SquareMeal Review of Gazelle

Gazelle closed permanently in February 2019

Gazelle is a collaboration between London’s foremost bartender and drinks expert Tony Conigliaro, of Untitled and Bar Termini fame, and the equally mellifluously named chef Rob Roy Cameron. The red-and-gold dining room is on the first floor of a Mayfair townhouse and the sultry bar on the floor above; a broken lift, alas, rather took the sheen off the louche members’ club vibe, making the drama of arrival high-impact for all the wrong reasons.

Cameron has worked with brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià, opening 41 Degrees in Barcelona for Albert. The time spent with the high priests of avant-garde haute cuisine is immediately apparent in the arresting presentation of the menu of half-a-dozen small plates, which seems intended both to delight and provoke. But on our visit we found that despite some prime ingredients, the striking visuals were not backed up by balanced flavours – or sometimes any flavour.

A deep-fried, edible anchovy skeleton was a new taste sensation for us, but was draped across an indifferent herb salad. Mushrooms with pine nut and wild garlic, and leek with chicken and chive, both tasted as beige as they looked. The innate superiority of Wagyu beef was muffled by the onslaught of a juniper and salted plum crust that gave it the appearance of an old piece of oxblood leather, while a blameless piece of presa was no match for an assertive purée of salted carrots, as vividly orange as an autumn sunset.

So many low-carb dishes, meanwhile, left us enthusiastically thanking the staff whenever they asked if we’d like more of the terrific fennel and spelt rolls.

The best things we ate were in the bar: a Parmesan crisp filled with frozen yeast butter that tasted like a gourmet Tuc cracker; a gamy cigar of marbled beef glistening with a dollop of caviar; and a spicy mouthful of tuna tartare. And while Conigliaro’s cocktails might be small, they pack an almighty punch. We wish the same could be said of the small plates downstairs.


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast
Special occasions

Location for Gazelle

48 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4DH

020 7629 0236


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 8am-12M

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3 Reviews 


Beautifully Tasty Food
03 December 2018  
Absolutely loved the food and cocktails. The plates are so different, unusual and beautiful, not to mention the flavours are amazing. As a group we ordered one of everything, so we could share and taste everything. The staff were also so helpful and friendly. Definitely a great experience!
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Sara R

Lovely hidden gem, exceptional food!
22 August 2018  
Had a fabulous meal at Gazelle, the food is as beautiful to eat as well as look at. It really is world class – the flavours are at times bold, at times subtle and always surprising, bold and nothing like anything else in London. Especially enjoyed the squid, jowl and pickled mushroom and the mushroom noodles with pine nut sauce! Loved the creativity of the cocktails and do not miss the bar snacks! Couldn't recommend more highly.
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Jarryd B

Amazing Experience!
11 August 2018  
Amazing experience!! The service was perfect and both the cocktails and food where mind blowing!
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