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Best Restaurants - French - WinnerA refurbishment at the beginning of 2014 left Le Gavroche looking as newly minted as when it first opened in 1982 – but legions of devoted fans would be up in arms were anything to change. For many diners, this is quite simply “my favourite restaurant”; certainly, we look forward to a meal here more than almost anywhere else. A recent lunch delivered coeur d’artichaut Lucullus, an artichoke and black truffle mousse filled with sublimely rich chicken mousse and foie gras; and the famous omelette Rothschild, a sweet cloud of apricot and Cointreau soufflé. But the kitchen can do light modernity too: witness the vermouth velouté that makes a plate of salmon and sea vegetables so sophisticated. The bad news is that many main courses cost upwards of £40 and although the all-inclusive lunchtime prix fixe for £54.80 is justifiably famous, the cooking lacks the polish and poise of the à la carte. Long-serving staff and the frequent presence of Michel Roux Jnr himself ensure that this most regal of restaurants has “the personal touch” and remains London’s special occasion restaurant par excellence.

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  1. Published : Monday, 18 February 2013

    Gingle lists everything :: Le Gavroche, 13th February

    Apologies in advance for the quantity and quality (or lack thereof) of photos in this post. We were the youngest diners in the restaurant by at least twenty years, and with my fellow patrons not being of the blogging and tweeting generation, I felt conspicuous, in such an esteemed establishment, taking the few photos I did.Le Gavroche is the opposite of contemporary in decor, but without being staid. You feel comfortable in your surroundings, as if you're sitting in a favourite wealthy uncle's library. There is no background music - Le Gavroche gets booked up months in advance and so can rely on there being a soundtrack...
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  1. Unfortunately for John Lewis, Monty the penguin – this year’s insufferable advent of the festive season and the repugnant herald of Christmas – didn’t, as he has with many, whip me into stiff, frenzied peaks of excitement for the big day. It did, however, remind me that this year is going to be as big and as expensive as ever and so for that reason, I went for lunch at Le Gavroche.
    At this time of year Le Gavroche is far from miserable. It’s jolly festive, a portal to a cheery Christmas past (a ghostless one in a Dickensian sense but in no way lacking spirit) as warm and welcoming as your grandparents’ living...
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Michel Roux Jnr

Son of Albert and nephew of Michel Snr, Michel Roux Jnr surely needs no introduction. The former MasterChef judge, TV chef and serial marathon runner served his apprenticeship under legends such as Alain Chapel and Pierre Koffmann, before joining the family business – working first at The Waterside Inn and later at Le Gavroche, which he took over in 1991. In 2010, he opened Roux at Parliament Square and Roux at the Landau.

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