Club Gascon is a Michelin-starred, contemporary French restaurant and has been a Clerkenwell stalwart since its opening back in 1998. Its founders, Chef Pascal Aussignac and business partner Vincent Labeyrie, met in Paris in the mid nineties and after both relocating to London, started their restaurant empire which today includes Club Gascon, Cigalon and Baranis.
Club Gascon is heavily inspired by the Gascony region of southwest France encompassing Bordeaux to the North, Bayonne to the West and Toulouse to the South and the kitchen uses the freshest ingredients to evoke the flavours of these locations with an innovative, modern twist.
The restaurant offers a selection of menus; Pascal's Le Marché tasting menu highlights the best seasonal produce from across the UK and France, and comes in eight or six courses, with a wine pairing available. Here, you can expect to see dishes such as glazed white asparagus with citrus camouflage and liquid croquette; veal brain meuniere with sea urchin, yuzu and radishes; as well as middle white pork ballotine, turnip gratin and grilled sardines chantilly.
The weekday four-course menu allows diners to try some of the chef's signature dishes in a more relaxed way. Guests are greeted with a house cocktail on arrival, followed by an amuse-bouche, a choice of two starters and main courses, plus a cheese course, dessert and mignardises. While the selection changes regularly, dishes which have featured in the past include rabbit ballotine, turnip gratin, wild garlic and lardo sardines chantilly; as well as super green stuffed tulip with quinoa, plankton, puntarella and vin jaune; and rhubarb and tonka moulleux with rose ardant and crispy milk.
The wine list has been curated to reflect the breadth of bottles available across the south of France, highlighting both well known wine producers and hidden gems that you might not have heard of. From exclusive vintages to house favourites, there's something for everyone.