful flavours, and overall a great experience.
Given the style and relatively low prices (each dish was £3.50-5), I shouldn't have been surprised at the small portions. Basically, if you are hungry, give this place a miss in the evening as the main food is predominantly for lunch or perhaps an early dinner. Or you could always do what we did - enjoy the fine dining...then go to Mickey D's to silence your growling stomach.
Expensive? Yes. But if you can afford the splurge, definitely go for it! I ate here last month (london.blog.qype.com/?p=…) and have to say it was one of the best meals I've had in London. Service was impeccable and the dining area was gorgeous (possibly the most pleasant non-view seating in London!).
No time soon but I have every intention to go back. If you're looking for a wow factor kinda place for a special occasion that isn't gimmicky I strongly recommend that you consider Club Gascon. It's a quality, classy restaurant that's a cut above the vast majority of upscale, fine dining restaurants (even compared to the handful of heavyweights nearby).
Club Gascon is a French restaurant giving a refined version of the cuisine of Gascony. It is the big brother of Comptoir Gascon (also in the same neighborhood). We had the tasting menu with matching wines and it was one of the best gastronomic experiences of our lives!
After the interesting Amuses Bouche, we had the first dish, a venison and hare pie paired with a white and slightly oxidized in character, but totally matching white wine. The dish was a real masterpiece, intense and elegant at the same time, that had an impressive aftertaste, allowing you to continue tasting minutes and minutes after each bite. The second dish was a foie gras macaroon. We could talk about this dish for hours, but really there are no words to describe how powerful the taste of foie gras was. The matching wine was a sweet Marsanne that was complementing the dish perfectly. The third dish was a dover sole with a watercress sauce and a green risotto. That was a rather uninteresting dish, but we have to admit that it served it purpose well: To help us get ready for the next dish. That was a lamb variation; 4 different preparations of lamb, placed over a bed of mandarin sauce. Each of the lamb pieces was so tasty in its own unique way that the whole dish was admittedly one of the best dishes we have ever tried. The matching wine was an impressive red from the region (too drunk to remember name or place). The desert was essentially ice-cream in kadayif, over a grape-fruit sauce, making things unusually bitter for a desert. That was served with a solera-type sweet wine.
Overall it was an amazing experience. Although the ingredients were so similar to the ones in Comptoir Gascon, the food here was so elegant and has such an impressive quality that made you want to savour every bite carefully in order to appreciate it better. Service was also much more professional and attentive, our only minor complaint being the fact that dishes kept coming at a rather fast pace (or at least faster than what we would expect).
I must admit that I didn't know much about Club Gascon before I went. On reflection this is not much of a surprise as I am not a big meat eater and not a fan of foie gras. The latter is the chef's particular speciality.
However, I did enjoy coming here - luckily a set menu is on offer at the moment which makes the experience a lot more affordable.
Considering the style of restaurant and chef's reputation (apparently Michelin starred), I was particularly impressed that they were happy to overcook the beef I ordered.
The presentation is spotless and includes a selection of small delicacies beforehand which are just as beautifully presented as the selection of chocolates which round off the meal.
The ambience is very relaxed and sophisticated. I went on a week night and probably experienced a large proportion of after-work diners (us included). A further rush hour arrived after 10, presumably with the culture vultures who enjoyed a night out at the Barbican.
As can be expected with a restaurant of this calibre the guests were more mature, and on our visit at least, quite male-dominated.
Good for what it is, but this style of cuisine is very very heavy. Too much cream, too many fussy broths / foams / jus...
Club Garscon is very impressive, the decor, food & drinnk, atmosphere and staff all combine to create a very indulgent and extravagent feel.
The food was delicious, the wine was fantastic and the bill at the end of the night was astronomical! (Good thing I wasn't paying!).
The night that I went they had classy showgirls perform and along with everything else it made for a memorable evening.
Most definately a place to visit when you want to splurge or impress (or when someone rich is picking up the bill!). A very worthwhile experience.
Very average. ChiChi, fussy food, quite good on flavour, but not sensational. One more arty smear of some reasonably pleasant substance on my plate and I would have either laughed aloud or just got irritated. My chicken was undercooked and pink. Main complaint is that there just wasn't enough to eat. Wines were very good, service friendly and helpful, atmosphere delightful, so far from a disaster ... just boring and samey.
When you are feeling rich, this is one of the best places to eat in London. The french food is original, tasty and beautifully presented. The wines are excellent and the atmosphere is pretty romantic so it is ideal for making a good impression on a first (or maybe second) date.
the best sweet foie gras ever! good haute-french cuisine. portions a bit on the small side though.
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