15 days ago
Overall a wonderful experience and made all the better by Michel Roux doing a walkround, but I was underwhelmed by the dated and gloomy decor and some of the food. We opted for the lunch menu which really is tremendous value for money, but being allergic to seafood meant that my choices were limited. There were no alternatives offered, I just had to choose from what was available on the menu so that left me with only one starter from three which left me feeling slightly neglected. Luckily, my veloute tasted marvellous, and my friend raved about her mackerel. I chose the beef for my main course and was very disappointed indeed. Heavy, gristly and chewy, it was not of a standard I would have expected from a restaurant of this calibre, but the accompanying red wine I had chosen more than made up for my disappointment at the substandard meat and over seasoned and floury sauce. The star of the show for me was the cheese board - never have I seen one so comprehensive, fresh and downright delicious, it really was the stuff dreams are made of and I'll return to Le Gavroche for that alone. I had a marvellous time choosing which ones I would have,and it was nice to have a member of staff who was knowledgeable about every cheese available to help me. The petit fours looked as if they'd been in an accident but tasted reasonable if a little lacklustre considering we were in a two Michelin star restaurant.. Overall, I enjoyed my visit and the staff were excellent from start to finish. Professional, helpful, and never patronising, they were an absolute delight and go a long way towards making the restaurant the experience it is; it's just a shame that the food didn't always live up to their superb standard. Having said that, I'll return and if the main course disappoints again I'll just have two goes at the cheese board instead!