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|Address:||41 Conduit Street, London W1S 2YQ|
|Tel:||020 7183 6425|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £57.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 6.30-10.30am 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm Sat 7-11am 12.30-2.30pm 6-10.30pm Sun 7-11am 12.30-12M|
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Sensing a bit of a buzz around this new opening I got my booking in early and the communication by email with the reservations was very quick and attentive.
We had high hopes that the service and food would follow suit.
When you go into Brasserie Chavot it is not imposing at all like so many hotel restaurants or brasseries that feel the need to hit you with some statement furniture or chandelier. The decor is excellent, made up of many small individual touches that are nice to notice but don't distract.
The staff were all extremely friendly and behaved as if they had been working there for years rather than just a week or two.
The waiting staff had excellent knowledge of the menu when asked and were very informal.
The menu is fantastic, not a huge selection of dishes but all different enough to make us start thinking about what to have next time!
The sommelier was extremely easy to talk to and easily recommended the right wine to see us through starter and mains. The wine list is uncomplicated and there are some excellent value bottles.
For starter we went for the soft shell crab and a snail bourgignon, both were around £10 and both were packed full of flavour. The presentation of the food is informal, the crab came on a wooden board and the snail in a pyrex-style bowl.
The menu is definitely French but with enough twists to make it stand out and be very current.
Selecting a main course was not easy as they were all inviting. I settled on the Daube de Beouf and did not regret it. Served in a heavy pan the meat was cooked to perfection, soft and delicious. The portion size seemed small but was exactly right with a rich sauce and mash. My partner had the rib-eye steak, this is the most expensive dish on the menu (around £23). It was perfectly cooked and the accompanying bearnaise & frites were spot on.
Throughout the meal the service was not at all fussy but the waiters were engaging when they needed to be.
Despite it's Mayfair location this restaurant has the feel of a neighbourhood brasserie in the way the food is presented, priced and the ease of service.