Founded in 1967 by brothers Michel and Albert Roux, Le Gavroche is, by many accounts, the birthplace of the British gastronomy we see today. Reel off some of the names that have rattled pans on these stoves and you'll hear a who's who of influential chefs - Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Koffmann, Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti, Bryn Williams and Jun Tanaka, to name but a few. And of course, Michel Roux Jr himself, who has overseen the kitchen here as Le Gavroche chef-patron for many years now.
When Le Gavroche first opened, London's dining scene was almost non-existent in international terms. Today, the capital boasts one of the most eclectic and exciting food scenes in the world, and a great deal of that started with Le Gavroche.
Though the city has changed a great deal, Le Gavroche has the same elegance, opulence and Gallic charm that it had over 50 years ago. Paintings of the Roux brothers still adorn the walls, The menu, too, has retained many of the same iconic dishes. The iconic souffle Suisse, for example, has never left the a la carte at Le Gavroche. The coquille St. Jacques - seared scallop, nori sable, sea vegetables and smoked eel sauce is another classic. Main dishes on the a la carte certainly aren't cheap, but this is as much about being part of history as it is about the exemplary food and perfect service.
In keeping with the times, there is a fully vegetarian tasting menu, which might feature the likes of seared cauliflower with kohlrabi and miso puree, pickled ribbons and seaweed pearls, or oven-baked celeriac with parsley, beetroot and red onion.
As you'd expect, the restaurant also boasts an extraordinary wine collection, and the cheese trolley is legendary. With two Michelin stars and an unassailable reputation, this is undoubtedly a bucket list London restaurant.