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  • “The building was lovely, with multiple floors and rooms, enforcing a romantic and intimate atmosphere.” in 3 reviews

    Ambience: Intimate

  • “Loved the option of a tasting menu £70 or smaller 'plats' 3 £27/ 4 £35 / 5 £36.” in 12 reviews

  • “A number of the staples made their way across -- the reliable (and delicious!) risottos and the breads.” in 9 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    27/5/2014
    3 check-ins

    I had been bookmarked this restaurant for ages. But I didn't get a chance to come here.
    Last few days I had visited many restaurants which Yelpers recommended. It was some disappointed experiences. But this place was just amazing, tasty dishes after another. The menu are very seasonal and taste exceptionally well. I couldn't find any fault in this place at all. Staffs are attentive and standard of services made this restaurant my top choice for inviting important friends and my clients.
    I couldn't  get a chance to take picture of any of the food.
    We had four course meal for two.
    Bill comes about £165. It seems pricy, it is not. It is worth it pay that quality of food.
    We are going back in two weeks to try other menu option.
    I am in love with this restaurant.
    By far this restaurant is my best one in London!Nothing can compare with this restaurant.
    Thanks for yelpers who recommended this place. I appreciate this amazing find!

  • 5.0 star rating
    31/3/2014

    Love this place. Firstly, it looked like I was visiting my friends  apartment for a sit down dinner. I like that it is very intimate and cozy. The servers were very pleasant and attentive. The food was very delish. Can't wait to go back again.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/10/2013

    I'm convinced that Gauthier is one of the best French restaurants I've ever been to.

    From ringing the doorbell to be let in, to the mouthwatering risotto with fresh sliced black truffle, this place is simply perfect.

    The service was excellent however the waiter was somewhat slow at pouring our wine, which was set down at another table. Also, the atmosphere is a bit foofy but don't let that stop you from coming here to eat one of your best meals!

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/12/2012

    Gauthier was a very enjoyable meal - I found that the service was attentive from the get-go (we were never left waiting or wanting; the time between courses was perfect), the food beautifully executed, and the entire dining experience to be a bit more intimate (in a good way!) than the typical Michelin star venue.

    A number of reviews below already highlight the culinary items on the Tasting Menu, so in lieu of providing another summary, I thought best to describe why Gauthier gets a 4* instead of a 5* from me. And that rationale falls under two main categories:

    1/ Apart from the signature "stars of the show", the rest of the menu is delicious but not particularly memorable. The Black Truffle Risotto was sublime. Really, really tasty; I would rank it among the top dishes that I have ever had in a restaurant. Almost as good was the Louis XV chocolate praline dessert: light, rich, crunchy, and decadent. But failing these clear highlights, I struggle to remember other items from the menu. Obviously, I could look these up quite easily - but I find that the mark of an incredible meal is the tastes, smells, textures linger with you for weeks and months after eating.

    2/ Wine Pairings were a disappointment, especially if (like me) you went for the full 8 glass option. While there were a couple of enjoyable surprises (a rich, spicy Uruguayan Red with the Venison plat principal) - I found most selections to not be terribly interesting. The most egregious example of this was a glass of NV Dow's Tawny to go with the cheeses. Not that I didn't enjoy the Port. I just expect a bit more creativity out of the sommelier.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/3/2012
    1 check-in

    Better late than never!

    I had booked to take my sister her for her birthday over a year ago but on that day, our celebratory meal was thwarted by the snow, which turned my usual 40 minute drive home into a 6 hour nightmare. Anyway, we finally made it to Gauthier Soho over a year late!

    Alexis Gauthier is a familiar face and name to fans of MasterChef where he has shared his cooking skill, using intuition and instinct to contestants on the show. Incredibly, there are no measuring or timing devices in his kitchen

    He opened his eponymous restaurant in a Regnency townhouse in Soho in 2010 and is already the holder of one Michelin star. Amusingly, just like a real house, you have to ring a doorbell to be admitted into the restaurant

    Fortunately, the welcome was warm as we were ushered into the downstairs dining room - the restaurant does retain its of air of being a house but with the unfussy friendliness of the staff, it did make for a relaxed dining atmosphere, which is my preference

    My sister and I settled on the tasting menu but substituting one of our main courses for the wagyu beef - my sister had never tried it and I wanted to introduce her to it. We had a nice plate of canapes to nibble on while perusing the menu. We were also impressed that the sommelier was genuinely helpful in homing in on exactly what my sister would like and there was no upselling. Tap water was offered without prompting

    1. Yuzu & miso curd, seafood fricasee & smoked broth
    The dishes arrived dramatically at the table under domed covers, which were whipped off to release a puff of smoke and the broth was then poured onto the curd and fricasee. Interesting idea of the citrus yuzu offsetting the perfectly cooked seafood. However, I think the dish needed a little balancing with more citrus required to combat the umami hit of the broth

    2. Foie gras, apple & crisp artichokes, red shallots & sweet vinegar port reduction
    I love foie gras and hence I loved this dish. The accompaniments served to cut through the rich foie gras encased in a lovely crispy shell

    3. Morel risotto, veal jus & parmesan
    Simple dish but delicious and the morels died in a good cause!

    4. Red mullet & langoustine, fennel, confit tomato & Meyer lemon jalapeno-lime juice
    The langoustine was probably my favourite ingredient of the night - sweet and juicy

    5. Welsh lamb - braised shoulder & pink cannon, pommes fondantes & Swiss chard
    Wonderfully pink lamb skilfully cooked

    6. Substitute main course of Wagyu beef, round fries & larded carrots & onions
    The beef was amazingly tender as hoped for though it wasn't the best wagyu dish I've tasted but I've been extraordinarily blessed to have eaten at some amazing 3 star restaurants

    7. Selection of unpasteurised French cheeses
    These arrived with biscuits and accompaniments

    8. Exotic fruits, caramelised pineapple & mango sorbet
    Probably the weakest dish on the menu where the fruits weren't that exotic for 2012 though it did cleanse the palate

    9. Golden Louis XV, praline souffle
    This was actually 2 desserts in 1 dish. We got a mini souffle which was lovely and light. The Golden Louis XV was a chocolate dessert - wafer interior with a wonderful layer of decadently rich chocolate, which was much lighter than it looked. The Louis XV was topped with gold leaf, which pleased my CTG (Chinese Thrift Gene) in making me feel like I was getting value for menu but I'm not sure about the point of gold leaf besides perhaps resurfacing any gold crowns you might have. It doesn't actually taste of anything

    My sister and I had a great evening here as well as a top notch meal. Leaving the restaurant felt like leaving a high class dinner party, which reflects well on the ambiance created by the staff at Gauthier

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/5/2012

    The whole concept of having to ring a doorbell to be let in is a bit cheezy, but I absolutely love everything else about Gauthier. In my opinion, it's some of the best and most affordable Michelin dining in the city...I've come here so often that the staff recognise me which is a bit embarrassing! It's a great option for vegetarians because Alexis Gauthier places a large focus on perfecting vegetables in his dishes/cooking.

    They always start you off with a selection of canapés - stand-outs include parmesan twists with 'guacamole', beetroot macarons. I also recall I really enjoyed my amuse bouche of chicken liver terrine on one occasion - very classical French cooking! The selection of bread is EXTENSIVE - raisin, bacon/onion, walnut, baguette, sundried tomatoes, sourdough, rye etc - and seriously good. It's even better when it's fresh out of the oven.

    For starters, the pan fried foie gras is to die for. It's rich, heavy, ridicuously filling, but if you like foie gras it's a must try. The risottos are also delicious though filling - I've tried black truffle, beetroot and chanterelle mushroom ones before - three separate dishes don't worry - not all mixed together! They're sizeable portions but delicious.

    My favourite main course of all time has to be the Barbary duck breast with carrots and honey glaze. It sounds simple, but my goodness, I think it's the best duck I've ever eaten. The sous-vide halibut is also stunning - so flaky and soft.

    Gauthier is known for the Louis XV tart from his days with Alain Ducasse. I've never had the opportunity to try the original one, but this one is pure chocolate/hazelnut heaven. There's praline inside, mousse, dark chocolate, different layers (5 if i I counted correctly)...yum. The mille-feuilles are also delicious - the puff pastry is perfect! The marshmallows, mini lemon tarts and truffles served as petit fours are fabulous as well.

    Every time I've been to Gauthier I've easily spent 3 hours in the dining room. It's very romantic in the evening, perfect for dates or special occasions. Service is impeccable, and there's free filtered still and sparkling water! It definitely achieves the vibe of being invited into someone's home for a meal - you'll be well taken care of at Gauthier.

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/1/2011

    Even though I gave it two stars, I hate this place with a passion of a thousand suns.  

    Opentable thinks it's in the top 3 of London restaurants, so we were really excited to try this supposed hot-spot.  And it was, they were really busy, especially at our 10 o'clock reservation time.  We arrived, as I always do, on time, and were ready to get seated and eating.

    Nope.  We were invited to wait in the wine cellar with a glass of wine, and they led us to a maybe 6 ft x 4 ft room surrounded by wine.  Not so much a cellar but a prison cell.  There was a small table with some empty wine glasses and olive pits.  I think at one point ages ago someone did enjoy some wine here, but it wasn't us, and it wasn't going to be us.  We sat here waiting 20 minutes as my temper simmered.  

    Soon after, a well-off older gentleman and his party came in, and were also directed to the wine prison cell with no wine being served.  After only a few minutes, he rightfully complained (he also had a reservation), and was sent some complimentary champagne.  Um, hello?!?  No one offered me any, so I was that guy, and asked...no, demanded it.  We were given glasses, but it did nothing to quell my anger.  

    45 minutes after our reservation, we were finally seated.  Only to be literally ignored for another half hour.  You'd think I was kidding, as I know it sounds like I'm exaggerating, but all of this can be collaborated.  We asked numerous people for a menu, but they said "I can't do it, I'm not the waiter, I'll get your waiter."  

    Finally, about 1.5 hours after we arrived, we were given our menus.  I won't go more into detail about how terrible the service was, but we managed to stay for 4 courses, skipping dessert.  

    The food was actually decent - I remember a foie gras course being good, but there were more off-putting memories.  

    *English skills were really lacking here - almost no one spoke English well.  Here!  In London!  In England!
    *It was clear that employees had been trained to do their job, and only that.  Therefore, if it was one person's job to clear plates, that's all he did.  Even if he wanted to help you with something, he couldn't.
    *We got stiffed on food.  It was late, and they were probably running out - but I clearly saw 3 scallops on another diner's plate, whereas my dish only had 2.  Yes, I noticed, I just didn't know what to do.
    *This place smelled.  Bad.  We may have been right next to the kitchen, or a ton of smelly cheese (we were), but the whole place smelled off-putting.  My sister thought it smelled like a bathroom or someone's BO.

    The only redeeming quality about this place was the guy in charge of pouring water.  He was incredible.  This was his only job, and he did it so freakin' well.  My water glass never hit the halfway mark, and he was sneaky fast at getting out of the way.  

    I think he knew service was going terribly - at one point, we made eye contact and he kind of gave me a look that said "yeah, I know it's bad, I can see your plates sitting here for a long time, but I'm not allowed to help you clean it up".

    You couldn't pay me to go back there and eat.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/3/2011

    While in London, recently, we went to this very upscale French restaurant in Soho. Everything was amazing!!!
    The wait staff and sommelier were perfectly attentive, without being cloying, intrusive, or pompous.

    We ordered the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Unfortunately, the meal was three weeks ago, so i don't recall specific dishes, but each dish was delicious, with an excellent array of fish, beef and lamb. The portions were perfect to experience the flavors without becoming engorged after the multiple courses.

    The appointments were lovely. The building was lovely, with multiple floors and rooms, enforcing a romantic and intimate atmosphere.

    As a side note, we were seated next to a very proper looking pair of ladies. Eventually, I noticed the woman sitting next to me was a tranny. As an American in London, it often seems that upscale establishments can be a little, uh , prim. So, it was cool to have a little funk element in all the elegance.

    The only downside was the the freakin' pound. Hahahahahaaha!
    After the exchange rate, the meal was around $500 USD for two. Nevertheless, it was an exquisite experience.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/7/2010

    I really liked this place, I didn't like the price tag ;))) We took the tasting menu at £68, with accompanying wines. Before that, we had had a kir with amuse bouche. The kinda chips with the avocado were delicious!!!

    The tasting menu was well sized, small portions so that we could enjoy the whole menu without feeling atrociously sick afterwards. And that's almost a first for me. Usually after such a menu, I feel happy but horribly over-eating :D This was not the case this time.

    The dishes I preferred in the menu were the truffle risotto with its brown butter & jus - just divine - and the Louis XV chocolate pud. God that was good! The sweets with the coffee were also nice: rose macaron, chocolate truf, almond cake... Overall, it was very high quality food. But simple cooking, and simple presentation. Nothing uber fancy in comparison to other high class restaurant. Which is nice actually. Straight forward flavours, and you see what you eat. But that's also why I only put 4 starts, not 5. More creativity would have been perfect.

    The wines we had were also very very nice. Well chosen for us, and went super well with the food. And surprisingly not too expensive in comparison to the rest.

    The location is great, in a vibrant area so that it's easy to go out for a drink afterwards. The interior is very high end, what you would expect from such an expensive restaurant. Nothing eccentric, but just classy and simply smart. The staff was very professional, attentive and very friendly.

    I would recommend for a very special occasion. Definitively not a go-there-every-week place ;))) Give it a try, and indulge.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/8/2011

    I'm in a tiny room; I looked around at the floor to ceiling stacks of alcohol around me. Yes, my table for dinner at Gauthier is in the wine room. This is what I get for only making reservations the day before I guess? I'm here to have a farewell dinner with one of my friends who finished her 3 months secondment in London and moving onto New York before finally returning to Sydney. It was while searching for a place to eat that I discovered that Gauthier currently have a 2 for 1 offer on their tasting menu. With an offer like this, no hesitation from the dinner party.

    So back to the wine room, it was both cool and weird at the same time. Weird as we have the wait staff coming in regularly to pick up bottles of wine and we can hear the clinking of cutleries and dishes sent out from the kitchen.

    We started with a tray of canapés.

    The beetroot macaron was a mini flavour burst followed by crème fraiche wrapped in smoked salmon which was unmemorable.

    Sticks of Parmesan Crostinis was dipped into a narrow glass holding a confit of onions and mustard. I couldn't get enough of this; those sticks vanished quickly trying to mop up all that confit.

    Foie Gras Royale

    This got mixed results with the dinner party. I actually like it. You get the taste of the foie gras without it being overpowering. The broad beans cuts through the heaviness with the cherry and port granite adding sweetness. It could do with a bit more of the cherry and port granite though.

    Scallop, parsley jus

    The scallop was cooked perfectly and was great by itself. The accompaniments don't enhance and in fact mutes the fresh and sweet taste of the scallop.

    Summer Truffle Risotto

    I tend to steer away from risottos as this tends to be cooked badly in a lot of places. Am happy to say that the risotto here is really good. It might be a touch too al dente but I don't mind and in fact like that it gives a bit more texture. The truffles perfumes the air around you, this is one amazing risotto.

    Wild Sea bass & Tiny Squid

    It took nearly 30 minutes before our next course, the sea bass arrives. In fact, I was wondering when looking at it what the 30 minutes was for and after tasting it, the same thought still rings in my head.

    Crispy & Soft Piglet

    Wafer thin crackling that is light and crunchy, that was what I remembered most about the piglet course.

    Selection of Unpasteurized French Cheeses

    It is unusual when dessert takes up 3 courses of a tasting menu. We started of with three cheeses. Each were quite mild with the boldest being the blue cheese. Nothing too exciting.

    Mini Chocolate fondant, Warm Soft Cherry

    White Peach Souffle, Champagne Sorbet

    I wasn't excited with any of the desserts. They were all good but not spectacular.

    Gauthier does good solid French food and I would still recommend it. The risotto is really amazing but everything else I probably wouldn't miss too much. It is incredible value with their current offer for the month of August only. Do jump and book it before it is over.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/5/2010
    First to Review

    I was invited to the soft launch of the restaurant a couple of weeks back.

    The start wasn't too auspicious as our names weren't down despite me phoning to check our reservation earlier that day. However, the food surpassed all expectation and put paid to any minor gripes.

    Loved the option of a tasting menu £70 or smaller 'plats' 3 £27/ 4 £35 / 5 £36. Eyes bigger than bellies as usual we ordered the full 5 and were stuffed after 3. ummmm..

    And everything we had was absolutely delicious, the service spot-on (as you'd expect); it was somewhat lacking in atmosphere, but not enough to drop a star!

    The herb & ricotta ravioli were little parcels of loveliness; the wild garlic risotto dense, cheesy and filling; the sweetbreads richer than Donald Trump and the marrow that came with the angus beef was sublimely unctuous.

    Is it that wrong to love eating FAT?? Yes, probably, and i don't think my heart nor my thighs will thank me, but sod 'em!

    I had the mille-fueille for dessert, which was silly because that's what i have all the time and i had complete plate envy for Ollie's souffle!

    All the more reason to go back!!!!! As if i ever needed one.

    There's also a perfectly reasonable lunch menu (2 courses £18; 3 courses £25) with the best bits of the dinner menu to choose from.

    I don't think there's agoing to be too much of a wait for that coveted michelin star!!

    Oh, and just one thing, I cannot believe I've been so remiss as to leave off the bread. I don't actually think I've ever reviewed the bread in a restaurant before. It's not something I generally even notice. But BOY, grab as many as you can and smuggle them home, and then grab more and smuggle them to me.

    The bacon and onion roll is like biting into the BEST bacon sandwich EVER after garnering the WORST hangover ever. The wild garlic roll is what Pizza Express dough balls aspire to be. Serious Hollywood A list stuff going on here!!!!

    Anyway, my gushing enthusiasm is just getting embarrassing. Go.

    • Qype User cleois…
    • London
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    • 176 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/3/2011

    It's not often that you find yourself at a restaurant that appears to be run by a food fetishist. In the same way that someone might caress and inhale the leather of a shoe before begging for the sharpness of the heel to give the sensation that it shall puncture the skin Alexis Gauthier does this very same thing with his cuisine.

    Gauthier cooks by using instinct as demonstrated on BBC's Masterchef a few weeks ago. He has a good grope, sniff (and possibly a sly lick) of his ingredients before making them work together in harmony.

    He has quite an extensive style of bringing out the intensities of individual ingredients and has a way with vegetables like no other.

    My Beloved and I had a rather memorable date to remember last night. There is something slightly kinky about Gauthier. You have to ring a doorbell before they let you in and then you are led up some stairs (in my case) to the table. The dining room when I first entered was quiet, with exception to two other people talking in hushed tones.

    There were a lot of waiting staff and although there was a sense of formality it wasn't so stuffy that you found yourself wanting to say 'excuse me' every time you were to do something like breath or take a sip of water.

    First thing I have to give good points to, is the fact that they serve filtered still or sparkling water for free. The snacks offered were an interesting array of beetroot mousse, smoked salmon mousse with caviar on top, peanut bread sticks with guacamole and some garlic crisps that were served in a martini glass with flavoured salt.

    To look at it was visually appealing as well as everything having little explosions of flavour.

    The bread too was phenomenal, and I would recommend the chorizo bread regardless of whether or not you have vegetarian inclinations. Just think of it as veggie chorizo and you will be transported to the tree in eden in no time.

    Our amuse bouche was some poached halibut which was delicatein flavour and was almost like eating a kiss.

    For my starter I had some crab which sat on a clam jelly and had a light cream sace which was striped ever so neatly on the plate. All the elements together were the work of a true alchemist. In the jelly there was definitely an echo of lime in there as this gave a wonderful citrusy note to the rest of the dish and cut through the richness of the crab. It was a very well balanced dish in terms of the flavours.

    My beloved ordered Tortelini, which had lobster inside and was served with squid in an asian inspired broth. It was described as a 'Lobster and Lemongrass Consommè' yet it had a depth of flavour that definitely swept you to the Orient. It was clean, light and perfectly formed. A bit like her. Unlike my dish which was a calculated transformationwhich is a bit like me.

    To continue I had some Wild Sea Bass which sat on some white asparagus and was cooked with cep mushrooms and garlic. It was heaven. Skin perfectly crisp, every other element was identifiable and just built up flavour layers in my mouth.

    Gauthier was in full throttle now. His flavours were working overtime in my mouth, I felt I had been groomed into having a delicate massage and now I was starting to get gently punched in the back in rhythm with all of the flavour bursts happening in my mouth.

    For my companion, she ordered the Halibut which was a bit of a wild card but a wonderfully tasting one It was cooked confit style with lime and kumquat. This was served with a spring onion and pea volutè. It melted and zinged in the mouth in a way an expensive date should do. You wanted more yet you knew you had to eat daintily and take your time to appreciate every flavour in place here.

    To follow I had the guinea fowl which came with what I feel was too many mushrooms and I have to say I think the portion size was too big. But I rather a generous chef than a stingey one. It was very rich and unctuous and all the elements worked. The mushroom with asparagus and pomme mousseline  but there was quite a lot of it. The meat was beautiful and rich and very well cooked.

    It is worth eating if you are starving and want a serious meat fix.

    My Beloved ordered lamb which I was amazed by. Perfectly pink it was served with aubergine and red pepper and a delicate sauce. I never knew thyme could work so well with lamb but Gauthier has pulled it off.

    For pre dessert we were given some rhubarb with ginger which was truly sensational and was the perfect palate cleanser.

    I didn't want a dessert as I felt too full but I 'helped' my partner try the signature dessert which was the Golden Louis XV and next time I am going to have that and maybe half of someone else's as this was a chocolate disk of joy. It had melty and complex textures and flavours provided by the hazelnuts inside but the very dark smooth chocolate all blended together in harmony.

    I adored it.

    The Petit Fours were imaginative. There was a black truffle truffle but for me the star of

    • Qype User Harv-m…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating
    10/8/2010

    We were huge fans of Alexis and, in particular, Roberto, from their Roussillon days. We followed them to Gauthier Soho. We were not disappointed.

    A number of the staples made their way across -- the reliable (and delicious!) risottos and the breads. Only minuses were: haphazard service (although the maître d', and Roberto, are always solid), cold decor, lack of music/warmth in the dining rooms. Everything else is a plus: the two cosy dining rooms, the subversive/campy restroom prints, the charming off license, the transparency on wine pricing (and such reasonable prices!), the food, and of course the wine list. Roberto, who has so much personality, imbued the extensive and reasonably-priced wine list with his own personal touch. For cheese lovers, the wine and cheese pairing is highly recommended.

    We did notice that the menu recently got re-priced upwards -- but for the quality of the cuisine, the prices still offer a great deal.

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/8/2010

    The food was great, I like the 3, 4, or 5 course menu options.  The wine amazing.  The service was terrible, walls completely bare, and an all around stuffy atmosphere.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/3/2012

    This had long been on our list of places we need to go  prompted by the many favourable recommendations from clients at the salon. A planned birthday celebration was the perfect excuse to visit. We went wild with the taster menu and accompanying wine selection. Stunning breads, sweet attentive staff, faultless food obviously prepared with much love and relaxed surroundings. This is grown up food of the highest order served in relaxed and tasteful surroundings. We will definitely be returning.

  • 4.0 star rating
    31/8/2010

    Excellent attentive service and fine cuisine. We sampled the 7 course taster menu. Would advise avoiding eating for a week before. Only downside was quiet atmosphere. It's like eating in someone's front room.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/9/2010

    Went to Gauthier Soho as part of Toptable 2for1 Tasting menu offer. They have done a fab job of redecorating post-Lindsay House. Very pleasant, welcoming staff and low key but attentive through evening. Excellent sized portions and great presentation. Wonderful range of fab cheeses - an being a cheese mad fan, some of the best cheeses I have tasted outside France! The pre-dessert was a slightly odd cherry and chocolate combination which did not work as well as traditional recipes. Chocolate croquant dessert was amazing - one of best we have tasted. Definitely recommend trying tasting menu (£68pp). We will be back!

    • Qype User Hungry…
    • London
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    4.0 star rating
    13/2/2011

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    Gauthier Soho is the restaurant where I went to celebrate in style the happy occasion of me having finally finished my PhD. At the same time, Gauthier Soho probably celebrated that it just got awarded its first Michelin star. Not that it is the owner's first  Alexis Gauthier has already achieved this award as chef at his former work place Rousillon. But I think, basically, Alexis and me were both happy!

    I did like the style and atmosphere of the restaurant a lot. You have to ring to be let into the inconspicuous townhouse in the middle of Soho. Instead of being welcomed by posh and polished want to be models which you tend to encounter more and more at top end dining etablissements(see this hilarious review about the waiting staff at Nobu), our coats were taken by a warm and friendly middle-aged man.We were then led into one of the dining rooms on the second floor and due to the diners being spread out between several dining rooms on separate levels, it felt intimate, generous and cosy.

    I am not sure if this was chance or misogyny, but I did not see a single female employee. The waiters were adorably young (they looked about 12) and French and even though they seemed slightly stiff, I thought they were doing a rather good job in keeping us happy. Particularly the wine waiter was excellent, he knew to not overfill the wine glasses.

    We decided on the tasting menu for 68 pounds (special occasion, see :) ). Even though 68 pounds is not exactly cheap, it is not a bad price for a tasting menu at a Michelin starred place, particularly considering the high quality of the food served.

    I thought the strongest part of the meal were the starters. They just about managed to keep the momentum going to through the mains and for me, the desserts were the weakest part of the meal. But this could have been just due to the fact that in the end I just couldn't eat anymore and was therefore not fully able to appreciate the last couple of dishes.

    The Honey Duck Foie Gras with fresh apple and a port and Parmesan reduction was very good. The liver perfectly cooked worked extremely well with the sweet, almost honey-like sauce and the tangy apple. A promising start to the meal.

    Next came the Shetland Langoustine and Scallop. I can honestly say that I can't remember ever having had a scallop as fantastic as this one. (Yes, shame, it was only one). Almost raw, it had nothing of the rubbery texture I often associate with scallops, but was literally melting in my mouth. Somehow even the celery was nice even though I usually detest celery.
    Please give me this Black Winter Truffle Risotto every day! The rice grains were exactly al dente, and the risotto was moist and creamy. The spot-on but subtly seasoning did not overpower but underline the unique taste coming from the generous, fresh shaving of the black truffle. Exquisite! Sigh

    We then moved on to the mains which admittedly did not blow me away. I am not saying that they were not good but they missed the touch of genius that glimmered through in the starters. The Slowly cooked fillet of halibut was slightly overcooked for my taste and therefore a bit dry. I quite liked the spinach immersed with little clams.

    Tournedos of Angus Beef was the second main. A dish of solid quality, the meat wonderfully rare, the pancetta and beef jus rich and tasty but again the wow factor was lacking. (I have to say that I am rarely wowed by root vegetables, but then again that is just me).

    Then I ate far too much of the French cheese. But look at this, could you have resisted?

    I asked the little waiter to give me a selection of his favourite cheeses. He did, and very generously so. If I could just remember the names, they were all so good!

    So, i don't like desserts made of citrus fruits, therefore the Glazed Orange Tartlets didn't do it for me. My dinner companion however who is very much into citrus fruity desserts enjoyed it very much, so you might want to believe him in this case.

    Apparently the Golden Luis XV  a chocolate praline thing with a gold leaf on top  is Gauthier's much adored signature dessert. I was not terribly impressed by it actually, I thought it tasted a bit boring. Possibly this estimation was due to the fact that I had about 80 courses before and were close to exploding. So go try it and tell me what you think, ok?

    When we finally rolled home we had spent close to three hours at Gauthier Soho and I enjoyed every minute of it. Most importantly, there was enough time between the courses not to feel rushed. Feeling rushed at a tasting menu can destroy the whole experience so I think they did an excellent job there. This is the perfect place for a romantic date and I am already desperately waiting for my next big occasion.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/7/2011

    Had dinner with the family last night and it was beyond amazing!!! I had this tomato soup appetizer and then the risotto followed by the lamb all of it was to die for!!! The service was beyond our expectations they even took us in an hour early ( our plans fell through). The ambiance was great and all the details in the plates and silverware was perfect! Great for dates and family dinners

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/9/2012

    Firstly, the service is exceptional.  We had such a fantastic evening and a lot of this was down to the service we had from the staff.  Our somelier (who's name I did manage to get) was amazingly knowledgeable.  We came with a group of 5 and were given a small private room which worked out great as we were so loud :)

    We ordered the tasting menu with the 4 glasses of pairing wine (there was an option for 8 glasses but thought that was perhaps too many).  Food-wise, it was very good without being exceptional.  But the menu overall worked really well together.  My favourite was the pork belly - which was so beautifully soft and succulent with a crispy skin... delicious!

    I'm not sure about their choice for crockery though - it seemed very dated.

    But will definitely go back.

    • Qype User chopst…
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    25/8/2011

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    I'm in a tiny room; I looked around at the floor to ceiling stacks of alcohol around me. Yes, my table for dinner at Gauthier is in the wine room. This is what I get for only making reservations the day before I guess? I'm here to have a farewell dinner with one of my friends who finished her 3 months secondment in London and moving onto New York before finally returning to Sydney. It was while searching for a place to eat that I discovered that Gauthier currently have a 2 for 1 offer on their tasting menu. With an offer like this, no hesitation from the dinner party.
    So back to the wine room, it was both cool and weird at the same time. Weird as we have the wait staff coming in regularly to pick up bottles of wine and we can hear the clinking of cutleries and dishes sent out from the kitchen.
    We started with a tray of canapés.
    The beetroot macaron was a mini flavour burst followed by crème fraiche wrapped in smoked salmon which was unmemorable.
    Sticks of Parmesan Crostinis was dipped into a narrow glass holding a confit of onions and mustard. I couldn't get enough of this; those sticks vanished quickly trying to mop up all that confit.
    Foie Gras Royale
    This got mixed results with the dinner party. I actually like it. You get the taste of the foie gras without it being overpowering. The broad beans cuts through the heaviness with the cherry and port granite adding sweetness. It could do with a bit more of the cherry and port granite though.
    Scallop, parsley jus
    The scallop was cooked perfectly and was great by itself. The accompaniments don't enhance and in fact mutes the fresh and sweet taste of the scallop.
    Summer Truffle Risotto
    I tend to steer away from risottos as this tends to be cooked badly in a lot of places. Am happy to say that the risotto here is really good. It might be a touch too al dente but I don't mind and in fact like that it gives a bit more texture. The truffles perfumes the air around you, this is one amazing risotto.
    Wild Sea bass & Tiny Squid
    It took nearly 30 minutes before our next course, the sea bass arrives. In fact, I was wondering when looking at it what the 30 minutes was for and after tasting it, the same thought still rings in my head.
    Crispy & Soft Piglet
    Wafer thin crackling that is light and crunchy, that was what I remembered most about the piglet course.
    Selection of Unpasteurized French Cheeses
    It is unusual when dessert takes up 3 courses of a tasting menu. We started of with three cheeses. Each were quite mild with the boldest being the blue cheese. Nothing too exciting.
    Mini Chocolate fondant, Warm Soft Cherry
    White Peach Souffle, Champagne Sorbet
    I wasn't excited with any of the desserts. They were all good but not spectacular.
    Gauthier does good solid French food and I would still recommend it. The risotto is really amazing but everything else I probably wouldn't miss too much. It is incredible value with their current offer for the month of August only. Do jump and book it before it is over.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/3/2012

    Best meal i've ever had in my entire life!  Black truffle risotto, waygu beef, the chocolate dessert with the gold square.  Unbelievable.  The neighborhood is a noted gay area and the men's toilet is complete with male erotica but aside from that, the food is unparalleled.

    • Qype User RogerM…
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    18/6/2010

    So I took the fiancée out for a birthday meal, attracted by aa gill's rave review. The veg was supposed to be sublime.

    Things got off to a bad start when we were sent to Siberia. I had the service entrance on my left and the entrance to the room at my back. I asked for a Martinez as an aperetif. Blank look. Sweet gin martini? Made with something like old tom? Nothing. Ok a regular martini with tanqueray 10. Don't have 10.

    At thus point am underwhelmed. Why offer an aperetif if you don't have gin? I went for hendricks in the end. It was good.

    Then I decided to stop being an arse. After some amuse bouche of fishy green paste and chickpea chips I had the chilled mint pea soup (lovely stock, possibly veal) razor clam, monkfish and then lamb. The portions here are tiny so that was ok. The cheese tray was pretty. The staff expert. But that feeling of eating something lovely and amazing was absent. It was competent cooking. But not clever. Or suprising. It didn't explode in the mouth like some of the offerings at 32 great queen st.

    So it gets three stars. Don't go there. Go to 32 great queen street instead. Or steak at cafe boheme. This place hasn't got it's act in gear yet and I'm not sure it shall.

    • Qype User TJCusw…
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    8/12/2011

    Alexis Gauthier's brilliant restaurant, nestled in the middle of Soho. Dinner was sublime  the seasonal menu making the best of the Autumn harvest (I dined in Sept). Beautiful plates held amazing combinations of flavours, with the red herring fish course and Louis XV dessert my particular favourites.
    All 5 courses, plus the amuse bouche and petit fours, for only £11 a course was incredible value given the quality of the food and the impeccable service. 5 stars.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/9/2010

    OH.MY.GOD Gauthier was astonishing, amazing and lots of other words beginning with a that I can't think of right now but they're all good! We went for the toptable 241 deal (£68 per person usually)on the tasting menu and it blew my mind. The service was the perfect level of unobtrusive but attentive and I think has wrecked me for any other restaurant that I go to. The freshly baked in house raisin bread was nearly my downfall as I couldn't stop eating it almost to the detriment of the rest of the menu. Try to resist the bread, maybe you have more will power than me! I adored pretty much everything but stand outs for me were strangely the sorbets, which I substituted for the cheese course, which were refreshing and zingy and exactly waht I wanted at that point in quite a rich meal. Better in fact than the pre dessert which was a mini chocolate fondant and cherries. It was ok but I resented the space I had wasted on it afterwards when the actual dessert arrived which was the amazing (yes! that word again) signature dark chocolate and praline dessert. If Alexis Gauthier won't take this the wrong way it tasted like a very very posh Ferrero Rocher, which in my book is a compliment!So why not the elusive 5 stars? Well I don't want to lose my hard to please badge for one and I'm saving it in case something even more mind blowing comes along but frankly on this showing I think that's unlikely.

    • Qype User laisse…
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    16/5/2010

    [Non-photo Review] For full review, please go to: wp.me/pwXBH-Kf  Gauthier Soho  Alexis Goes to Town Summary:Alexis Gauthier, the 1 Michelin star French chef, has moved from Roussillon in Pimlico to a townhouse in the heart of Soho. From a preview meal I had during the restaurant's soft opening, it appears that he may have found a winning formula. The menu format is clever and good value, the environs are cosy and inviting. And the food continues to be precisely cooked with subtle and delicate flavors, while at the same time carrying the chef's particular flair. Gauthier Soho looks set to become a welcome addition to the growing cadre of enjoyable restaurants that have graced Soho over the last couple of years. Trading places There was a rumor circulating earlier this year that French chef Alexis Gauthier, then chef and proprietor of Roussillon, a 1 Michelin star restaurant in London's Pimlico, was looking to do something different. Having broken ground by creating one of the capital's first purely vegetarian tasting menus  that actually held interest and tasted great throughout  and then keeping standards consistently high for a number of years, possibly he felt it was time for a new challenge, to take the road less travelled. Having had the pleasure of dining at Roussillon on a few occasions, I was generally impressed  everything from the service, to the subtly prepared food, through to the elegant little dining room demonstrated that Gauthier wanted his customers to come away having had a wonderful overall experience. And I think most people did. It turns out the rumors were true, and although Gauthier still retains a small shareholding in Roussillon, he has now taken over the townhouse at 21 Romilly Street in Soho, which was home to Irish chef Richard Corrigan's Lindsay House before he moved on himself to open Corrigan's Mayfair. I was lucky enough to dine at the new restaurant, which is matter-of-factly called Gauthier Soho, this week during the 'soft opening', and it opens for business on Monday the 17th of May. As such, the meal was complimentary and diners were asked to leave any token amount of money they felt like leaving as well as filling out detailed comment cards. Making a house a home I was dining with a foodie friend, and we both arrived promptly for our early dinner. The ebony and ivory facade looked subtle and classy, and we were glad to see that the design of the interior rooms had also been well thought out, especially given the constraints that an old townhouse could potentially create for a restaurant attempting to inhabit it. The four-story townhouse that the restaurant occupies is made up of a ground floor dining room with about 18 covers, a first floor dining room with approximately 24 covers, a third floor with two private rooms (one caters for up to 16, the other for up to six), and a fourth floor which houses the administrative offices. The kitchen resides in the basement and there is a temperature-controlled open wine cellar just behind the ground floor dining room (more on that later). The downstairs dining room is pleasantly formal and has a calming effect. In fact, you'd barely know you were in bustling Soho as inside the cool colors and soft lighting put you at ease straight away. There are lovely original features such as the fireplace and also beautiful arrangements of fresh flowers. We felt as if we were sitting in someone's very posh residential dining room, so although it was formal, it was not at all too stiff. The tables themselves are well spaced, allowing for private conversation, and nearly all of the two-person tables were arranged in the 10 o'clock / 2 o'clock format (which I much prefer), with only two tables having chairs positioned directly facing each other. The other thing I liked about the dining room was that there was no music. This is a pet peeve as I usually find the background music in restaurants either pointless or just plain grating. The tables themselves also had some nice modern details, with a red rose bathing in a spherical bowl and a cone-shaped translucent glass lantern. A delicate & subtle hand The menus were delivered and well explained to us. On the main menu, diners have the choice of three, four or five courses, and each course has four different options (with a few more possibilities thrown in at dessert time). These are priced at £27, £36 and £45 respectively and all include an amuse bouche, a pre-dessert and bottomless purified still and sparkling water. One interesting feature is that you can mix and match any of the dishes to form your desired three, four or five course meal (i.e. you could have two of the first plates, one of the third and a cheese plate while other members of your party could do something completely different). There is also a 12-course tasting menu priced at £70, which is also available in pure vegetarian format. Gauthier has always been a big proponent of utilizing the best British produce that is in

    • Qype User pigpig…
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    15/8/2010

    For full review & photos:http://bit.ly/cPGzUf  I've wanted to eat at Roussillon* for a while now but never really got around to actually getting there. Then I heard that the head chef took off and opened up his own front, named after himself naturally, Gauthier Soho. And then I found out that not only is the tasting menu pretty good but Toptable is doing a buy 1 get 1 free on them  win-win indeed. Entry to the restaurant is a little mysterious; having to ring a doorbell in the middle of Soho to be granted access for dinner is a new thing for me. Once inside, it is clear that this evening could be potentially awkward as the converted townhouse setting is painfully cramped. We've gotten used to the PigPig whipping out her DSLR in most restaurants, but in these conditions it felt a bit uncomfortable as it's pretty obvious our neighbours were watching us photographing our food. The close quarters and quiet ambience also meant that we ended up whispering to each other for the first part of the meal until some noisier people arrived. As we had already booked in for the tasting menu, we were spared the decision making process for food but the manager still showed us the menu in case we wanted to change anything; a rather nice touch which I followed up by swapping my cheese course. Our canapés soon arrived. The cheese sticks had a quite light crunch and was quite aromatic. I quite liked the cherry tomato filled with tapenade, a natural combination which worked well. Even better though was the foie gras mousse (almost like a foam) on top of a little thin slice of crunchy bread. Promising start. In the absence of a wine pairing, I relied upon the sommelier to help us choose a wine; we thought a white would suit the tasting more due to the higher prevalence of seafood courses. He recommended a 2004 Grand Cru Hengst of the Gewurztraminer grape as the wife liked something fruitier and less dry. Turns out he picked quite well as this was a deliciously smooth white that was quite sweet and fruity with a honey flavour. A good natured waitress then presented us with a wide selection of breads on offer from the basic French mini-baguette to breads stuffed with bacon, chorizo, raisin, olives. We tried the last four I mentioned, all of which were pretty good and still warm. Pan Fried Foie Gras, Apricot & Port Reduction. In no time at all the first course arrives with great anticipation. We found the foie cooked nicely but strangely lacking in taste of both the foie-ness as well as the port reduction. A bit more sweetened glaze would have been preferable. Also I found it a bit odd to start with the foie gras course. Scallops & Garlic, Parsley puree. This course more than made up for the previous one though as the scallops were perfectly cooked as the middle section was still completely raw and there was just a hint of a breaded surface to give a slight crunch. The garlic was just a whiffle in the background while the alternating stripes of parsley puree and bisque jus went exceedingly well with the natural sweetness of the scallops. The girolles were also a great little dance partner for the scallops. Summer Truffle Risotto, Jus de Roti & Parmesan Reggiano. One of those dishes where you can smell it before it arrives to your table, helped in no small part by the sheer abundance of truffles on it. The risotto itself was al dente and really absorbed a lot of flavour from the roast juices the chef recycled. Other than that, it was otherwise a basic risotto that was well executed. Wild Sea Trout & Beetroot, Sorrel Jus & Light Ginger. Some mixed responses from the wife and me on this one. The PigPig thought it was a well composed plate with the fish being cooked right and complimented well by the earthy sweet beetroot sauce as well as the ginger. Myself, I thought the fish a tad overcooked and wasn't sure if the beetroot was on friendly terms with the fish. Crispy & Soft Piglet, Thin Leeks & Cherry Reduction, Pig Jus. First impression  that carrot had spent too much time in the oven. Our waiter didn't seem fussed by it though and happily described it as a red carrot. A quick nibble didn't detect any charred tastes and it turned out to be actually quite sweet. The pork meanwhile was indeed crispy and soft and went quite well with the cherry sauce which was a nice change from the usual apple sauce. Trio of peach, blueberry and raspberry sorbets. Now I had mentioned earlier I opted out of the cheese courses, replaced instead by these sorbets made in-house. They were all pretty good albeit creamier than the usual sorbets and perhaps a little bit too sweet. A selection of French Matured Cheeses. The PigPig asked for a small selection and was given four types. Suffice to say she liked most of what she got. Soft Cherry & Dark Chocolate, Cherry & Red Wine Jelly, Cherry jam & Champagne Granite. At this point we had a brief respite and the manager came out to tell us that this course was delayed as chef wasn't happy with his first attempt

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/5/2011

    I still dream of finding a place like this in NYC...the truffled risotto is heaven!!!! and the replica louis xv cake!! yum i love this cake. came here for the tasting menu when the restaurant opened, and had to come again a month later. Best french food in london hands down.

    • Qype User Lancas…
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    5.0 star rating
    6/2/2012

    Wonderful food, really friendly and relaxed. We went on a Saturday night for a pre-theatre dinner. One of the very best deals I've ever seen  3 courses (plus amuse-bouche, pre-appetiser and pre-dessert along with some of the best bread I've ever had!), with half bottle of wine each for £33  I'm pretty sure you couldn't beat that in a Michelin star establishment in central London if you tried! The main course of guinea fowl was a highlight  meltingly soft and full of flavour, and I have to rave about the famous Louis XV dessert. For a chocoholic like me, it may just have been the holy grail of desserts! Just the right balance of sweet and crunchy croquante base, bitter chocolate mousse with a velvety rich chocolate coating  heaven! The service was as you'd expect of this level of restaurant  friendly, unobtrusive and efficient. The setting is so cosy  small rooms in a Georgian townhouse and with fireplaces roaring, a really lovely experience on a snowy winter's night, and quite different to other restaurants in the same league. We'd have stayed longer but had a show to get to. Next time, we're planning on nowhere to go afterwards, so we can linger and enjoy the experience for as long as possible! Can't recommend highly enough.

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