Restaurant Review: Gauthier’s Soho in London
French cuisine at its finest in Central London
Gauthier’s Soho is the rather charming, rather French Michelin starred enterprise of Alexis Gauthier – A chef who stays true to a philosophy of ‘cuisine by intuition and instinct’. Expect only the finest cuts of Angus beef or seasoned poultry from the chef who vows that “cooking is all about the original ingredient”.
This delicious eatery is set inside a well-kept Georgian town house just off the corner of stylish Soho; entrenching the restaurant in the heart of one of the trendiest spots in town. And by carving out a desirable reputation for itself as one of the few restaurants in London to offer serious and sensitive vege-centric food, Gauthier’s culinary excellence is second to none.
The restaurant is also the first UK Michelin star to publish a calorie count on their menus. (Do NOT let that put you off Alexis’ signature dessert, the Golden Louis XV – a heavenly combination of dark chocolate and praline at only 480 calories.)
At Gauthier it’s guaranteed that you’ll enjoy dining in an intimate setting, with no more than six tables per room. Relax upstairs beside a handsome fireplace while you are engulfed by a sophisticated colour scheme and crisp white table cloths. From downstairs let the sounds of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker sweep you from the London streets to ‘A night in Tunisia’, classic Jazz which can only complement the excellent choice of wine provided by your personal sommelier for each course of your meal.
The Foie Gras Royale makes for a divine premiere plat, and the Summer Truffle Risotto with Jus de roti & brown butter does likewise for a sumptuous deuxieme. The piece de résistance of our visit had to be the Wild Sea bass & Scottish Girolles, a simply stunning dish bursting with aromatic flavours and a sweet and sticky finish.
Address: 21 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5AF, UK