Gauthier Soho is one of Soho's most intimate restaurants serving modern French cuisine. The restaurant is located in a well presented three-floor Georgian townhouse off Dean Street. When I dined there, I really felt as if I was dining in a chef's house. Fun fact: you have to ring the bell to be let in, then you are guided up a narrow stairway to your table.
MRG, Valentino and I were seated in a cosy well-lit room with white walls and crisp table linens. We were greeted by a very welcoming waiter and who presented us with a menu and a wine list. We all opted for the lunch menu comprising of three courses with two glasses of wine for only £33! This is not to mention that we also had small courses in between the ones we opted for.
Before our starters actually arrived, we were served two rounds of small courses. The former course, a selection of small bites, were all savoury and tasty with interesting textures. The latter course was a refreshing and interesting looking tomato jelly cannelloni with fennel mousse filling.
We all had the Pea & Broad bean risotto to start. Similar in taste and presentation to the Egg, Ham & Peas I tried at Berner's Tavern, this dish had a subtle but solid foundation of flavour from the pea risotto with an added moreish bite from the parmesan. This was all highlighted by the salty accents from the pancetta in addition to its welcoming crisp texture. The dark brown chicken jus added a drop of intensity to the dish and in my opinion, lifted it to another level. Overall, very classic but absolutely divine.
My main course was the Cornish Plaice. This dish was less impressive than the starter but decent nevertheless. In contrast to the starter, the dish was seriously lacking in colour which just made it look less appealing. On the other hand, the plaice was cooked very delicately and was laid on a smooth sauce. The dish just needed to look more fresh and less bland.
To my envy, MRG enjoyed a wonderful looking duck breast which surpassed the plaice in terms of flavour and presentation.
After a delightful palette cleanser, I had a dark chocolate and praline tart. The dessert was obviously rich but not to an overwhelming level. The dark chocolate had a depth of flavour which was uplifted by the salt flakes on it. This was all balanced out by the thin buttery pastry and the tangy freshness of the yoghurt sorbet (which I could have had more of).
In summary, you have it all at Gauthier. The exquisite classic french cuisine, the excellent service, the notable wine list, the fine dining ambience AND most of all, the friendly prices. Gauthier Soho is definitely a restaurant to not be ignored. If you want the bargain, head there for lunch!
21 Romilly St
London W1D 5AF
Lunch 2 courses £18pp; Lunch three courses £25pp (with two glasses of wine £33)
Price details for a la carte and tasting menus can be found here.