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|Address:||43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR|
|Tel:||020 7499 1826|
|Price: £98.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2pm Mon-Sat 6.30-11pm|
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There is a word in French which is very useful: “incontournable”. It means litterally unavoidable although the connotion would rather be unmissable than “un-get-aroundable”. I hope this makes sense. Anyway, so to say that the food at Le Gavroce wasn't good would be like saying the tennis at Wimbledon was mediocre. So yes, it's good and yes there is the fabled “affordable” lunch option. However there is somehting strange. This was, as we all know one of the first gastronomic restaurants in London and still the measuring point for all other. However, the staff is sometimes moody and snippy and the space although classic now feels somewhat dated. It's core clientele, it has to be said, seems to have aged with the venue and dont seem to either care or notice. But there is a whiff of “let's pretend we're in Paris” which utterly fails in recent times. And at these prices I think a day return to real gastronomic capital of the world from St. Pancras and a memorable meal in Paris is a better option. Don't get this wrong: I'm happy it exists and it is a great asset to the London dining scene. It would just be great if it regained its old spark, maybe Mr Roux Jr. has been spreading himself a bit too thinly recently.