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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern French cooking held in great affection

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Ring or knock, whichever you deem more suitable, to gain entry, and the stolid black door, with its faint air of Downing Street, will be opened unto you. Alexis Gauthier's Soho address has a pleasingly refined ambience, expressed in a bright, cheery first-floor dining room with ostentatious floral displays on the mantelpiece, uplifting artworks and discreet street views over the windowboxes. A prix-fixe menu option of three, four or five courses changes seasonally, bringing affectionately regarded modern French cooking to the hearts of London. Smoked eel with a poached duck egg in watercress velouté is a vibrant spring opener, and could be followed by cod with broad beans, peas and creamed morels. Main meat dishes come with their own concentrated essences, as in the glossy jus that accompanies Highland venison with roast pumpkin, truffled celeriac and wine-poached pear. Vivid experimentation produces chickpea-crusted rhubarb vacherin with berry sorbet for dessert, but there is also a richly seductive and wildly popular creation called Golden Louis XV, layers of crunchy praline underneath a deliquescent coating of 70% dark chocolate.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Gerard Virolle, Alexis Gauthier

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 150
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £30
  • Tasting menu from: £75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 32
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Chinatown

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Leicester Square
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