Gauthier Soho

21 Romilly Street, W1D 5AF

WLC Rank : 160

Food Type Cuisine: European

Glass PriceGlass from : £ 9 (125 ml)

+44 (0)20 7494 3111

www.gauthiersoho.co.uk

info@gauthiersoho.co.uk

BEST FOR

Handsome Soho building
Light, refined French cuisine
Wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon

A serious focus on wine extends to selling wine at retail, and the selection is put together with a lot of verve and energy — a joy to read between courses, if your date allows you the indulgence.

REVIEWS

Review 2018

Head Sommelier, Aurelie Taheri cut her teeth at Hélène Darroze’s Paris restaurant, secreted off Rue d’Assas, segueing a little north to La Table du Lancaster, ‘whose chef was the protégé of Michel Troisgros.’ On moving to London, she worked for Gordon Ramsay at The Savoy Grill, followed by The Glasshouse, Kew, The Square, Mayfair, and ultimately, the series of salons that forming the handsome haven that is Gauthier, Soho.

‘Our customers have a lot of expectations, so it would be no good if we selfishly just served uniquely different wines, just to be snobbish, or en vogue,’ reasons Taheri  ‘If we suddenly stopped offering great value wines from Languedoc-Roussillon, our guests could be most upset! But we do work very hard to offer a selection which allows people to occasionally go ‘off-piste’ without too much fear…’

Taheri notes guests primarily book into Gauthier to experience a level of service and quality not usually found at the overall, reasonable price point. ‘We invest heavily in our regular guests, and they come back expecting a certain offering. It’s as if they want to treat the restaurant as their private club, or an extension of their homes. With wine it means pre-empting all the bookings and having special bottles which individual guests might ask for available. Going the extra mile pays off, says Taheri, ‘and our very loyal guests bring their friends, who then also become guests.’

Recent trips have taken Taheri to Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Bergerac, ‘as well as an exquisite discovery of Muscadet.’

The Provence-born chef/patron, Alexis Gauthier, who trained under Alain Ducasse (the first chef to own restaurants carrying three Michelin Stars in three cities), previously operated restaurant Roussillon in Pimlico. His dishes here in Soho may include wild garlic velouté, mushroom royale and herb tempura, followed by textured spring black truffle Acquarello risotto, and roasted guinea fowl with garlic spelt, roast Calçot onion, creamed morel and guinea fowl jus. Unusually for now, dishes carry dietary information – the latter bearing 565 calories.

‘Because Alexis’ cuisine is light, with his approach to vegetables at the forefront of the menu, this allows a lot of scope to create really special pairings,’ says Taheri. ‘We tend to serve light red wines with fish, which is not something I experienced often previously. Also there is a fondness for truffles, which gives us the chance to pair complex Chardonnays from Jura.’

By Douglas Blyde.

Review 2016/17

A serious focus on wine extends to selling wine at retail, and the selection is put together with a lot of verve and energy — a joy to read between courses, if your date allows you the indulgence.

WLC Overall Score 87.6

Value
86
Size
88
Range
89
Originality
85
Service
90

WLC Overall Rank : 160

Food Type Cuisine: European

Glass PriceGlass from : £ 9 (125 ml)

+44 (0)20 7494 3111

www.gauthiersoho.co.uk

info@gauthiersoho.co.uk

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