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Club Gascon

57 West Smithfields, LONDON, EC1A 9DS

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Close to Smithfield Market and once a Lyons' teashop, this grand, oak-floored, marble-walled, high-ceilinged space, with blue banquettes at closely set tables, has been home to Pascal Aussignac's vibrant interpretation of the cooking of southwest France for almost 20 years. Knowledgeable staff are keen to help and include a sommelier offering 400-plus choices from the southern French wine list. The earthy dishes of Gascony and the southwest may be the root of Aussignac's inspiration, but you won't get peasant cooking here. The two-course set lunch is a bargain, but you can indulge yourself with the five-course seasonal market menu or a carte of tapas-sized dishes offered in five themed sections. The very best produce is selected and imported, ensuring that dishes, whether duck tartare, winkles, salted cod and aromatic artichokes or 'ultimate' foie gras, caviar d'Aquitaine and oceanic crisp, are of equally impressive quality. Glazed black cod is perfectly cooked and served on a sweet artichoke purée, with verjuice and deliciously crunchy grapes, while a scatter of pomegranate seeds adds sweetness, or you might try roast venison, cauliflower ribs, bone marrow and grand veneur sauce. Desserts are similarly notable - maybe rhubarb variation, hibiscus and blood orange rocks, or aromatic glazed pears, with frosted geranium, crumble and pickled gooseberries.

Further information

Tel: 020 7600 6144
& 7600 1961
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Open/closed

Days closed: Sun
Dates closed: Xmas, New Year, BHs
Days closed for lunch: Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: French
Chef: Pascal Aussignac
Number of seats: 42
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

 

Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £14.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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Nearest station: Barbican, Farringdon, St Paul's

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