17 reviews

36 Gloucester Road , London, SW7 4QT


SquareMeal Review of L'Etranger

L'Etranger closed permanently in August 2018

Now approaching its 15th birthday, L’Etranger can feel a little like a throwback to a different time; a pre-recession era when restaurants were moody (note the chain-mail curtains and black leather banquettes), fusion food was the rage and the fizz flowed freely. Yet while most of its early-noughties contemporaries have all fallen by the wayside, this place continues to thrive, thanks to the excellence – and originality – of its Franco-Asian menu. The creation of executive chef/co-owner Jérôme Tauvron, it melds the classicism and finesse you’d expect of France with vibrant flavours from the orient (especially Japan). From a trilogy of Colchester rock oysters or a starter of Charolais beef tartare with quail’s egg and summo polenta chips, via pots of Iranian beluga caviar, to the signature caramelised Alaskan black cod with miso and sushi rice, this is an experience geared towards luxury. Champagnes take up seven pages on the 1,600-strong wine list. What credit crunch?

Former Champagne List of the Year

A classical Champagne list, made up mostly of grandes marques. L’Etranger arranges its Champagnes by label, with a staggering selection of styles and formats from a range of great names – including Ruinart, Dom Pérignon (14 vintages), Krug, and Salon. A (wealthy) fizz-lover’s paradise.

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36 Gloucester Road , London SW7 4QT

L'Etranger's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.1


Service: 6.1


Atmosphere: 7.0


Value: 5.7


Food + drink: 2

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 0

30 May 2015

This used to be a favourite of ours with unique food and great service. But that's changed. The black cod, which was always the signature dish, tastes like its made from frozen and had bones in it. We had to ask for the napkins and the bread to be brought to table, and the sommelier really had no original ideas which is what differentiated this place in the past. Perhaps there's been a change of management, but the restaurant has lost its charm. We won't be back!


Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4


Platinum Reviewer
07 November 2013

Excellent blend of French and Japanese cuisine! Small enough to feel intimate but not intrusive. Good wine list.


Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3


Platinum Reviewer
16 July 2013

Interesting mixture of food between French and Japanese. Quality of food was fresh- the squid, Chilean sea bass, smoked duck all were very good. Service was fine. Good champagne/wine list.