Tucked away on a narrow Soho side street you can easily walk past the beautiful Regency townhouse that houses this Michelin starred restaurant. It is discrete and it is elegant, one rings a brass door bell to gain access to the restaurant and as soon as the door is opened one is met with the warmest of welcomes and this sets the tone for the dining experience ahead – it is sophisticated, professional, passionate and refreshingly friendly.
Spread over several floors the restaurant has two restaurant rooms and five private dining rooms. These all white rooms are elegantly decorated and cosy, splashes of colour are introduced through gorgeous floral arrangements and soft furnishings.
The food is modern French and the menu offers a selection of innovative plats rather than the traditional courses and one can select 3, 4 or 5 plats depending on how you feel. Alternatively one can opt for one of the carefully designed tasting menus. Gauthier offers both a traditional tasting menu with meat and fish and a vegetable tasting menu. The latter can be made fully vegetarian on request. The menus are seasonal and the dishes focus on the simplicity of the ingredients and strive to create a balance between flavours, texture and seasonal availability. This spring look forward to inspiring dishes such as Halibut with Purple Artichoke, Fondant Fennel, Confit Tomatoes and Basil Aromatic Jus; or Welsh Lamb – Pink Roasted Loin with Thyme Braised Lamb Shoulder, Herb & Parmesan Celeriac and Lamb Jus; or Green English Asparagus with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Poached Duck Egg and Parsley Jus. The cheese and dessert selection are magnificent, as is the wine list. Gautier offers both wine and tea pairing menus to accompany your food and the Gautier Sommeliers, Damian Sanchez Perez and Marco Veronesi are on hand to guide you through their carefully selected wine list should you desire. Whilst the wine list definitely has its roots in the South-West of France there is a masterful selection of other wines from around the world and as with the menu the wine list changes regularly. We chose the wine pairing menu to accompany the vegetable tasting menu and were introduced to a magnificent selection of wine from around the world including France, Portugal, Italy and Uruguay. As one would expect each wine brought out the very best in the delicate dishes of the vegetable tasting menu.
Gauthier has a distinguished pedigree, it is the creation of Alexis Gauthier and Gerard Virolle, both of whom have formidable reputations as remarkable chefs and it is no wonder that Gauthier has won many awards since opening its doors in 2010, including a Michelin Star and three AA rosettes.
Footnotes and credits: This is an independent review and the author booked a table as a regular unknown customer and paid for their meal. Photography is from the Gauthier website.