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About the AA Rosette award
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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Unwavering commitment to classical French gastronomy

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Children welcome
Credit cards accepted

When Le Gavroche opened its doors just short of a half-century ago, French gastronomy was still imperfectly grasped on these shores, even among London cognoscenti, and if that picture was transformed, it is in large measure because Albert Roux and, later, his son Michel, never wavered in their commitment to international cooking's ancien régime. It's true there are a few more new-fangled dishes now, but if there were no solid gold tradition, nobody else would know what they were rebelling against. The setting is a serene basement room, run with the kind of punctilious courtesy that is virtually a dead language in London now, and the bill of fare an extended homage to the most rigorous training in excellence. Start with roast scallops in coral crumb with carrots, sauced with yellow Chartreuse, if you're after new directions, and if you're not, look to the old and flawless standbys - the artichoke stuffed with truffled foie gras mousse, the lobster mousseline and caviar in champagne butter. Extraordinary quality in the prime materials is the hallmark of principal dishes like Pyrenean milk-fed lamb with piquillos in minted jus, and roasted T-bone of turbot in chive butter. A Menu Exceptionnel in this context had better do as it promises, and undoubtedly does, all the way to its little pistachio-chocolate gâteau, garnished with bitter chocolate sorbet and dried fruits doused in rum. French and British artisanal cheeses are the best, served with authoritative knowledge, as is the compendious wine list, which will make you kick yourself for not buying a EuroMillions ticket.

Opening hours

  • Closed:: Christmas, New Year and Bank holidays
  • Days closed:: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch:: Saturday and Tuesday
  • Lunch served from:: 12
  • until : 2
  • Dinner served from:: 6
  • until: 10

Chef

  • Chef: Michel Roux Jnr

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style:: French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30:: 2000
  • Wines by the glass:: 20

Price guide

  • Starter from £: 21
  • Main course from £: 26
  • Dessert from £: 18
  • Tasting menu from £: 150
  • Credit cards accepted

Children

  • Children welcome

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair:: 30
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats:: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 6
  • Off-site parking available:: On street or NCP Park Lane

Additional information

  • Seats:: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 6

Getting here

Nearest train station

Marble Arch
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