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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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L'Etranger

36 Gloucester Road ,London SW7 4QT

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Lost its charm!

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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!

Phil R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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L'Etranger

36 Gloucester Road ,London SW7 4QT

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Sparkling wine and eclectic food

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Jun 2013

I might have been a bit starry-eyed, as we were celebrating, but enjoying your food and the ambience is what matters in a restaurant. My steak was perfect and just the right size for me. The wine sparkled brighter and the conversation flowed. The earl grey ice cream was the strangest ice cream I'd ever had but it melted in the mouth and was pure bliss. In retrospect, now that the stars are a memory, it was quite an expensive meal. But that is what you expect from fine dining. The chef managed to...

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Amrita D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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L'Etranger

36 Gloucester Road ,London SW7 4QT

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Jan 2013

A fantastic wine offering – but be prepared to pay for it (but if you do you're in for a treat). Good food albeit the menu can be confusing for some with its mixture of both asian/japaneese courses and modern european ones all part of the offering

London Gourmet's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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L'Etranger

36 Gloucester Road ,London SW7 4QT

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by   platinum reviewer (125)

Feb 2012

Do you know the feeling to really “want to like a place”? Well that was my approach when first going to l'Étranger. The space is not all bad, but it is darker and smaller than it looks from the street. The much raved-about wine list really is quite long but prices are nothing short of astronomical. Then came the food. Over engineered, over hived severely over priced and an absolute and utter failure. It was so grotesquely bad that it was difficult to comprehend. Tiny portions come with the nouvelle...

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Continental Diner's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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L'Etranger

36 Gloucester Road ,London SW7 4QT

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by   (1)

Jul 2011

I had dinner at L'etranger with a few friends last Saturday and we had a great time! Were were lucky enough to have a table in their beautiful wine cellar! The menu was so tempting that we decided to share a selection of starters : roasted scallops with Parmesan puree, Beef Tartare, a selection of sashimis, but the best dish was probably the Tuna Tataki with foie gras shavings! I then went for the fillet steak which was cooked to perfection and finished with an amazing passion fruit souffle! The...

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Geraldine G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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36 Gloucester Road ,London SW7 4QT

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by   (1)

Jul 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Woefully poor service, notably from the sommelier, who clearly didn't think we were ‘serious’ enough and not only ignored us but when he was at the table spilled wine with a Fawlty Towers level of incompetence. Hw was so spectacularly useless i can't remember what we ate but it was ok.

Peter M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 4

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36 Gloucester Road ,London SW7 4QT

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by   platinum reviewer (90)

Jul 2010

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

£24.50 for a tablespoon of Risotto with few small chunks of King crab claw??? Somebody call the police, because i've been robbed! Its not often that i leave a restaurant with the feeling that i have been ripped-off, but lunch was nothing short of daylight robbery. Having vetted the menu online in advance, it really did look superb. French-Oriental fusion, boasting everything from your classic French beef tartare, using the finest Charolais beef to the more fusion Eastern dish of tuna tartare with...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 1

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36 Gloucester Road ,London SW7 4QT

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by   (1)

Jun 2010

Great restaurant for ambiance and the food is fantastic. Sadly despite the efforts of all staff and management the Somelier was (again) awful. This is the 4th time we dined there and on each occasion he has proved to be rude and sloppy whilst pouring wine with splashed all over the table cloth. I guess ordering any wine under £100/bottle upsets the guy. We complained to the manager at his attidude again on this occassion and were advised that an alternative Solmelier had been recruited to assit this...

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Michael B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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    THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! :: THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD!: L'ETRANGER, SOUTH KENSINGTON

    The two restaurants Pascal and I have been to recently have played ear splitting music non stop and it made it impossible to hold a conversation or even hear yourself think - maybe I am just getting old, but I am really not keen on having supper in a nightclub. So when we walked into L'Etranger on Saturday night and it was peaceful and elegant with gorgeous chairs and soft lighting, Pascal and I thought we were in Heaven!

    L'Etranger opened in 2002 and the food is a combination of Japanese and French cuisine and the restaurant has won awards for their exceptional wine and champagne lists. Originally Pascal...
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Jerome Tauvron

Jerome Tauvron, the Executive Chef of L’Etranger restaurant has created a culinary experience where east meets west; a journey where traditional Japanese cuisine meets modern French cuisine.

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  • Address: 36 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4QT
  • Telephone: 020 3641 5809
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