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“Still original after all this time”, Pascal Aussignac’s marble-walled dining room has been blazing a trail for inventive gastronomy since its launch in 1998. Taking inspiration from Aussignac’s native Gascony, the menu offers a cavalcade of beautiful dishes guaranteed to draw appreciative gasps – although “too many fussy props” sometimes detract from the food. The kitchen is still in love with foie gras, embellishing it with everything from crab to chocolate, gingerbread or a zany combo of Oxo and plum wine (aka ‘Ox-oh-la-la’). Otherwise, expect wacky ideas ranging from a squirrel ‘delicacy’ with frosted Worcestershire sauce or cappuccino of lobster, black pudding and asparagus to amber tulip with smoked tapioca, juicy mousseron mushrooms and pickles. If you’re in a hurry, the two-course lunch – designed to be eaten inside an hour – is just as creative as the carte. As for wine, the endlessly fascinating 400-bin list teems with regional French obscurities.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 11 March 2014

    THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! :: CLUB GASCON, THE CITY

    Pascal is finally back from France and to celebrate we went to supper with our gorgeous friends Jacci and Tony. Tony chose the restaurant Club Gascon - he had wanted to take Pascal there for ages - it was very adventurous for us as it is the other side of London in between the Barbican and Smithfield Market. According to the website, the restaurant specialises in imaginative cuisine from the South West of France and the chef Pascal (not my one) is from Toulouse.I had obviously checked out the menu online and looked at the photos on food spotting and was excited - everything looked so pretty! The menu was different...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 28 August 2013

    vialaporte :: Club Gascon* // The City // London

    For more than 11 years, chef-patron Pascal Aussignac has been building his reputation in The City, especially around Smithfield Market. His first venture was Club Gascon, which has since extended to the Cellar, the Comptoir Gascon, the recently opened Cerle in Chelsea and Baranis, tucked-in behind the Royal Courts of Justice; nothing can stop this acclaimed chef.

    Quietly working, Aussigac has permanently been creating after the success of his flagship...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 22 January 2014

    Nomface :: Club Gascon, London

    I first came across Club Gascon at the Taste of Xmas event last November. Having tried their foie gras burger it prompted me to make a reservation for dinner. Based in Smithfield it has held one Michelin star since 2002. With it being the lead up to the festive season we had to settle for the ‘Chefs Special’ menu of 3 courses for £28 which seemed a bargain with 3 choices for each course.

    For starters I chose grilled pine smoked duck hearts, wild fennel and diabolo sauce. They were well cooked with a bite and not overdone. The sauce added a slight sourness which went well with the grilled duck hearts. My dining...
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  1. It all started with my friend’s sudden desire for foie gras and her research on where to have the best in London. Only after having agreed to it, did I find out that I passed by this very restaurant almost every day on my way to work: Club Gascon, a Michelin star French restaurant next […]
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  1. Published : Friday, 19 August 2011

    Cooksister :: Club Gascon

    When people hear that I have a food website, they jump to all sorts of conclusions. For a start, they panic that when I come to their house for a meal I will photograph their food and then write a scathing critique of their cooking skills on my blog. (OK, they are probably right about the photographing part!). They assume that I cook as if I have guests every night, and never come home late from work and bung oven chips and frozen breaded fish fillets in the oven. (Oops, have I said too much?) Or colleagues will pass by my desk at lunch and rubberneck at what I am eating, thinking it must surely be artisanal sourdough...
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  1. Playing in the background was tinkling piano, typical loungey music. As my friend sat down she remarked on how romantic the atmosphere was, which was true - ideal for a catchup with a friend, right? The sommelier was very helpful (and good-looking with great hair, just FYI) and helped us choose a glass of wine that matched with our meals and dessert - not trying to sell us...
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Pascal Aussignac

Chef Schooled in classical French cuisine chez Alain Dutournier and Guy Savoy, Pascal Aussignac has made his name in London with the food of his native Gascony. His highly original flagship Club Gascon opened in 1998, and its casual siblings Comptoir Gascon and Cellar Gascon have a loyal following too. In 2010, Aussignac launched Provençal restaurant Cigalon and adjoining Baranis. The chef’s artistic talents also extend to floristry: he does all the flowers at his restaurants.

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