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|Address:||57 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS|
|Tel:||020 3589 2672|
|Price: £64.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2pm Mon-Sat 6.30-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm)|
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We've eaten at Club Gascon every 6-9 months for many years. The main reason we don't come more often is usually the lack of an available table !
The dining room itself is relatively small with a high ceiling, with luxurious but understated décor and furnishing. They usually have impressive cut flower displays !
The staff are always attentive, professional and friendly. The sommelier in particular being knowledgeable and helpful, and the maitre'd always engaging and friendly. A complete contrast to the “attitude” that can sometimes be encountered in high end French restaurants, especially in France. Despite this, the atmosphere can sometimes still be a little too hushed and formal for my taste.
Meals have included some fantastic foie gras, venison and partridge. Beautifully cooked and presented, with wonderful taste and flavour. A sophisticated mix of the traditional and the innovative. Also, dishes are often surprisingly light given the very rich ingredients. Portions are small, but having 3 pre dessert courses is sufficient for all but the very biggest appetites.
The set taster menu with a glass of wine matching each course can be recommended. Very good and sometimes unusual pairings with the food, and you'll certainly feel merry by the end !
We tend to pay £100-£110 for 2 for the pre-dessert courses (normally 3 rather than 2), inc service ex all drinks. Total bills tend to be £250-£300 for 2 depending upon wine. Given the quality and service we regard this as very good value.
A great place for sophisticated and refined Gascon / Perigord food, served by very professional friendly staff. Strongly recommended.